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Firefly Press acquires YA novel Summer of no Regrets

We are delighted to announce that we have acquired UK & Commonwealth rights to Summer of no Regrets, a diverse, ‘up lit’ YA novel by debut author Kate Mallinder from Hannah Sheppard from DHH Literary Agency.

Summer of no Regrets is a feel-good contemporary novel about friendship which touches on the big issues faced daily by teenagers who are growing up and finding their own sense of independence. It will publish in paperback in May 2019.
After Hetal’s gran shares her life-long regret about not seeing her now terminally ill best friend for 50 years, friends Cam, Hetal, Nell and Sasha decide to have a summer of #NoRegrets. But living their summer regret-free isn’t as simple as it first seems and as their lives unravel it’s their friendship that gives them the strength to face up to the future.
Firefly Editor Rebecca Lloyd says: 'Summer of No Regrets is a perfect, heart warming read for teenage girls, with a mix of humour, sensitivity and real-life issues. Its socially and ethnically diverse group of girls have wonderfully authentic and supportive relationships – it is a life-enhancing celebration of friendship.’
Kate Mallinder says: ‘I’m thrilled that Summer of No Regrets is to be published by the award-winning team at Firefly. It is quite literally my daydream come true.’
Kate Mallinder lives with her husband, four children and a grumpy cat near Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire. She wrote Summer of No Regrets as part of her own ‘no regrets’ pledge, along with trying to surf, which didn’t go so well. If left to her own devices, she’d live on a window seat with a good book and a never-ending cup of tea. @KateMallinder
For general information contact Megan Farr at
For rights enquiries contact Hannah Sheppard, DHH Literary Agency at 836 7376

The Jewelled Jaguar wins the Calderdale Children’s Book of the Year 2018

We are thrilled that The Jewelled Jaguar by Sharon Tregenza has won the Calderdale Children’s Book of the Year 2018. Sharon was presented with her award at a ceremony at Halifax Town Hall on 22 June. 


Sharon says 'It was an extraordinary day, so rewarding with kids that were totally engaged. I loved it.'

The other shortlisted books were:

Fish Boy by Chloe Daykin
His Royal Whiskers by Sam Gayton
The Elephant Thief by Jane Kerr

Furry Fury voted for #PrimarySchoolBookClub

Alex Sparrow and the Furry Fury by Jennifer Killick has been voted as the #PrimarySchoolBookClub book to read over June. Organised by Scott Evans, a primary school teacher based in south Wales, the #PrimarySchoolBookClub has a strong following among primary school teachers across the UK. 

Many thanks to everyone who voted. You can buy your copy here with free P&P, and it is also available on Amazon and in your local bookshop. Join Jennifer on #PrimarySchoolBookClub to chat about Alex Sparrow and the Furry Fury on 30 June from 7-8pm.


The Clockwork Crow cover reveal

Familybookworms have revealed the cover for Catherine Fisher’s new MG novel, The Clockwork Crow: a magical story of snow and stars, publishing on 4 October. 
The stunning cover, designed by Anne Glenn, is shown here in its full glory.
When Seren Rhys is given a newspaper parcel by a stranger late at night in an empty train station, she has no idea what trouble it contains. She is on her way to a new life at the remote house of Plas-y-Fran in Wales, but when she gets there the happy family Christmas she had hoped for turns out to be an illusion. Because their son Tomos has been missing for a year and a day, and if the strange and dangerous Family have really taken him, who would be mad enough to try and get him back? 
Armed with a talking bird who might not be telling the truth, a magical snow-globe and her own indomitable courage, Seren sets off on a journey into a midnight world of snow and stars, to an ice palace unlocked only by a Door of Blood and Tears.
The Clockwork Crow is a gripping Christmas tale of enchantment and belonging, set in a frost-bound mansion in snowy mid-Wales. It is due for publication on 4 October 2018, and is available for pre-order here or from your local independent bookshop.
Head over to familybookworms for further information and an exclusive extract.

Tir na n-Og Awards 2018

We were delighted to have two titles shortlisted for the Tir na n-Og Awards 2018, Gaslight by Eloise Williams and The Jewelled Jaguar by Sharon Tregenza. The Tir na n-Og Awards are sponsored by CILIP Cymru Wales and presented annually by the Welsh Books Council to honour original work by authors and illustrators of children's books in Welsh and English.
It was a stonkingly good shortlist this year. Find out more here. 
The English award ceremony was held at the National Library of Wales as part of the CILIP Cymru Wales conference at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth.
Here is Firefly editor Janet Thomas with Sharon Tregenza at the ceremony.

And here are the shortlisted authors together.

Congratulations to Hayley Long who won this year's Award!