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Author of the Month

Vashti Hardy

Vashti Hardy splits her time between Brighton and Lancashire. She was a primary school teacher for several years and has a special interest in children's writing, especially free-writing and the use of journals and creating fantasy worlds.

She has a first-class honours teaching degree with English specialism and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester. Vashti is an alumni member and writing buddy of The Golden Egg Academy. Her debut, Brightstorm, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2019 and her second novel, Wildspark, won the Blue Peter Book Award 2020.

New from Vashti Hardy

Firesong - Vashti Hardy


The exciting conclusion to the Brightstorm twins' adventure-packed story! Arthur, Maudie, and the rest of the Aurora crew are going on a mission to the Volcanic North, where years before their parents discovered the moth that is their family symbol. But their scheming, ambitious aunt, Eudora Vane, is still dedicated to destroying the Brightstorm family name, and the further north the Aurora travels, the more long-buried secrets are revealed...

The long-awaited conclusion to the Brightstorm twins' trilogy Brightstorm was selected as the first Booksellers Association Children's Book of the Season, won the West Sussex Children's Story Book Award, was shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Awards and the Waterstones' Children's Book Prize, and longlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award Perfect for fans of books by Peter Bunzl, Abi Elphinstone, and Alex Bell "Hardy has drunk from the same cup as Philip Reeve and Philip Pullman.




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