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Children's Book of the Month

A reason to read...

Kai's story is a must read for teens to explore how easily things can fall apart but also how we can heal.

When Shadows Fall - Sita Brahmachari

Kai, Orla and Zak grew up together, their days spent on the patch of wilderness in between their homes, a small green space in a sprawling grey city.

Music, laughter and friendship bind them together and they have big plans for their future - until Kai's family suffers a huge loss. Trying to cope with his own grief, as well as watching it tear his family apart, Kai is drawn into a new and more dangerous crowd, until his dreams for the future are a distant memory.

Excluded from school and retreating from his loved ones, it seems as though his path is set, his story foretold. Orla, Zak and new classmate Om are determined to help him find his way back.

But are they too late?A heart-breaking and poignant novel from award-winning author Sita Brahmachari.

£12.99

£10.25

Meet the Author

Sita Brahmachari

Brahmachari is a writer of critically acclaimed, widely read novels, novellas, short stories and plays. She has a background in working in youth and community theatre and has an MA in Arts Education. She won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize with her debut novel?Artichoke Hearts and her writing of Tender Earth was honoured by the International Board of Books for Young People.

Her many novels have been shortlisted for the UKLA Book Award, The Little Rebel Award, nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, and have been translated into many languages around the world. She was The Booktrust Writer in Residence and is the Writer in Residence at Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants.

Sita is an Amnesty International ambassador and a Royal Literary Fellow. She lives in London with her family.

Meet the Illustrator

Natalie Sirett

Natalie Sirett is an internationally exhibited, multimedia artist, interested in us, our icons, our stories.

Her work has often explored issues of body image culture and the growing pains of adolescence.

When Shadows Fall is a project shared with Sita Brahmachari over many years and she is delighted that it has come to fruition. Natalie lives and works in London.

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