Indian-born author Manjeet Mann has been shortlisted for her children’s book ‘The Crossing’, the story of a little girl’s friendship with an Eritrean refugee, for the prestigious British Yoto Carnegie Medal.
Mann, a UK-based author, actress, playwright and screenwriter, has already been shortlisted for the award for her debut children’s novel ‘Run, Rebel’. “The Crossing” is her second novel and recently won the 2022 Costa Children’s Book Prize.
“Absolutely thrilled to have ‘The Crossing’ shortlisted for the Yoto Carnegie Medal,” Mann said.
“A privilege to see this book among such brilliant titles, what an amazing company to be in. Congratulations to everyone on the shortlist,” she said.
The judges described Mann’s novel as a “poignant tale of shared humanity, with the stories of two teenagers – one a refugee and the other grieving – deftly intertwined”.
The other seven books on the 2022 shortlist include: “October, October” by Katya Balen; “Keep Your Heart” by Sue Divin; “When the Sky Falls” by Phil Earle; Everybody Dies Famous in a Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock; ‘Tsunami Girl’ by Julian Sedgwick; ‘Cane Warriors’ by Alex Wheatle; and “Punching the Air” by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam.
“On a personal level, having a research interest in the connection between children’s literature and empathy, I am delighted that our Yoto Carnegie shortlist shows how friendship can help young people find the strength to navigate a way through difficult times,” said Jennifer Horan. , president of the jury of the Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards 2022.
There are eight other books shortlisted for the Yoto Kate Greenaway Medal, a twin award celebrating illustration in children’s books.
“We are also thrilled to celebrate the power of images, not only on the Yoto Kate Greenaway list, but also in a few Carnegie titles. Many of our shortlisted books remind us that art can help us communicate and connect with young people when words sometimes fail us,” added Horan.
The Yoto Kate Greenaway Medal Sister Award Shortlist consists of: “Drawn Across Borders” illustrated and written by George Butler; ‘The Midnight Fair’ illustrated by Mariachiara Di Giorgio, written by Gideon Sterer; ‘Too Much Stuff’ illustrated and written by Emily Gravett; ‘Long Way Down’ illustrated by Danica Novgorodoff; ‘Milo imagines the world’ illustrated by Christian Robinson; ‘Shu Lin’s Grandfather’ illustrated by Yu Rong; “I Speak Like a River” illustrated by Sydney Smith; and ‘The Wanderer’ illustrated and written by Peter Van den Ende.
The winners of both prizes will be announced on June 16 at a ceremony at the British Library and the winners will each receive £500 worth of books to donate to their local library, a specially commissioned gold medal and a Colin Mears cash prize from £5,000. .
Now in its fourth year, the Shadowers’ Choice Award – voted on and awarded by the children and young people who follow the medals – will also be announced at the ceremony.
The awards, the UK’s longest running children’s book awards, are sponsored by Yoto, a screenless audio platform for children.
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