• The Last Firefox
  • The Last Firefox
  • The Last Firefox
  • The Last Firefox
  • The Last Firefox
  • The Last Firefox
  • The Last Firefox
  • The Last Firefox

The Last Firefox

Children's, New & Recommended, Age 9-12
Paperback Published on: 03/03/2022
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The Last Firefox
A heartwarming tale of bravery and friendship!
I read this in two days and couldn’t put it down. It is a great story about finding your inner fire, friendship and bravery. I loved that Charlie had two D... READ MORE
The Last Firefox
A heartwarming and adventure filled story!
This book was everything I love about middle grade – a delightful adventure story full of family, friendship, and an animal companion! Charlie is exploring... READ MORE
The Last Firefox
A lovely adventure story about finding out what it is to be ‘brave’.
When Charlie’s fathers inform him that they would like him to have a new baby sibling, he’s not sure that he’s up to it. He feels he might not be brave eno... READ MORE
Sue Chambers
The Last Firefox
An instant favourite!
Ever since Lee kindly sent me a proof for this I have loved reading about Charlie and Cadno and all of the adventures they get up to. This book is wonderfu... READ MORE
Holly at Maidstone
The Last Firefox
Finding One’s Inner Fire
This is the story of Cadmo, the last Firefox in this world, or any other. He is an incredibly sweet little animal – until he is cross, afraid or hungry. At... READ MORE
Jane Mac


Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2023 Younger Readers Shortlist Waterstones Children's Book of the Month for March 2022 A heartwarming story about family, friendship and finding your inner fire. Between bullies at school and changes at home, Charlie Challinor finds life a bit scary. And when he's made guardian of a furry fox cub called Cadno, things get a whole lot scarier. Because Cadno isn't just any fox: he's a firefox - the only one of his kind - and a sinister hunter from another world is on his trail. Swept up into an unexpected adventure to protect his flammable friend, Charlie's going to need to find the bravery he never thought he had, if he's going to save the last firefox...

  • Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK
  • ISBN: 9780241493533
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 247g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 19 mm

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The Last Firefox
The most heart warming inclusive book I’ve read
Where do I start. This book will change the lives of so many children. The representation in this book is beautiful. The storyline is magical with action t... READ MORE
Thomas  Boswell
The Last Firefox
An enchanting middle grade adventure full of heart & magic
I've seen The Last Firefox described as Pokémon meets E.T. - and that's exactly how this enchanting middle grade adventure felt to me! Lee Newbery's tale o... READ MORE
Aislinn O'Loughlin
The Last Firefox
Magical, action packed emotional tale…
I have to do my best not to just gush for the whole review of The Last Firefox by debut author Lee Newbery. You see it’s all about layers. Ostensib... READ MORE
The Last Firefox
A childrens book for many ages and adults about friendship and courage
I didn’t expect a children's book to impact me in the same way an adult book does, but here we are. The Last Firefox is a heartwarming tale about finding y... READ MORE
The Last Firefox
A brilliant and inclusive story
I’m sure that for many parents of primary school-aged children, their views of the last few weeks of the autumn term are skewed by their memories of their ... READ MORE
Jacqui  Sydney
The Last Firefox
Really good!
From my son aged 9 ‘I loved this book. It was mysterious and I think everyone should read it’
Kate Martin
The Last Firefox
A great adventure
This is such a fantastic read. Felt fully immersed in the adventure of someone finding their inner fire. I couldn't put this down I had to keep reading! It... READ MORE
The Last Firefox
page-turning read with heartwarming characters and conclusion
Read it in 2 sittings and really enjoyed. Some details I enjoyed: I thought it was nice how the relationship between Charlie and Dad develops over the book... READ MORE
Rowan Luckman
The Last Firefox
Inclusive, Adventurous and Excellent
What a debut novel this was!! Fun, inclusive and generally wonderful!! This is a perfect family book to read all year around about “finding your fire” and ... READ MORE
Stuart Cloke
The Last Firefox
This book meant a lot to my child
Adoptive parent here. Reading this book had a monumental effect on my child… his face lit up when he realised Charlie is adopted and has two dads, just lik... READ MORE
Kieran Evans
The Last Firefox
A truly magical and inclusive read
My adoptive son was absolutely landed when he realised that Charlie came from a family that looks like his! Can't stress how important this sort of represe... READ MORE
KL Boswell
The Last Firefox
First self-read book
I cannot describe the difference this book has made to my son's reading. Up until this book he was still only wanting me to read to him at night (he is 10... READ MORE
Michelle Marklew
The Last Firefox
Love it
This is a must read, such a beautiful and empowering story. Can't wait for Firefox 2 to come out next year!
Christopher Grove
The Last Firefox
A wonderful heart warming tale
What a wonderful gem this is, read it with my niece who found the characters charming and very beautifully written. I have friends who are adoptive parents... READ MORE
Andrea Rees
The Last Firefox
Heartwarming and Fun
Thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end. My grandchildren couldn't put it down, they loved the characters especially Cadno. It has also shown th... READ MORE
Donna Davies
The Last Firefox
A heartwarming tale
I'm a grown-up and I loved this book. The characters were so funny and lovable, and the fact that Charlie has two dads and is adopted was just so lovely to... READ MORE
Sam Jacobs
The Last Firefox
The most inspiring book of 2022
Where can i start??? It's about time a book like this has been written. This had been a very long time coming. A huge well done to the author. The fact tha... READ MORE
Nicola Davies
The Last Firefox
A beautiful inclusive adventure !
Although I’m not the target audience, this was an absolute delight to read. Such a beautiful well written fantasy adventure. This charming book is idea... READ MORE
Christopher Williams
The Last Firefox
A great book
I found it very hard to put down, This was a great book, it got a little scary in the middle and at the end, but I was cool with it. I have now read it a c... READ MORE
Kiri-Lee Hallett
The Last Firefox
Loved This
Charlie Challinor finds his school life a bit of a struggle. At home, he's happy, and when he's with best friends, Lippy and Roo, things are great, althoug... READ MORE
The Last Firefox
Good Children's Read
Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy, this is a good children's read that I am very happy to recommend on to others. It is inclusive, war... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
The Last Firefox
A heartwarming and engaging read
A wonderful story which we devoured at home. The last Firefox is an original story which has become an instant favourite.
Shane Broderick
The Last Firefox
Heartwarming, magical, inspirational
This book is one of those books that, once started, you can't put down. It is a truly heartwarming story and I can't wait to read the sequel!
Daniel Grimshaw
The Last Firefox
This book was a great read. It had fun characters & a good premise. Charlie is accidentally given posession of the last firefox, a magic creature from ano... READ MORE
erica cochrane