New April books!
It’s officially spring! The sun is shining on us here at a Chicken House HQ and three fantastic little book chicks have just hatched. If you like fantasy and magic, April is the month for you. Here’s what's out now … (more…)
Alex loves magic – its glamour, tricks and illusions.
He’s good at it, too: he’s reached the semi-finals of a prestigious competition for young magicians. But when he stumbles into eccentric Mr Olmos’s back garden while running from his former best friend, Alex sees something he can’t explain: three tiny flames floating in the air. Fire magic. Real magic. Soon, Alex and Mr Olmos are swept up in a great adventure of secrets, genies and an ancient, bitter rivalry ...
Introducing THE FIRE MAKER
We’re so thrilled to announce that we’ve acquired the second novel by Guy Jones, author of beautiful and critically acclaimed The Ice Garden. Guy’s new middle-grade, standalone novel is called The Fire Maker and it’s a magical-realist adventure with a genie at its heart and the feel of an instant classic. (more…)
Guy was born in Botswana, grew up in Bedfordshire and now lives in St Albans with his wife and step-daughter.
He spent a decade writing for the theatre, including the West End musical Never Forget, before finally knuckling down to write a book.
The Ice Garden is his first novel.
Jess is allergic to the sun.
She lives indoors in a world of shadows and hospitals, peeking at the other children in the playground from behind curtains. Her only friend is a boy in a coma, to whom she tells stories. One night she sneaks out to explore the empty playground she’s longed to visit, where she discovers a beautiful impossibility: a magical garden wrought of ice. But Jess isn’t alone in this fragile, in-between place …
A tale of loneliness, friendship and the healing power of love, set between the real, contemporary world and a world of ice and magic – sure to capture the imaginations of readers.