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BookTrust Represents: Middle Grade

Dara Palmer's Major Drama

BookTrust Represents is a three-year project created to promote children’s authors and illustrators of colour. 

Books play an important role as mirrors for children: these stories and characters will affect how they see themselves and the world around them, their motivation to read, and their aspirations to become authors and illustrators of the future. 

However, finding books that truly reflect the diversity of families in the UK is challenging. Over the past 11 years, fewer than 2% of all authors and/or illustrators of children's books published in the UK were British people of colour.

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As part of the project we have put together booklists hightling some of our favourite middle grade books by authors and illustrators of colour. 

Picture book list

Teen list

  • A Dangerous Game

    Author: Malorie Blackman Illustrator: Mike Lowery

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  • A Dangerous Game

    Author: Malorie Blackman Illustrator: Mike Lowery

    Sam’s sickle-cell anaemia means he has trouble keeping up with the other boys in his class, but a school trip into the wild gives …

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  • Corey’s Rock

    Author: Sita Brahmachari Illustrator: Jane Ray

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  • Corey’s Rock

    Author: Sita Brahmachari Illustrator: Jane Ray

    Isla and her family move to the Orkney Islands from Edinburgh after Isla’s five-year-old brother Corey passes away. Soon, she lear…

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  • Cosmic Disco

    Author: Grace Nichols Illustrator: Alice Wright

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  • Cosmic Disco

    Author: Grace Nichols Illustrator: Alice Wright

    A poetry collection from the Guyana-born poet Grace Nichols that cover themes of seasons, planets and the cosmos for younger …

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  • Dave Pigeon

    Author: Swapna Haddow Illustrator: Sheena Dempsey

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  • Dave Pigeon

    Author: Swapna Haddow Illustrator: Sheena Dempsey

    Dave Pigeon, the brilliant pigeon mastermind, is determined to find and eat all of your biscuits. The expressive illustrations com…

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  • Phoenix

    Author: S F Said Illustrator: Dave McKean

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  • Phoenix

    Author: S F Said Illustrator: Dave McKean

    Lucky is on the run and joins up with a group of aliens - refugees from the ongoing war between aliens and humans - who agree to h…

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  • Tall Story

    Author: Candy Gourlay

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  • Tall Story

    Author: Candy Gourlay

    Engagingly told in alternate chapters by four-foot, thirteen year-old Andi, in the UK, and her eight-foot, sixteen year-old half b…

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  • Toad Attack!

    Author: Patrice Lawrence Illustrator: Becka Moor

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  • Toad Attack!

    Author: Patrice Lawrence Illustrator: Becka Moor

    Leo is astounded when he is hit on the head by a flying toad on his way to school. His best friend Rosa is excited because one of …

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