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Firebird flies into Barrington Stoke

What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than to celebrate amazing women – fictional and otherwise! We’re delighted to announce FirebirdElizabeth Wein’s ace Barrington Stoke debut.

The New York Times bestselling author of Code Name Verity and The Pearl Thief  joins the Barrington Stoke list with a brilliant YA novella about the Soviet fighter pilots of World War II.

Read all about Firebird below!


© David Ho

Soviet women pilots of the Second World War take flight in Elizabeth Wein novella

A daring tale of war, revolution and intrigue, YA novella Firebird by Elizabeth Wein was acquired by Barrington Stoke from Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown Ltd.

This International Women’s Day, Barrington Stoke are delighted to announce the acquisition of a tale about fierce and bold women of history.

Nastia is no traitor. She is a fearless pilot, the daughter of revolutionaries, and now, as the Second World War descends on Russia, she must fight to defend the glorious Motherland. But all is not as it seems and when the battles begin, secrets are revealed and everything that Nastia once knew is challenged.

A thrilling adventure brimming with historical detail and powerful female characters, Firebird will publish on the 15th August 2018 and soar into the hearts and minds of Elizabeth’s many fans.

Elizabeth Wein says of the acquisition:

“For about three years, I’ve been working on a non-fiction project about the incredible women who flew as combat pilots for the Soviet Union in World War II. The more I learned, the more I longed to write fiction about them. When Barrington Stoke approached me I was delighted to have a good excuse! And as the mother of a keen but dyslexic reader, I’m also thrilled to be able to contribute to Barrington Stoke’s growing line of accessible literature.”

Barrington Stoke Editorial Director Ailsa Bathgate adds:

“Brave, loyal and tenacious, Nastia Nabokova is an inspiring heroine who plots her own course and refuses to be overshadowed by the men around her. When Russia enters the Second World War, Nastia has to overcome prejudice and her own fears in order to take to the skies to fight. Elizabeth Wein’s moving and action-packed story gives a fascinating insight into the important but largely overlooked role played by female Soviet pilots in the conflict, and we are delighted to welcome her to the Barrington Stoke list for the first time.”



Before becoming a writer, Elizabeth Wein studied at Yale University and completed a PhD in Folklore at the University of Philadelphia. Her first book was published in 1993 and she has since written several novels for young adults including the award-winning and bestselling Code Name Verity. The much-anticipated prequel The Pearl Thief was published in 2017. Much of Elizabeth’s writing is inspired by her love of flying and she is a member of the International Organisation of Women Pilots. She lives in Perth, Scotland. Twitter: @EWein2412 (Photo © David Ho)

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