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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. 

 

YA novel The Territory shortlisted for 2018 schools award

 

The Territory, the first novel in the chilling dystopian YA trilogy by Sarah Govett, has been shortlisted for the Trinity Schools Book Award 2018 (TSBA). The theme for the Award for 2017-18 is A New World.

The TSBA was launched in 2014-15 by librarians from the Trinity group of schools (22 independent senior schools based in London and the South East) with the aim of celebrating quality writing, both recent and older titles, on a theme. 
 
Students in participating schools will now read the shortlisted books through the autumn and spring terms, then vote on a winner in February. The Awards also run student competitions alongside the main book awards for the best book reviews and best creative response to a book. The winners (author and student) will be announced on 2 March 2018.
 
Other books shortlisted: 
Susan Cooper – Ghost Hawk
Sarah Crossan – The Weight of Water
Elizabeth Laird – Welcome to Nowhere
Gemma Malley – The Declaration
Philip Reeve – Railhead
Shaun Tan – The Arrival
 
 
 

New release Fug and the Thumps by Malachy Doyle coming to Firefly Press soon

 

For the third in our series featuring our Dragonfly authors for younger readers, we talk to Malachy Doyle, author of Pete and the Five-a-Side Vampires, which was selected for the Summer Reading Challenge 2016. Malachy's new book Fug and the Thumps, an adventure story for 8-11s perfect for reluctant readers, will be publishing with Firefly Press in February 2018. 

Read the Q&A with Malachy Doyle.

 
To celebrate Thimble Monkey Superstar being shortlised for the Lollies 2017, we are offering all Dragonfly books at half price plus free p&p ordered on the Firefly website.
 
Please #VoteThimble for the #Lollies2017 Awards over at the Scholastic Shop.