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A child of colour holds a seed in her hands. The background shows monochrome buildings and people, reflected in colour.

by Lucy Farfort


LONGLISTED Little Rebels Award 2023

SHORTLISTED Jhalak Children’s & Young Adult Prize 2023


“We called it ‘The Dulling’. It had been creeping in for such a long time, and had started so gradually, that most people barely even noticed”.


A world is slowly diluted of colour, turning to flattening monochrome shades as people turn on each other and those who are in charge just shrug their shoulders. But, one child peers out over the world. She seeks out answers. She plants a grain. Shouts for help. And people start to hear. And start to build again. Always together. The work sometimes feels relentless. But slowly, slowly, the colour seeps back.


An arresting parable of hope. ‘I like the message of this book which is to work together to achieve brilliant things’ (Hannah, young Letterbox Library reviewer). ‘An opportunity to reinforce what one single person can positively do to bring about change’ (Elaine, Foster Care Associates Liaison Officer, Letterbox Library reviewer).  ‘A clarion call for activism, care and community” (Fen, Letterbox Library staff reviewer). Protagonist of colour. Diverse ethnicities and faiths. Dual heritage, Nottingham-based artist who won the inaugural, Faber Children’s FAB Prize competition (2017).   Age 4-7, Hardback 30pp 



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