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The Space We're In

Katya Balen Laura Carlin

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Bloomsbury
01 November 2019
Children's & Educational; General fiction (Children's&YA); Family & home stories (Children's&YA)
We are her world and her universe and her space and her stars and her sky and her galaxy and her cosmos too Frank is ten. He likes cottage pie and football and cracking codes. Max is five. He eats only Quavers and some colours are too bright for him and if he has to wear a new T-shirt he melts down down down. Sometimes Frank wishes Mum could still do huge paintings of stars and asteroids like she used to, but since Max was born she just doesn't have time. When tragedy hits Frank and Max's lives like a comet, can Frank piece together a universe in which he and Max aren't light years apart?

This jaw-dropping, heartbreaking and hopeful novel from debut author Katya Balen will remind you we are all made of stardust. For fans of thought-provoking, moving middle grade from Wonder to Skellig
By:   Katya Balen
Illustrated by:   Laura Carlin
Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
Weight:   290g
ISBN:   9781526610942
ISBN 10:   1526610949
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   01 November 2019
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Katya Balen read English at university and then completed an MPhil researching the impact of stories on autistic children's behaviour. She has worked in a variety of special-needs schools and is the co-founder of Mainspring Arts - a not-for-profit organisation that provides creative opportunities for neurodivergent adults. Laura Carlin is an illustrator and ceramicist based in London. She has won numerous awards for her children's books, including a BolognaRagazzi Award and a V&A Book Illustration Award. Her favourite things to draw are dogs and sad people.

Reviews for The Space We're In

The struggles of those with autism and those who love them in a book with an achingly huggable main character * Kirkus Reviews *


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