Hornby has struck up an official partnership with Macmillan Children’s Books to celebrate the publication of Kidnap on the California Comet, the second title in the book publisher’s Adventures on Trains series. To celebrate, Hornby is hosting a dedicated page on its website where visitors can meet the authors, read about Adventures on Trains, listen to extracts from the series, download activity sheets and take part in a competition to win the books.
Hornby has also confirmed that there will be a special event with the book series two authors – M.G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman – taking place this autumn.
Both Hornby and Macmillan Children’s Books are also working with ten UK independent book stores who are stocking the books, but will also have a special Hornby window display in place, featuring Hornby’s Industrial Freight Train Set to celebrate the partnership.
The bookshops involved in the launch are Snug Bookshop in Bridgwater, Dartmouth Bookseller in Devon, Griffin Books in Penarth, Max Minerva’s Marvellous Books in Bristol, Crediton Community Bookshop in Devon, One Tree Bookshop in Petersfield, Chicken and Frog in Brentwood, Sevenoaks Bookshop in Sevenoaks, The Mainsteeet Trading Company in St Boswells and Margate Bookshop in Kent.
The partnership will continue in the lead up to Christmas and into 2021 to celebrate the launch of Murder on the Safari Star, the third book in the adventure series.
“Hornby is the perfect partner for Adventures on Trains, it connects generations, inspires creativity and brings great joy.” said Leonard.
“Hornby has been a part of my life since I was nine, and is still now, every time my sons, husband, and I get out our sets to build during the holidays. It’s a dream come true to be working with Hornby. I couldn’t be more excited for the adventures with trains we’re going to have together.”
Sedgman added: “I’m over the moon to be partnering with Hornby, who have filled my heart with joy ever since I was old enough to play with my dad’s train set. We wrote Adventures on Trains to share the fun and excitement of trains with young readers everywhere – and nobody understands that feeling better than Hornby.”