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Thank you to everyone that entered!  We had amazing titles to choose from. These are the top 12 diverse UK books in Children's, YA and Adult fiction. The shortlist will be announced September 20th 2022. Please do support all of these amazing books. Don't forget to use the hashtag #TheDBAwards


Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths by Maisie Chan, illustrated by Anh Cao (Piccadilly Press)


Hey You! by Dapo Adeola, Diane Ewan, Onyinye Iwu, Jade Orlando, Bec Glendining, Derick Brooks, Joelle Avelino, Dunni Mustapha, Kingsley Nebechi, Chanté Timothy, Nicole Miles, Camilla Sucre, Jobe Anderson, Alyissa Johnson, Chatlot Kristensen, Sharee Miller, Reggie Brown, Selom Sunu, Gladys Jose (Penguin Random House Children’s)


How I Saved the World In A Week by Polly Ho-Yen, illustrated by George Ermos (Simon & Schuster Children’s UK)


Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom by Sangu Mandanna (Hodder Children's Group)


Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow by Benjamin Dean, illustrated by Sandhya Prabhat (Simon & Schuster Children’s UK)


Rumaysa: A Fairytale by Radiya Hafiza, illustrated by Rhaida El Touny (Macmillan Children’s Books)


The Best Diwali Ever by Sonali Shah, illustrator Chaaya Prabhat (Scholastic)


The Lightning Catcher by Claire Weze (Bloomsbury Children's Books)


The Rapping Princess by Hannah Lee, illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan (Faber)


The Shark Caller by Zillah Bethell (Usborne)


The Very Merry Murder Club by Abiola Bello, Annabelle Sami, Benjamin Dean, Dominique Valente, Elle McNicoll, E.L. Norry, Maisie Chan, Roopa Farooki, Nizrana Farook, Patrice Lawrence, Joanna Williams, Serena Patel, Sharna Jackson, illustrated by Harry Woodgate. Edited by Robin Stevens and Serena Patel (Farshore)


Vi Spy: Licence to Chill by Maz Evans (Chicken House)

Young Adult

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé (Usborne)


Being Amani by Annabelle Steele (Hashtag BLAK)


Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar (Hodder Children's Books)


I am Winter by Denise Brown (Hashtag Press)


Skin of The Sea by Natasha Bowen (Penguin Random House Children's)


Splinters of Sunshine by Patrice Lawrence (Hodder Children's Books)


Stay Another Day by Juno Dawson (Quercus Children's Group)


The Crossing by Manjeet Mann (Penguin Random House Children's)


The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar (Hodder Children's Books)


This Is My Truth by Yasmin Rahman (Hot Key Books)


What We're Scared Of by Keren David (Scholastic)


You're The One That I Want by Simon James Green (Scholastic)


Black Water Sister by Zen Cho (Pan Macmillan)


His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie (Oneworld)


Next of Kin by Kia Abdullah (HQ)


Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson (Viking Books)


Ten Days by Austin Duffy (Granta)


The Bread The Devil Knead by Lisa Allen-Agostini (Myriad Editions)


The Day I Fell Off My Island by Yvonne Bailey-Smith (Myriad Editions)


The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak (Viking Books)


The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson (HQ)


The Khan by Saima Mir (Point Blank)


This One Sky Day by Leone Ross (Faber)


The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams (HarperCollins)

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