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.

For more about this title, check out my essay “International Women’s Day and the Russian Revolution” on the Books from Scotland website.

Published in August 2018 by Barrington Stoke. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 13+, Firebird is a companion to White Eagles and The Last Hawk.


  • Historical Association’s Young Quills Award 2019
  • Nominated for the 2019 CILIP Carnegie Award