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Back to School Half Price Sale!

STOP PRESS! We are selling all Firefly books published before 30 August 2019 at half price plus free P&P to all registered schools in the UK. Browse our catalogue on the website and place your order at


Cupcakes, detectives, foxes, witches and zumbies, we have a book for every child this autumn


For ages 9+  £6.99  Published 5 September
Catherine O'Flynn

The Times Children’s Book of the Week

Lori wants to be a detective but, so far, the most exciting mystery she has solved is the disappearance of her nan’s specs down the side of the sofa. Max is the new girl at school and Lori is asked to look after her. Max is odd. She doesn’t fit in – but then Lori doesn’t really fit in either.

When some charity money goes missing and Max disappears, Lori seems to be the only person who doesn’t think Max has stolen it and run away. Even the police don’t want to investigate and suddenly Lori finds she has a real crime on her hands.
Praise for Lori and Max

'This thrilling, funny, perceptive detective story is in a class of its own.'
The Times Children’s Book of the Week

'A wittily told detective story about two eccentric and endearing girls - it’s a real page-turner.' Jacqueline Wilson

'the story is by turns funny, sad and challenging but always engrossing and a true page-turner.' BookTrust 

‘Full of wit, hope, friendship and all the clever clues and twists you’d expect from a story with ‘detecting’ at its core.’ Library Girl and Book Boy

Buy Lori and Max here with free P&P


For ages 11+  £7.99  Publishing 11 September
Anna Mainwaring

Jesobel Jones is bold and beautiful. The daughter of a hand model and a washed-up rock star, she sees no need to apologise for her rambling house, her imperfect family, her single status ... or her weight. Jess makes her own cupcakes and she eats them, too. That is, until Own Clothes Day when a wardrobe malfunction leaves Jess exposed, and a mean girl calling her the one thing that’s never bothered her before: fat.

Pre-order Rebel with a Cupcake with free P&P here


For ages 9+  £6.99  Publishing 12 September
Jennifer Killick

Latest in the hilarious Alex Sparrow series

The Zumbies are on the rampage – members of the Cherry Tree Lane zumba class are apparently dying and then mysteriously coming back to life!

Alex, Jess and Dave have to put a stop to it before Alex’s mum and nan join the living Zumba dead or there’ll be no family Christmas.

But why are the Zumbies curiously drawn to the Christmas lights? What does the Octopus sign mean? And who is the evil genius behind it all?

Praise for Alex Sparrow and the Zumbie Apocalypse:

'Christmas has turned creepy on Cherry Tree Lane. Beware the Zumbies'  Charlie Crisp, aged 9
'It's the best book we've ever read,' Kestrel Class, Year 4, Holy Cross Primary School, Liverpool

Pre-order Alex Sparrow and the Zumbie Apocalypse with free P&P here


For ages 7+  £6.99  Publishing 30 September
Sharon Marie Jones
Sequel to Grace Ella: Spells for Beginners

Grace-Ella is nervous and excited to go to Witch Camp, with her cat Mr Whiskins, of course. She is put in a cabin with Dilys, Mati and Aisha. Grace-Ella likes them all. But when Dilys’s broomstick flying goes very wrong, and Mati convinces them breaking the rules and going into the woods at night is the only way to help her, Grace-Ella finds herself on a real adventure. Will she be able to save her friends?

Praise for Grace Ella: Witch Camp

'Absolutely enchanting - a spell-binding tale of friendship and magic.' Claire Fayers
'Shimmers with magic, friendship and adventure.' Julie Sykes
'Bubbling with magic, bravery and friendship.' Bookloverjo
'Prepare to be bewitched ... An awesome read.' Nina, Family Bookworms
'The young witches need to find courage and self-belief to succeed ... a thoroughly uplifting and satisfying read.' Wendy White

Pre-order Grace Ella: Witch Camp with free P&P here

For ages 9+  £6.99  Publishing 3 October
Catherine Fisher
Sequel to the award-winning The Clockwork Crow

Orphan Seren Rhys is enjoying her first summer at Plas-y-Fran. But as autumn arrives, it brings with it a mysterious new governess who seems intent on drawing Tomos away from Seren and his family.
Dangerous figures from a bewitched toy carousel stalk the house and, fearing the worst, Seren calls on the clockwork crow to help her. But can he reach her in time, and will Tomos be able to escape the magical creatures threatening to ensnare him, led by the Velvet Fox?

'A writer whose strange magic is impossible to resist.' Daniel Hahn

'Catherine Fisher has woven her magic once more, twisting fairy tales, folklore and fantasy into a spellbinding tale.' Family Bookworms

'A magical thriller with a difference.' Amanda Craig

Pre-order The Velvet Fox with free P&P here


Firefly Press acquires YA thriller by Nicola Davies

We are super excited to announce that we have acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in Skull Gully, the first novel in an environmental thriller trilogy Speakers by Nicola Davies, from Veronique Baxter of David Higham.

Skull Gully is set in a world where Speakers, who can communicate with animals, were once revered but are now shunned and hunted by government forces. So when Harlon’s younger brother and sister, Ash and Xeno, began lining up robins and mice in the garden, their parents packed the whole family off to a place where no one would find them. But now they have…
Penny Thomas, Firefly Press Publisher, says: 'Nicola is a wonderful writer whose books for younger children are deservedly much loved. Skull Gully is a riveting rollercoaster ride for older readers through our perceptions of the natural world and what binds us to it. We are so delighted to be working with Nicola and publishing this terrific and important novel.'
Skull Gully is publishing in spring 2021.

Empowering Teens in YA panel event

Empowering Teens in YA: Lucy Powrie, Kate Mallinder, Alexandra Sheppard and Gill Stewart

Foyles Charing Cross, London
Thursday 25 July, 6.30-9pm
Meet some of the most exciting voices in young adult literature during a special panel discussion with authors Lucy Powrie (The Paper & Hearts Society), Alexandra Sheppard (Oh My Gods!), Firefly author Kate Mallinder (Summer of No Regrets), and Gill Stewart (Lily’s Just Fine) on the eve of YALC.
Sitting down with award-winning book blogger Michelle Toy, the panel will explore the topic of 'Empowering Teens in YA', focusing on characterisation, storytelling and representation as means of encouraging young people's creative expression through reading.

Firefly Authors at YALC

We are delighted to announce that two Firefly authors will be appearing at YALC this year, part of the London Film and Comic Con 26 - 28 July 2019.  Kate Mallinder (Summer of No Regrets) and Anna Mainwaring (Tulip Taylor) will be on the Friday panel, with Sabina Khan, Clare Rees and Dan Freedman.  We can't wait!  More information and tickets HERE