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Thank you to everyone that entered!  We were overwhelmed with the response. Here are the top 8 diverse UK books in Children's, YA and Adult fiction. The shortlist will be announced September 30th 2020. Please do support all of these amazing books. Don't forget to use the hashtag #TheDBAwards


Children’ s 


Son of the Circus by E. L. Norry (Scholastic) 


My Hair by Hannah Lee, illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan

(Faber & Faber) 


Planet Omar Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian, illustrated by Nasaya Mafaridik (Hodder) 


The Mysterious Melody by SP K-Mushambi, illustrated by Kudzai Gumbo (Naniso Media Ltd & Conscious Dreams Publishing) 


The Star Outside My Window by Onjali Q. Rauf

(Orion Children’s Books) 


Tin Boy by Steve Cole, illustrated by Oriol Vidal (Barrington Stoke) 


Toad Attack by Patrice Lawrence, illustrated by Becka Moor (Barrington Stoke) 



Young Adult 


All The Things We Never Said by Yasmin Rahman (Hot Key Books) 


Becoming Dinah by Kit De Waal (Orion Children’s Books) 


Chinglish: An Almost Entirely True Story by Sue Cheung

(Andersen Press) 


Oh My Gods by Alexandra Sheppard (Scholastic) 


The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta (Hodder) 


The Boxer by Nikesh Shukla (Hodder) 


The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Hachette) 


The Tunnels Below by Nadine Wild-Palmer (Pushkin Children's) 






A Book of Secrets by Kate Morrison (Jacaranda) 


Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh (Simon & Schuster) 


Everything You Ever Wanted by Luiza Sauma (Penguin/Viking) 


Golden Child by Claire Adam (Faber & Faber) 


Living The Dream by Isabelle Dupuy (Jacaranda) 


Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams (Trapeze) 


The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins (Penguin/Viking) 


This Green and Pleasant Land by Ayisha Malik (Zaffre/Bonnier) 

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