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  • Published: 1 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9781760897079
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $16.99

The Fire Star: A Maven & Reeve Mystery

'I was up past midnight finishing this book! The mystery kept me turning the pages, and I felt like I'd known Maven and Reeve forever.' - Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author of Ice Wolves

A maid with a plan.
A squire with a secret.
A missing jewel.
A kingdom in turmoil.

Maven and Reeve have three days to solve the mystery of the Fire Star. If they don’t, they’ll lose everything.

This could be a complete disaster . . . or the beginning of a friendship.

Bestselling author A. L. Tait is back with the intriguing story of two unlikely allies and a mystery to solve that could change their lives.

A Children's Book Council of Australia Notable Book, 2021

  • Published: 1 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9781760897079
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $16.99

About the author

A.L. Tait

Allison Tait (A. L. Tait) is the internationally published bestselling author of middle-grade adventure series The Mapmaker Chronicles and The Ateban Cipher. A multi-genre writer, teacher and speaker with many years’ experience in magazines, newspapers and online publishing, Allison is the co-host of the top-rating So You Want To Be A Writer podcast. The Fire Star: A Maven & Reeve Mystery taps into her passion for historical fiction and adventure. Allison lives on the south coast of New South Wales with her family. Find out more about Allison at allisontait.com

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Praise for The Fire Star: A Maven & Reeve Mystery

[T]his book didn’t leave my hands. I’m looking forward to selling The Fire Star – this middle-grade novel is great for existing fans of A.L. Tait, as well as lovers of historical fiction and adventure aged nine and up.

Dani Solomon, Books+Publishing

This middle grade fiction book is perfect for your younger readers that want a fast-paced adventure that will keep them inspired! . . . I think Maven was my favourite character because of her wit however, I really enjoyed the interaction and friendship of Maven and Reeve together. They were such a good team and the ups and downs of their disastrous predicaments were always a good laugh! . . . I’ll definitely be recommending this book to younger readers and I think it would be a great family read-along.


The developing friendship between the two main characters is a beautiful thing to read. It unfolds with some comforting lessons for young readers . . . Note: this isn’t the book you want them to start reading right before bedtime! It will be torches under the quilt at midnight, I guarantee . . . So, big themes, memorable characters, twisty plot and a vivid sense of place all bring to mind a new kind of Potter . . . Gift a copy of The Fire Star to the young readers in your life (or even the reluctant readers – this is the kind of book that will soon reel them in). Or buy a copy for yourself. Promise that like me, you won’t be able to put it down either. I’m itching for the next book

Bron Maxabella, Mumlyfe

This intriguing mystery draws the reader in and captures their imagination as they explore this wild new world that is both known from other fantasy books, yet a completely new world that works exquisitely well for this series . . . I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am very eager for the next one in the series, which I am sure will deliver with just as much oomph and gusto.

The Book Muse

For those young people who love a good mystery, this one will not disappoint . . . This book doesn’t talk down to the reader, but leads them through a time in history and a language that may not be a familiar, but will nonetheless draw them in. All threads are pulled together at the end to give a satisfying conclusion. A great read.

Sue Mauger, Glam Adelaide

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The Fire Star book club notes

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