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YA novel Hope to feature in #stagetopage UK tour

 
The #stagetopage tour kicks off at Waterstones Piccadilly on Friday 22 September from 6.30-8.30pm. Book your tickets here.
 
It's the summer before sixth-form college. When Hope doesn't get into drama college, and her friends do, all her plans fall apart. She's also struggling with grief for her father and the sense that her own body is against her. A chance meeting on a ferry with an attractive Irish boy and a summer job with the Singing Medicine group at Birmingham Children’s Hospital force her to rethink her future plans, but it won't be easy. When things seem to be all over, it might be just the beginning…
 
This beautiful novel, from the Carnegie nominated author of The Boy who Drew the Futureexamines the decisions young people need to make at a critical point in their lives and the relationships that help shape their future. It also highlights the little known Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), which many women unknowingly suffer from. The hospital setting provides a background for joy and tragedy that mirrors Hope’s own journey to find her real passions and future plans with the help of her family and friends. 
 
 Hope was launched at Waterstones Birmingham last week, with book blogger Chelley Toy and music from the Singing Medicine choir. 
 
Rhian will also be touring the UK this autumn as part of the #stagetopage tour that focuses on YA books about music with Chris Russell (Songs about A Girl, Songs about Us), Eleanor Wood (Becoming Betty), Sophia Bennett (Love Song) and Sheena Wilkinson (Street Song). The tour will visit Waterstones stores in Piccadilly, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Cheltenham, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Liverpool, Uxbridge, Cardiff and Newcastle.
 
 
Praise for Hope
 
'Brilliant! Touching & truthful. A really full, impressive book.' Tracy Rees, Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller winner
 
‘Rhian Ivory’s Hope immediately won me over for its ability – rare among UK writers – to capture the modern Irish dialect without venturing into “Oirish” territory. Her own voice is completely believable and makes this issue-heavy story both authentic and engaging.’ Claire Hennessey, The Irish Times
 
‘I thoroughly enjoyed this little gem. It's out today. You should check it out.’ Cat Clarke, bestselling Zoella & Whsmiths Book club author
 
‘A wonderful believable read. Hope is an honest and powerful voice that will speak to many.' Eve Ainsworth


 
'Real characters to root for, laugh with, cry for, and a subject that should be more widely shared.' Joanna Nadin
 
‘A beautifully told story. Hope is a beautifully written book about grief, self-doubt, courage and hope. It made me cry. It also made me download the clue app. An excellent read!’ Liz Corr, author of The Witch’s Kiss
 
‘Rhian Ivory’s HOPE is strong and wise and kind and gorgeous. I loved it. Hope is a beautiful book and so carefully covers the hard stuff.’ Alice Broadway, bestselling author of Ink
 
‘Loved the characters, and the writing is just gorgeous’ Liz Flanagan, best-selling author of Eden Summer
 
'This book is WONDERFUL.' Emma Pass
 
'Honest, feminist, uplifting & important' Susie Day 
 
‘SO, SO GOOD. Brilliant characters & a complete emotional rollercoaster. At one point, I wept like a baby.’ Eloise Williams, bestselling author of Gaslight
 
‘Singing Medicine is very proud to be part of Hope.’ Rebecca Ledgard, CEO of Singing Medicine
 

 

Half Price Late Summer Sale

For the second half of the summer holidays we are selling our books half price when bought through the Firefly Press website, including free P&P until 4 September 2017.

You can search all of our books in the 'Books' tab above. Here’s a taste of some of the titles we have on offer for children and teen readers:
 
Middle Grade: Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink – selected for the Animal Agents summer reading challenge in a library near you this summer. Meet Alex and Jess, Bob the Goldfish and Dexter the pigeon as they go undercover on a terrifying and rather smelly mission to protect their fellow pupils. Described as 'a very funny story full of suspenseful moments' by the Primary Times.
 
Or if time out of school means messing about with your friends, and enemies, try Scrambled by Huw Davies, shortlisted for the junior fiction prize in the Heart of Hawick Awards.
 
For a more out of this world experience you could trek the Martian prairies with Lora, Al and Toaster in Lost on Mars and The Martian Girl by Paul Magrs, or the ghostly Alien Rain by Ruth Morgan. Or go back in time with Victorian thriller Gaslight by Eloise Williams.
 
Younger readers might like to choose from our Dragonfly series:

Thimble is a very clever and very naughty monkey, and just the best friend Jams has been looking for. Already on the Summer Reading Challenge, Thimble Monkey Superstar is also shortlisted for the Lollies Laugh Out Loud Book Awards 2017. You can join our #votethimble campaign by voting for the madcap monkey at shop.scholastic.co.uk/lollies

Or why not go on holiday this summer to Elen’s Island (Eloise Williams), check out what’s going bump in the night with Pete and the Five-A-Side Vampires (Malachy Doyle), uncover some witchy goings on with Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners (Sharon Marie-Jones) or fly with the dragons in our hugely popular Dragon Gold books by Shoo Rayner.
 
YA thrillers for summer:
 
If you haven’t ventured into Kat Ellis futuristic thriller Purge yet, now is most definitely the time. Or try The Territory and The Territory Escape by Sarah Govett, shortlisted for the Trinity Schools Book Award 2018.

YA novel on teenage homelessness and power of friendship for 2018

 

Firefly has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to YA novel Behind Closed Doors by Miriam Halahmy, from the Anne Clark Literary Agency. Publishing in June 2018 this is a moving and heartfelt novel about the precarious nature of home life for teens teetering on the edge of homelessness, and the relationships that can bring them back from the brink.

Fifteen-year-olds, Tasha and Josie, are near-neighbours but not friends. Neither knows the stresses of the other’s life. But when their families let them down they find themselves unlikely allies in a battle against homelessness. Behind Closed Doors examines what it means to be loved and how to find meaning in life when there is no love at home.

Miriam Halahmy has published novels, short stories and poetry for adults and young people. Hidden (2011) was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and was chosen as Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week. Other books include Illegal, Stuffed and The Emergency Zoo.

Miriam said: 'I'm enormously excited to be publishing with Firefly. My books are realistic stories and my characters are ordinary people faced with dilemmas who have to dig deep to find the hero inside themselves. I like writing about secrets that cannot be revealed until the problem is solved. Ultimately, I write because I have something to say.'

Firefly Publisher, Penny Thomas, said: ‘We're delighted to sign such a talented and accomplished author as Miriam Halahmy. Behind Closed Doors is a sensitive and involving novel with characters readers can love and identify with. We're proud to be publishing this title in 2018 on our growing YA list.’

Firefly publishes quality fiction for five to 19 year olds and is publishing a second YA title from Rhian Ivory, Hope, in September 2017, alongside MG adventure The Jewelled Jaguar from Sharon Tregenza and Thimble Holiday Havoc, a sequel to the Lollies nominated Thimble Monkey Superstar, by Jon Blake and Martin Chatterton in November.

 

 

 

Firefly Press acquires two Golden Egg Academy writers

We are delighted to have acquired world rights to two new middle-grade stories by Golden Egg Academy alumna Jennifer Killick, from Kirsty McLachan at David Godwin Associates following the launch of her May 2017 debut Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink which was a selected title for the Summer Reading Challenge 2017. The second in the series, Alex Sparrow and the Furry Fury will publish in spring 2018 and a third title, Mo, Lottie and the Junkers, in 2019.

We have also acquired world rights to a middle-grade historical novel, Flight based on the story of the Lipizzaner horses in World War 2, from Vanessa Harbour a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Winchester and Academic & Business Consultant and Editor at Golden Egg Academy. Flight will be published in summer 2018. 
 
Firefly publisher Penny Thomas said: 'We're delighted to have signed both these wonderful authors. Jennifer has a real comic talent and Alex Sparrow is proving hugely popular with readers, while Flight is a beautifully written, compelling story based around real events.'
 
 

Create an animal character to appear in Jennifer Killick's new book

We are very happy to announce a brand new writing and drawing competition to create an animal character to appear in the next hilarious book by Jennifer Killick, Alex Sparrow and the Furry Fury, sequel to the Summer Reading Challenge selected Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink. We are running the competition with the marvellous new children's magazine, Scoop
 
Best friends Alex Sparrow and Jess have crazy super powers and have been recruited by the Professor to solve mysteries at their school. They already have the help of Bob the Goldfish who is very clever and very anxious and they need another pet or animal that can help them solve the next mystery. 
 
The competition is open to all children in the UK and Ireland for ages 7-12 and the deadline for entries is 29 September 2017.
 
The winner will see their animal character written into Alex Sparrow and the Furry Fury (out spring 2018), an advance signed copy, their name in the acknowledgements in the book and a school visit from the author. 
 
Click here for full details of the competition or check out the summer edition of Scoop magazine available to order online.