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Sita Brahmachari: When Shadows Fall

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Endorsed by Amnesty International and Shortlisted for The Carnegie Medal for Writing 2023.

Published in Hardback by Stripes at Little Tiger November 2021. Paperback May 2022. Ilustrated by Natalie Sirett. Edited by Mattie Whitehead.

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.

The story is already beginning its journey as a creative catalyst for young people to express themselves through the arts as they navigate growing up through this time, seeking common ground.

Charcoal drawings inspired by the character of Omid, a refugee survior from Syria.


Michael Rosen
BBC Front Row (November 2021)
“When Shadows Fall is an invitation to join a community at the heart of which is the tale of a young man gripped by tragedy and trauma. The book offers hope though mutual support and a focus in figuring out what really matters… I was moved and uplifted.” 

The Times’ Best Books List 2021
“How quickly teenagers fall apart – and how fast they can heal. This is the hopeful message from Sita Brahmachari, a writer who mixes verse and prose to tell stories that stick.” 

The Guardian's The best YA books of 2021
"A moving, hard-hitting journey for teens through grief and acceptance, interwoven with powerful illustration and viscerally vivid verse." 

The Scotsman's The Best Books for Teens 
"Sita Brahmachari tells the heart-breaking story of Kai. Following him from childhood through his teenage years, we see someone who is loved by family, friends, and wild ravens, yet is unable to respond to offers of help as he plummets into a severe and lasting depression. Kai’s voice and the voices of his friends are all represented in the story, which is even more powerful for showing his struggle from different perspectives. With verse and prose and powerful illustrations from Natalie Sirett, this is a completely absorbing book.

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