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

  • Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2023 – Gewinnertitel Jugendbuchjury – Liz Kessler: Als die Welt uns gehörte
  • Bookstar 2022 – Kerstin Gier: Vergissmeinnicht
  • Deutscher Buchtrailer Award 2022 – Mara Andeck: Tschakka!
  • Der goldene Bücherpirat 2021 – Anja Habschick:
    Lucy Longfinger - Explosive Entdeckung
  • Leipziger Jugend-Literatur-Jury - Favoriten des Jahres 2021 – Martin Schäuble: Sein Reich
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2021 – Martin Schäuble: Cleanland
  • LovelyBooks Community Award 2021 – Kerstin Gier: Vergissmeinnicht - Was man bei Licht nicht sehen kann
  • Buchsommer-Leserpreis Sachsen 2020 – Anna Benning: Vortex – Der Tag, an dem die Welt zerriss
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2020 – Martin Schäuble: Sein Reich
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2020 – John Boyne: Mein Bruder heißt Jessica
  • Ulmer Unke 2020 – Anna Benning: Vortex

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Dinosaurs, Fairies and Space Heroes

  • Nastja Holtfreter
  • Illustrated by Nastja Holtfreter
  • Autumn 2024, 16 pages, 23.5 x 31.5 cm
  • Boardbook
  • Ages 2+
  • All rights available
  • Website

A colourful board book journey through the most popular children's worlds.

Animal Detectives Hippo & Ka – Who’s Pinched the Pug?

  • THiLO
  • Illustrated by Caroline Opheys
  • Spring 2024, 48 pages, 14.8 x 22 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 6+
  • All rights available
  • Website

An interactive series for all First Readers who love animals.

Cookie Crumbs in Space. How Big is Infinity?

  • Heino Falcke & Dagmar Falcke
  • Illustrated by Gareth Ryans
  • Spring 2024, 112 pages, 17.0 x 24.0 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 6+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Every night of the week Jana has another big question for her astrophysicist dad. Together they journey through space, contemplate how stars are born, the nature of black holes, and that lies beyond the Milky Way … They even send messages to the moon with a flashlight. Jana wonders if these can be seen from heaven. Acknowledging limits, Jana’s dad admits, “We don’t know everything.” Co-written by an astrophysicist.

Barnaby – The Devil from the Bin

  • Sabine Ludwig
  • Illustrated by Lena Winkel
  • Spring 2024, 144 pages, 14 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Jan-Ole normally gets what he wants. Yet his tantrums didn’t convince his parents to get him Rolf, the cute shelter dog. Instead, Barnaby, the Tasmanian Devil, turns up – and Barnaby is no cute pet; he’s a constant challenge for Jan-Ole. Always craving meat and prone to mouthing off, Barnaby keeps landing Jan-Ole in trouble (who is usually the trouble-maker himself …).

Journey to the Centre of the Magic

  • Kathrin Tordasi
  • Autumn 2023, 320 pages, 14.0 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 10+
  • Rights sold to The Netherlands
  • Website

When enthusiastic Flo stumbles upon a cryptic map called “Walter Wonderly’s Wondrous Guide to the Source of Magic”, she soon persuades her new neighbour Malú to embark on a magical journey with her. Shortly after they are joined by the chaotic George who knows more about magic than he first lets on. Along the way, they meet creatures such as fairies, sea monsters and goblin cats and are threatened by a Society trying to control these beings. Facing grave dangers, the trio learn that only the most potent magic can guide them through safely: True friendship.

My Fairly Odd Friend Walter

  • Sibylle Berg
  • Illustrated by Julius Thesing
  • Spring 2024, 144 pages, 14.8 x 22.0 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 10+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Lisa spends her evenings scouring the cosmos for extraterrestrial life; and for good reason. Her days are far from enjoyable: Her parents don’t take care of her at all and she gets bullied at school. One night a spaceship lands in her backyard. The alien visitors cast a fleeting look round and quickly zoom off. Except for one whom Lisa quickly dubs Walter. Walter finds everything on Earth exceedingly odd. Without wasting any time, he starts to tidy up Lisa’s life – until she can get by on our very strange planet Earth, even without extraterrestrial powers. A Graphic Novel by a remarkable author addressing important issues.

Towards a Brighter Sky

  • Sarah Jäger
  • Illustrated by Sarah Maus
  • Spring 2024, 272 pages, 14 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 12+
  • All rights available
  • Website

With only 12 days of summer vacation left, Juri is dreading leaving the safety of his own room, and having to have contact with people again. Then a message arrives from Ada, an exuberant girl he went to primary school with. She is staying at home as well -- grounded because of "something". They start communicating regularly via WhatsApp, apart from each other but getting closer to each others' secrets at the same time...
A unique story in written dialogue by award-winning author Sarah Jäger, with many illustrations by Sarah Maus. Treats serious topics in an uplifting manner.

Dragon Detective Scaly - Chaos in the Magic Forest

  • Katja Brandis
  • Illustrated by Fréderic Bertrand
  • Spring 2022, 176 pages, 14,0 x 21,5
  • Hardcover
  • 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Scaly loves bubble baths, lava lemonade – and criminal cases. He is a dragon detective and always on the scene when something strange happens in his hometown Wormstead. When a crying unicorn appears in his headquartes and tells him a story about a dangerous magical rubbish heap, Scaly does not have to be asked twice: Together with his friends, the cool cat Greywacke and the feisty elf Jessamy, he eagerly starts investigating the case. In the depths of the magic forest, an unbelievable adventure awaits them…
The start of a new children’s books series!

My Small-Town Life - Everything Stinks Without You

  • Silke Antelmann
  • Spring 2022, 240 pages, 14,0 x 21,5
  • Hardcover
  • 10+
  • All rights available
  • Website

13-year-old Fiona has to move to a small town in the middle of nowhere -- just because of her mother’s new boyfriend, “ecohipster” Phil. They want to “wind down” in the vegetable patch together. For Fiona, this means: No more rallies with her best friend Charly! On Instagram, both of them start posting selfies of Fiona in front of deserted
village roads and dunghills. But while Charly is organising a campaign to “Free Fiona!”, Fiona finds new friends in the village and starts enjoying the summer days... when Charly’s rally arrives in the countryside, the moment of truth has come. A choice has to be made – how will Fiona decide?
An original book, super funny, heartfelt, and with a fresh narrative voice

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!

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