Delighted to announce that The Lost Magician has won the Teach Primary Book Award 2019 (KS2)
The runner up was Our Castle by The Sea , by Lucy Strange, and the other shortlisted titles were Unexpected Twist by Michael Rosen, The Whispers by Greg Howard, The Train to Impossible Places by PG Bell and Boy 87 by Ele Fountain.
One of the judges, Dan Freedman, praised the book’s “magical storytelling”
I’m thrilled the book has been honoured amongst such wonderful stories and look forward to more readers, in and outside the classroom, discovering the world of Folio.
I am delighted to reveal the cover and title of the next instalment in The Lost Magician series…
THE FROZEN SEA!
It is 1984 and forty years since Simon, Patricia and Evelyn and Larry first stepped through a magical library door into the enchanted world of Folio. When Patricia’s daughter, Jewel, makes a mysterious discovery in an old bookshop, she begins a quest that will make her question everything she thought she knew. Summoned to Folio, she is sent on a perilous rescue mission, helped only by her pet hamster and a malfunctioning robot.
Their mission to the Frozen Sea will bring them face-to-face with a danger both more deadly and more magnificent than they ever imagined.
What Jewel discovers will change not just who she thinks she is, but who we all think we are…
The book is due to be published on the 5th September 2019 and you can pre-order from Waterstones here
And enter a competition to win a proof giveaway here
The Lost Magician is shortlisted for the inaugural Biblio-Buzz Alexandra Palace Book Awards, formerly Haringey Children’s Book Awards.
Chosen by librarians in my local borough of Haringey, the full shortlist in alphabetic order, is:
Child I Tasane, Steve
Kat Wolfe Investigates St John, Lauren
Kick Johnson, Mitch
The Lost Magician Torday, Piers
Tin Kenny, Padraig
Will You Catch Me? Elson, Jane
Schools and groups of children across the borough will now read and discuss these 6 books, culminating in the participating children voting for their favourite at the ceremony on Tuesday 2nd April at Alexandra Palace.
Congratulations all my fellow nominees and thank you once more, the librarians of Haringey.
I’m delighted to announce that my publishers, Hachette Children’s Group (HCG) imprint Quercus Children’s has bought a new fantasy series.
The first book will be The Lost Magician, set in 1945, about four children who step through a mysterious library door into the world of Folio, where an enchanted kingdom of fairy knights, bears and tree gods is under threat from a sinister robot army. The many stories of the library are locked in eternal war, and the children’s only hope is to find their creator – a magician who has been lost for centuries.
Sarah Lambert, editorial director for HCG, secured UK & Commonwealth rights in a three book deal from Clare Conville at C + W.
“Piers Torday is without doubt a master storyteller for children, and we couldn’t be more delighted to launch his eagerly awaited new series,” said Lambert. “Thrilling adventure, unforgettable characters and Piers’ trademark humour are wrapped up in a rich, exciting world. We can’t wait for readers to step through the library door and discover what lies beyond.
The Lost Magician will be published in hardback in September 2018, with two more titles to follow at a later date.
I can now also reveal the spectacular and magic artwork for the cover by the super talented Ben Mantle – more to come soon…