Firebird is a science fiction and fantasy imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. specifically designed to appeal to both teenagers and adults. Launched in January 2002, it resulted directly from editorial director Sharyn November’s ongoing work with teenagers in libraries, schools, and online; she soon discovered that her some of her most avid readers were devoted to speculative fiction, and spent equal amounts of time in the teen fiction and adult genre sections.

Firebird anticipated the huge influx of genre titles into the mainstream. It’s considered the premier crossover genre imprint, and November has been named a two-time World Fantasy Award Finalist in the Professional category.

Firebird titles are both paperback reprints and original hardcovers. Reprints are drawn from Penguin’s children’s and adult imprints; outside hardcover houses; and the backlists of the Firebird authors themselves. All have covers by adult genre artists, and feature short essays by their authors. Firebird’s hardcover titles are especially unique to the imprint—short novels by some of the biggest names in the field, such as Diana Wynne Jones and Charles de Lint; and the award-winning original short story anthologies Firebirds , Firebirds Rising (a 2007 World Fantasy Award Finalist), and Firebirds Soaring. Overall, Firebird publishes between nine and twelve books each year. Firebird titles have won the World Fantasy Award, the Newbery Honor Medal, the National Book Award, the Locus Award, the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Philip K. Dick Award, and have been New York Times best sellers.



  • A New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Book
  • A New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Book of the Year
  • A Kirkus Reviews’ Best Book of 2012
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2012
  • A 2012 Blue Ribbon by the BCCB
  • A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best
  • On the 2013 Rainbow List
  • One of YALSA’s 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults
  • A Capitol Choices noteworthy title for teens
  • A nominee for YALSA’s 2013 Teens’ Top Ten
  • One of the CCBC’s Choices 2013
  • A Boston Authors Club Highly Recommended Book
  • A New York Times and a Publishers Weekly best seller

Enchantress from the Stars: A Newbery Honor Book


  • Winner of the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award
  • Winner of the Cybil in the category of YA Fantasy and Science Fiction
  • A Junior Library Guild Selection
  • An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • A Kirkus Best YA Book of 2009
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of 2009.
  • A School Library Journal Best Book of 2009
  • One of Amazon.com’s Best Books of 2009
  • A 2009 Booklist Editors’ Choice
  • One of Booklist’s “Top 10 SF/Fantasy Titles for Youth
  • A YALSA 2010 Teens’ Top Ten Nomination
  • A Washington Post Best Kid’s Book of the Year
  • A Seattle Times Best YA Book of 2009
  • On the Winter 2010 Indie Next Kid’s List
  • On the 2010 CCBC Choices list
  • A New York Times and a Publishers Weekly best seller

Fire Bringer: A Book Sense 76 Selection

Firebirds: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction: Top Twenty Fantasy Book of the Year-The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror

Firebirds Rising: An Anthology of Original Science Fiction and Fantasy:

  • A World Fantasy Award Finalist
  • ALocus Recommended Reading Selection
  • An ALA Best Book for Young Adults


  • A New York Times best-seller
  • A London Times Book of the Year

The Kestrel: A National Book Award Finalist

The Redwall Books: All New York Times Best Sellers

Sapphique: A New York Times Best-seller

The Tough Guide to Fantasyland:

  • A World Fantasy Award Finalist (Nonfiction)
  • A Hugo Award Finalist (Best Related Book)

Waifs and Strays: A World Fantasy Award Finalist (Collection)

Westmark: Winner of the American Book Award

World Fantasy Life Achievement Award winners:

Meet Firebird

Sharyn November

Editorial Director

Sharyn November, a senior editor for Viking Children’s Books as well as Firebird’s editorial director, has been at Penguin since 1990. The many genre authors she has worked with include Lloyd Alexander, Charles de Lint, Carol Emshwiller, Elizabeth Hand, Diana Wynne Jones, Ellen Klages, Tanith Lee, Kelly Link, Nnedi Okorafor, Sherwood Smith, and Elizabeth Wein.