Win a signed copy of Flyntlock Bones: The Sceptre of the Pharaohs
Best-selling Belfast children’s author Derek Keilty is back with a brand-new swashbuckling trilogy and we have five copies of the first in the series of super stories to give away to young pirates – signed by the author himself!

Derek has previously published over ten books for children. Will Gallows and the Snake Bellied Troll (Andersen Press) was selected for the Richard & Judy Book club and shortlisted for the Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year 2012. Film rights for Will Gallows were also optioned by Elton John’s Rocket Pictures. We asked Derek what’s in store for young readers with his next big adventure?

I get inspiration from all sorts of places, in the case of my new book Flyntlock Bones, it was definitely a doodle. I noticed the doodle in the margin of a different story I was writing: a skull and crossbones only with a magnifying glass over one of the skull eye sockets, and underneath I had written Pirate Investigators. It was a play on words – changing Private Investigators to Pirate Investigators which sounded quite cool. The story idea I was working on wasn’t really going anywhere so I decided to write my pirate story instead.

“It’s about a young orphan who applies for the job of cabin boy on the Black Hound, not knowing he has boarded a pirate ship. But he quickly discovers that these pirates are different than your normal rum-swilling, treasure-looting, scourge o’ the seas pirates. They are ex-pirates turned detectives. ‘It’s clues we’re after, NOT treasure!’ the captain explains. Soon Flynn is setting sail for the Seven Seas, on a perilous quest to recover ancient treasure bound by a magical curse.”

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T&Cs: The closing date for this competition is 5pm Friday 24 July 2020. Usual Ni4kids T&Cs apply. Editor’s decision is final. No cash alternative. Visit for full T&Cs.

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