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Femi Fadugba and Tamzin Merchant longlisted for Branford Boase Award 2022

The 2022 Branford Boase Award longlist has been revealed, featuring Tamzin Merchant's The Hatmakers (Penguin), a middle grade novel set in a magical and historical version of London, about enchanted headwear, vanished ships and the dark rumblings of war; and Femi Fadugba's The Upper World (Penguin), a dual narrative YA sci-fi thriller following the story of a teenage boy, Esso, who can see glimpses of the future, and of a fostered girl, Rhia, fifteen years in the future, who is desperately seeking for answers about the past when her path crosses with Esso's. 

Set up in memory of award-winning author Henrietta Branford and her editor Wendy Boase, one of the founders of Walker Books, the Branford Boase Award is given annually to the author of an outstanding début novel for children. Uniquely the Branford Boase Award also honours the editors of the winning title, which includes Natalie Doherty for her work on The Hatmakers and Emma Jones, Stephanie Stein and Asmaa Isse for their work on The Upper World.

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