The Kelpies Series from Floris Books - Publisher of the Month
The Kelpies range, published by Floris Books since 2002, comprises over 40 children’s novels set in Scotland or with Scottish themes, suitable for 8 to 12-year-olds. One of our best known Kelpies, First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts by Lari Don, was the winner of the Royal Mail Award for Younger Readers in 2009. It quickly became a popular series for the Edinburgh author and storyteller. This summer the series reaches a thrilling end with the publication of the fourth and final book, Maze Running and Other Magical Missions.
Some of our recent Kelpies include The Daemon Parallel by Roy Gill, a supernatural adventure about a dark, parallel Edinburgh, and Magnus Fin and the Selkie Secret, the third book in the popular Magnus Fin Trilogy by Janis Mackay. This autumn we are also looking forward to publishing Really Weird Removals.com, a Ghostbusters-style adventure with a Scottish twist by Daniela Sacerdoti, author of the Sarah Midnight Trilogy.
Younger readers are not left out with the Young Kelpies range suitable for 6 to 9-year-olds. The Young Kelpies highlight of 2012 is the forthcoming publication of Cloudberry Castle: Ballerina Dreams, the third book in the fabulously girly Cloudberry Castle series by Janey Louise Jones, author of the Princess Poppy books. Katie loves life at the Cloudberry School of Dance but she is torn between her old friend and the audition of a lifetime.
The Kelpies Prize
The Kelpies Prize was created in 2005 to encourage original Scottish fiction for 8 to 12-year-olds. The prize is awarded annually in August. Last year’s winner was How to Make a Golem (and Terrify People), a quirky and muddy adventure by Alette J. Willis. Find out how to enter the prize and learn more about previous winners at http://www.florisbooks.co.uk/kelpiesprize/
The child-friendly Kelpies website, DiscoverKelpies, encourages children to discover more about the Kelpies books and find new favourites with no pressure to buy. Fun features include author interviews, quizzes and competitions. Children are invited to sign up for the monthly Discover Kelpies eNewsletter and there is also a Kelpies blog to keep readers updated about recent events and breaking news.
In the last year, Floris Books has joined the social media revolution, and you can now find us on Facebook and Twitter. Our Discover Kelpies Facebook page is filled with pictures from our events, info on our authors, links to book reviews and games inspired by our books.
Keep up to date with our Kelpies books and authors on Twitter by following @DiscoverKelpies. We enjoy sharing tweets and news with publishers, authors, reviewers and, of course, our readers.
Floris Books entered the world of eBooks in 2011 and a number of our Kelpies are now available as eBooks including The First Aid for Fairies series, the Magnus Fin series, Cloudberry Castle, The Daemon Parallel and How to Make a Golem (and Terrify People), with more to come this autumn.