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THE GUARDIAN’S BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK OF 2020!
Also featured in Books of the Month, Children’s Best New Novels on publication:

“Carefully researched, wholly convincing, it’s a gripping, uncompromising debut, super-charged with the power of empathy.”

THE BOOKSELLER – The UK’s definitive book industry magazine and website
ONE TO WATCH:

‘poignant and powerful… An impressive, thoughtful debut…’

Boy, Everywhere in the Bookseller One to Watch
Selected out of over 180 titles in a pre Christmas period in October 2020

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

Featured in Amnesty’s books that inspire activism list:

“A fantastically well-researched and empathetic story that gives humanity and respect to those seeking sanctuary, busting a number of stereotypes about refugees along the way.”

BOOKRIOT’S BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK OF 2020!

“Essential reading for middle grade students and anyone hoping to gain insight into the plight of refugees.”

BOOKTRUST’S BEST KID’S BOOK OF 2020 LIST!

“I spend a lot of time talking to teachers and they are in awe of this book.”

CLPE’S BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK OF 2020 LIST!

“…powerfully strikes the balance between heartbreak and hope, staying with you well after you’ve finished reading.”

A. M. Dassu is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction and is based in the heart of England. She is the author of widely acclaimed novel Boy, Everywhere which is one of The Guardian’s Best Children’s Book of 2020 and also featured as one of The Guardian’s Books of the Month, Children’s Best New Novels on publication in October, is on Amnesty’s Books That Inspire Activism list, and has just been announced as one of Bookriot’s Best Children’s Book of 2020 and also BookTrust’s and CLPE’s. She is Deputy Editor of SCBWI-BI’s magazine, Words & Pictures, and a Director of Inclusive Minds, a unique organisation for people who are passionate about inclusion, diversity, equality, and accessibility in children’s literature. She is also one The Literacy_Trust ‘s Connecting Stories campaign authors which aims to help inspire a love of reading and writing in children and young people. Previously, she has worked in project management, marketing, and editorial. Her work has been published by The Huffington Post, Times Educational Supplement, SCOOP Magazine, Lee and Low Books, and DK Books. She won the international We Need Diverse Books mentorship award in 2017. When she isn’t battling emails or writing, she mentors aspiring authors and loves to shout about other people’s books.

You can also find her on Twitter @a_reflective or Instagram @a.m.dassu