Firefly bags Stewart's 'exquisite' middle-grade debut

Firefly bags Stewart's 'exquisite' middle-grade debut

Independent children's and YA press Firefly has acquired Sam Stewart's debut middle-grade novel Fireblood, a "heart racing adventure" about dragons.

The book revolves around Finn and Tula, who in an attempt to save their father, are sucked from their very familiar Bristol home into a world they never knew even existed. Discovering their father's involvement with dragons, the siblings must help save him and the world they know, and discover the truth of their heritage.

Publisher Penny Thomas acquired UK and Commonwealth rights for Fireblood from Lucy Irvine at Peters Fraser and Dunlop. The novel is slated for publication in spring 2023.

"Delving into dragon lore and mythology, Fireblood is a truly heart-racing adventure,’ said editor Leonie Lock. "The bond between Finn and Tula is so moving and Sam's worldbuilding is exquisite. Complete with subtle nods to Welsh history and culture, this title is sure to shine on any middle-grade bookshelf."

Stewart commented: "I'm delighted that the inspiring Firefly team has taken Fireblood under their wing. It has been years in the making, and is a story not just of flight and flame, fear and fury but of family and friendship too. It is very close to my heart. I hope the pace, magic and mystery of it will enthrall readers far and wide."