Wales-based children’s and YA publisher Firefly Press has acquired world rights to two new middle-grade stories by Golden Egg Academy alumna Jennifer Killick, from Kirsty McLachan at DGA 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.
Firefly publisher Penny Thomas said she was "delighted" to have acquired Jennifer's books, "Jennifer has a real comic talent and Alex Sparrow is proving hugely popular with readers..."
Firefly Press has also launched a writing and drawing competition with new children's magazine, Scoop for children aged 7-12 to create an animal character who will appear in Alex Sparrow and the Furry Fury. The winner will see their animal character written into the book, an advance signed copy, their name in the acknowledgements in the book and a school visit from the author. The deadline for entries is 29 September 2017. For further details visit www.fireflypress.co.uk.
Jennifer has always wanted to be a writer, but really got started when she applied for a Creative Writing MA at Brunel University, which is where she first got the idea for Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink. She lives in Uxbridge, in a house full of children, animals and Lego.
Firefly Press is an independent children’s and YA publisher based in Cardiff and Aberystwyth. Set up in 2013, Firefly is one of the only dedicated children’s publishers in Wales and publishes quality fiction for 5-19 years olds. Firefly Press was shortlisted for IPG Best Newcomer Independent Publisher Awards 2017.