FISCHER KJB

The Publishing House and its History

FISCHER KJB is synonymous with modern and sophisticated popular fiction for children and young teenagers. The wide spectrum encompasses series for girls with magical realism, fantasy-adventure series, action-packed stories, as well as extensively illustrated books for beginning readers, and a fine selection of exciting and exceptional novels for readers from age twelve on up.

In addition, successful series make for varied reading fun for both girls and boys. These include: Liliane Susewind, Die Glücksbäckerei (The Bliss Bakery), Der Zaubergarten (The Enchanted Garden), Rick Nautilus, Zimt & weg (Cinnamon & off), Glück & los! (Luck and away), Prinzessin Undercover (Undercover Princess), Survival, and Vortex.

The programme features well-known German authors, such as Dagmar Bach, Tanya Stewner, Anna Benning, Valja Zinck, Nelly Möhle, Stefanie Gerstenberger, Martin Schäuble and Andreas Schlüter, alongside successful international writers like John Boyne, Meg Rosoff, Liz Kessler, Lauren St John, and Connie Glynn.

Famous illustrators - such as Eva Schöffmann-Davidov, Inka Vigh, Mila Marquis, Franziska Harvey, Max Meinzold, and Anton Riedel - lend special visual appeal to the programme.

Current awards

  • Leipziger Jugend-Literatur-Jury - Favoriten des Jahres 2021 – Martin Schäuble: Sein Reich
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2021 – Martin Schäuble: Cleanland
  • Buchsommer-Leserpreis Sachsen 2020 – Anna Benning: Vortex – Der Tag, an dem die Welt zerriss
  • Ulmer Unke 2020 – Anna Benning: Vortex
  • Ulmer Unke 2019 – Ali Sparks: Fox Runner - Die Macht der Verwandlung

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Lucy Longfinger. Risky Birthday Wishes

  • Anja Habschick
  • Spring 2021, 272 pages, 14 x 21,5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 10+
  • All rights available

Lucy Longfinger is the proud daughter of thieves – master thieves in sunny California who make their living by taking from the rich (of course!). Life is quite comfortable but then gangster boss Ratto wants to recruit Lucy into his (not so gallant) service as she is already well known for her talent… and if she does not comply, he will feed her parents to the fishes… Ahh! There must be a way around this, and Lucy is sure to find it (and have some fun on the way!).

Luckily, she finds an accomplice who shares her preferences, and even likes her favourite ice-cream (mango with chili)...

First volume of a new series for strong girls!

Rick Nautilus. SOS from the Deep

  • Ulf Blanck
  • Illustrated by Timo Grubing
  • Spring 2021, 144 pages, 14 x 21,5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available

The three friends Rick, Ava (who turns into a mermaid when in water) and Emilio are headed towards an unexplored island on board of their ship The Nautilus when they find a message in a bottle: someone urgently calls for their help, and they have to dive down into the ocean in order to follow their call...

Start of a new series by bestselling author Ulf Blanck. More titles available!

The Wonder Factory. Nobody Must Know!

  • Stefanie Gerstenberger
  • Spring 2020, 352 pages, 14.0 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 10+
  • All rights available

The three siblings Winnie, Cecilia and Henry have to go and stay with their strange grandparents – only to realise that there is a well guarded family secret involving the production of magical sweets … Start of a new series.

Vortex. The Day the World Was Torn Apart

  • Anna Benning
  • Spring 2020, 496 pages, 14.0 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 12+
  • Rights sold to Poland

It’s the year 2099 and the fabric of the world has been ruptured by vortices – curvatures of space and time. Elaine Collins is one of the very few to start in the annual vortex race, the entrance test for vortex “runners”. Leaping into a vortex is exceedingly dangerous as it transports you from one place to another in a matter of seconds. Only the best will be chosen, and can then embark on a career to protect society. It is something Elaine has long wanted for herself … but as soon as she suceeds, her allegiances are tested … and her heart, too. First volume of a fast-paced and suspense-full trilogy and captivating love story!

Vortex. The Love That Was the Beginning

  • Anna Benning
  • Spring 2021, 480 pages, 14 x 21,5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 12+
  • Rights sold to Poland, Russia

The grand finale of the Vortex trilogy! Elaine seems to have lost everything and her world is falling apart. Peace seems a distant dream. She has not only lost her powers but also her love Bale... but when she stumbles upon him unexpectedly again in São Paulo, she feels a glimmer of hope to save him and the world they might have known. Together, as the only ones who can, they must go back in time to the beginning of the very first vortex...

An amazing epic read which is both a brilliant fantastic journey and a great love story.

His Reich

  • Martin Schäuble
  • Spring 2020, 240 pages, 12.5 x 20.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 12+
  • All rights available

15-year-old Juri stays with his father for the very first time – and gets caught up in the conspiracies of the German Reichsbürger movement…

Jacob and the Hemples Under the Sofa

  • Valija Zinck
  • Illustrated by Stefanie Jeschke
  • Spring 2016, 240 pages, 14.0 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

What are Hempels? Well, Hempels are thumb-sized people dressed in blue who love cucumbers of all kinds. They take the shape of their surroundings when they do not move and only find their way into our world when a sofa is moved onto a very particular spot. As it happens, one of them becomes Jacob’s close friend...

A Hippo on the Zebra Crossing

  • Tanya Stewner
  • Illustrated by Florentine Prechtel
  • Spring 2016, 80 pages, 14.8 x 22.0 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 6+
  • Rights sold to Japan
  • Website

Another lovely story of Liliane Susewind and her friends: Once in his life Elvis the hippo wants to bathe in a proper river. Liliane and Jesahja decide to secretly take him there – but they must not be discovered...!

A story about friendship, courage and mutual support – funnily told.

More titles available in the series.

Liliane Susewind: A Black Cat Has All The Luck

  • Tanya Stewner
  • Illustrated by Florentine Prechtel
  • Spring 2017, 80 pages, 14.8 x 22.0 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 6+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Black cats are supposed to be bearers of bad luck. And this is exactly what black tomcat Mino believes – leaving him feeling miserable, because he wants nothing more than to be gentle and helpful. Only when Liliane makes it clear to him that she would not have been able to help an old lady without him can he finally see it for himself: A black cat can be very lucky!

Further titles available. Bestselling series.

Penelope and the Sparkling Red Magic

  • Valija Zinck
  • Illustrated by Annabelle von Sperber
  • Spring 2017, 256 pages, 14.0 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 10+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Penelope has always been different – there is for instance her grey hair which sets her apart. When she wakes up one morning and her hair has turned red overnight, and she also realises that she can suddenly fly, she understands that there must be a family mystery. And when she finds out that her father, whom she thought died years ago, is in fact still alive, she is determined to find him...
A book with all the ingredients that make children love reading: A lovely heroine and a simply magical story, with a talking street, a cat that can store magical powers... and many
more original ideas.

English sample translation available.

Cinnamon Travels, Volume II

  • Dagmar Bach
  • Spring 2017, 320 pages, 14.0 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 12+
  • All rights available
  • Website

The much awaited second volume of the Cinnamon trilogy! Vicky is so happy because Konstantin is her real boyfriend now and they are very much in love. She is not quite sure what is expected of her, however – which provokes rather awkward situations at times. Her “leaps” into a parallel world and the body of another Vicky still continue – just that it is a different parallel world this time, one in which her other self and Konstantin do not yet know each other. Now Vicky must of course make the first move...

Only towards the end of the book does she realise that it was not only her this time “leaping” into a parallel world – it was her very own Konstantin, too…

Blue as a Berry and Yellow as a Bee: my Bright Book of Colours

  • Nastja Holtfreter
  • Illustrated by Nastja Holtfreter
  • Spring 2018, 16 pages, 23.5 x 31.5 cm
  • Boardbook
  • 2+
  • Rights sold into Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Italian
  • Website

Over 150 funny pictures in assorted colours!

A Fish Walked to the Post Office

  • Johann König
  • Illustrated by Daniel Napp
  • Spring 2018, 48 pages, 22.0 x 17.0 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 4+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Hilarious picture book story about a fish who wants to send a letter.

Fred the Fearless Ghost

  • Anu & Friedbert Stohner
  • Illustrated by Dieter & Ingrid Schubert
  • Spring 2018, 224 pages, 17.0 x 24.0 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 5+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Fred is a rather ordinary ghost. It’s just that he is easily scared: of the clinking sound you hear when you stir a cup of cocoa or the loud “thud” a feather makes when it falls to the ground. The only problem is: when you are a scaredy cat like that, the bigger ghosts will want to test your courage ... will Freddy be up to it? Of course – with the help of his best friend, the little owl. In the end, he turns out to be much braver than he thought!

Max and His Invisible Fiend

  • Fee Krämer
  • Illustrated by Nikolai Renger
  • Spring 2018, 160 pages, 14.0 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Max has always been overly imaginative, his parents think. It is no wonder they don’t believe him when he tells them of his invisible fiend: Holger, the shark! To Max, however, Holger is a very real problem – and one that doesn’t seem to go away! Luckily for Max, know-it-all Frida knows what to do to get rid of invisible fiends ... to fulfill their wishes! And as it turns out, Holger wants to be taken to the sea ... Wonderfully funny!

Survival – Lost at the Amazon Vol. 1

  • Andreas Schlüter
  • Illustrated by Stefani Kampmann
  • Spring 2018, 256 pages, 14.0 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 10+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Mike, his little sister Elly and his friends Matheus and Gabriel have survived a plane crash in the Amazon region. They are the only ones still alive, though, and will now have to find their way back through the jungle ...

Full of suspense and thrilling moments! Further title available.

Julie Jewels – Vol.1

  • Marion Meister
  • Spring 2018, 352 pages, 21.5 x 14.0 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 12+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Julie can do magic with her self-made jewelry: make the boy of her dreams fall in love with her, become the star of her school. But with her successful interventions come first doubts: If you make somebody love you, can it be true love? And does she really deserve all this attention?

The packaging looks like a real jewel case!

Castle in the Clouds

  • Kerstin Gier
  • Autumn 2017, 464 pages, 14.0 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 14+
  • Rights sold into Czech, English, Finnish, French, Italian, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Turkish
  • Website

New detective story by the bestselling author!

Pop! Splash! Bang! 52 Experiments Through the Year

  • Saralisa Volm
  • Illustrated by Gregor Hinz
  • Spring 2018, 144 pages, 21.5 x 28.0 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 6+
  • All rights available
  • Website

52 great experiments to try!

The Magic Garden – Secrets Are Blue

  • Nelly Möhle
  • Illustrated by Eva Schöffmann-Davidov
  • Spring 2019, 224 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

When Tilda and her friend Anni climb the wall into their neighbour’s garden, they do not know yet that they will stumble across a really fantastic secret: the flowers in this garden are magical!
Tilda and Anni are immediately intrigued, but entering the garden is strictly prohibited, and its owner is really scary...

Vol. 1 in a new series: further volumes to be published every 6 months.

Luck & Go! Vol. 1

  • Dagmar Bach
  • Spring 2019, 352 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • 12+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Dagmar Bach’s new trilogy LUCK & GO treats all relevant topics girls aged 12+ are looking for in their favourite book: best friends, first love, and a dash of magic.

Lina is convinced that she used to have a special gift: As a child, she could make her friends’ dreams come true. How unfortunate that she seems to have lost this talent: she could really do with some magical support in finding the one true love... But maybe she did not lose her gift for good – maybe she just needs practicing?

Dragon Awakening

  • Valija Zinck
  • Autumn 2018, 320 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • 10+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Full of sparkling dragon magic and set in the middle of urban Berlin! A dragon hatches from an egg in a suitcase that changed owners by mistake. Mrs. Tossilo, owner of the exchanged suitcase, is mesmerized by the egg, and immediately drawn towards the little dragon hatching from it.
Janka and Johann, the children living next door, do their best to help raise the dragon, and to keep him secret, because quite soon they realize that the exchanged suitcase’s real owner, a large multi-national company, will do just anything to get the dragon Kurmo Silfur back. A breathtaking adventure begins ...

Recommended for translation by New Books in German.

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FISCHER KJB in der S. Fischer Verlag GmbH

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60596 Frankfurt am Main

Germany

Phone +49 (0)69 60 62-0

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Publisher Meike Knops

Program Director Julia Röhling

Public Relations Alexandra Stohmeier

Events Stefanie Kisser

Marketing Director Andrea Fölster

Marketing Viola Diehl

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