The Firebird Mystery (Jack Mason #1)

Author(s): Darrell Pitt

Middle Fiction (8-12)

Jack Mason has grown up as an acrobat in a circus. Now, after the tragic death of his parents, he must live inside the gloomy walls of Sunnyside Orphanage in London, a city of fog and snow, filled with airships, steam cars and metrotowers that stretch into space. Luckily for Jack, he's taken under the wing of the brilliant and eccentric detective Ignatius Doyle. Little does he know how dangerous life is about to become. A girl named Scarlet Bell comes seeking the great detective's help. Her father has been kidnapped, and the future of the world itself may be at stake. Is the evil hand of Professor M pulling all the strings? Mr Doyle and Jack know there is no time to lose. With all its twists and turns and helter-skelter action, The Firebird Mystery is an addictive story and a spellbinding homage to the world of Victorian literature that will appeal to readers of all ages.


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* Wide review coverage in major newspapers such as Herald Sun, Adelaide Advertiser and NZ Herald * Review coverage in specialist YA and children's magazines including Magpies, Viewpoint and K-Zone * Feature interview in major newspaper * Interviews in specialist children's and trade magazines * Radio interviews across Australia and New Zealand * Online review coverage on blogs such as Hypable, Alphabet Soup and Speculating on Spec Fic * Online author interviews and guest posts on sites such as Kids Book Review, Gobblefunked and Diva Booknerd * Text is offering a love-it-or-your-money-back guarantee * Limited number of bound proofs available to the trade * Limited number of chapter samplers available to the trade * Large-scale online advertising campaign on kids magazine and game sites such as K-Zone and D-Mag * Advertisements in YA / education publications such as View Point and Magpies * Major consumer competitions including the chance to win a hot air balloon ride * Significant budget for bookseller catalogues * Advertisements in bookseller newsletters and catalogues * Banner advertising on bookseller websites * Posters and bookmarks available to the trade * Feature title in Text newsletters and website * Major social media campaign including dedicated Twitter and FB competitions * Author video to be available on Text's website, YouTube, the author website and on bookseller sites * Teaching Notes available for download at * Promotions through Text's education newsletter

Commended for Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Book of the Year - Young Readers 2015.

'A fun story, easy to read and full of action. The action, by the way, is excellently written...Bonus points for being the first kids' book of its kind I've come across that gives mention to the suffragettes!' Books+Publishing 'Lots of mechanical mayhem and derring-do-breathless stuff.' -- Michael Pryor 'Non-stop action, non-stop adventure, non-stop fun!' -- Richard Harland

Darrell Pitt began his lifelong appreciation of Victorian literature when he read the Sherlock Holmes stories as a child, quickly moving on to H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. This early reading led to a love of comics, science fiction and all things geeky. Darrell is now married with one daughter. He lives in Melbourne.

General Fields

  • : 9781922147752
  • : Text Publishing Co
  • : The Text Publishing Company
  • : December 2013
  • : 198mm X 128mm
  • : Australia
  • : March 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 256
  • : Paperback
  • : Darrell Pitt