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A. M. Dassu is an award winning writer of both non-fiction and fiction and is based in the heart of England. She is the author of the internationally critically acclaimed novel Boy, Everywhere which is one of The Guardian’s, Bookriot’s, BookTrust’s and CLPE’s Best Children’s Books of 2020 and has been given a much coveted star from Kirkus, Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly in America. It also featured as one of The Guardian’s Children’s Best New Novels on publication in October, is on Amnesty’s Books That Inspire Activism list and has been listed for 12 awards including the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the “most prestigious accolade for children’s books in the UK” and is the 2021 winner of The Little Rebels Award for Radical Fiction. 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 patron of The Other Side of Hope, a new print and online literary magazine, edited by immigrants and refugees which serves to celebrate the refugee and immigrant communities worldwide and one of The National 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, DK Books and Harper Collins. When she isn’t battling emails or writing, she mentors aspiring authors and loves to shout about other people’s books.
As seen in…
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.”
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WATERSTONES CHILDREN’S BOOK PRIZE 2021
THE BOOKSELLER – The UK’s definitive book industry magazine and website
ONE TO WATCH:
‘poignant and powerful… An impressive, thoughtful debut…’
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.”