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The Fire Maker - by Guy Jones

Published by Chicken House
4 April 2018
Paperback, £6.99
Ages 9 +

The Book: Following his sparkling debut, The Ice Garden, Guy Jones introduces a new magical-realist world in THE FIRE MAKER. The story is told from the point of view of young Alex who loves magic tricks – and he’s good at them, too. But when he stumbles into eccentric Mr Olmos’s back garden, he sees a kind of magic he can’t explain: three tiny flames floating in the air. Soon, Alex and Mr Olmos are swept up in a great adventure of secrets, genies and an ancient, bitter rivalry ... (see below for more information).

The Event: For the event, Jones uses THE FIRE MAKER, which is both magical and real, to show how he has created his characters, how he connected them to his magical realism world and how he developed his ideas. He will guide students through the process of imagining their own characters and worlds in order to start their own stories.

Event Date(s): Friday 21 June, Friday 28 June (Other dates available upon request)

Event timings: 45mins - 1hr - including a Q&A. Book signing to follow (allow 30 mins minimum)

Audience: Years 4 - 6 (9 - 11 year olds), 100+ students 

Fee: Author Fee waived, but book sales and promotion of the book sales in advance would be expected from participating schools. NB: Pea Green Boat Books will supply schools with Letters Home and Posters and handle pre-orders online to minimise school admin (cash and card sales accepted on the day).

Equipment: Powerpoint facilities. Guy can bring his powerpoint on a USB stick.


Chicken House BooksPRESS RELEASE

THE FIRE MAKER is the second middle-grade standalone novel by the acclaimed author of The Ice Garden. A magical-realist adventure with a genie at its heart and the feel of an instant classic.

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 strange 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 ...

Gorgeously written and beautifully observed THE FIRE MAKER covers themes of trickery, trust and ambition with the unforgettable friendship between Alex and the elderly Mr Olmos taking centre stage.

Praise for The Ice Garden:

‘A beautiful book that touches on friendship and the unbreakable bond between a protective parent and her child.’  THE SUN

‘Jess’s plight, tenderness and resilience will charm and move readers aged ten and older as reality and desire collide in unexpected ways.  LITERARY REVIEW MAGAZINE

‘Elegant, assured, sad and hilarious’  GUARDIAN

‘The book is beautifully written, full of carefully observed little details and vivid descriptions.’  READING ZONE

‘The drama of The Ice Garden, both in its beauty and in its destruction, is gripping; the reader feels the chill – but also the excitement … this is a story you want to read to the final word.’  BOOKS FOR KEEPS



Guy Jones was born in Botswana, grew up in Bedfordshire and now lives in St Albans. He spent a decade writing for the theatre, including the West End musical Never Forget, before finally knuckling down to write his first book The Ice Garden. The Fire Maker is his second novel. Connect with him on twitter @guyjones80


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