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Katya Balen

  • 5 stars across 12 books
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 as a teaching assistant, and more recently co-founded Mainspring Arts - a not-for-profit organisation that provides mentoring and creative opportunities for neurodivergent adults

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30th September 2021

October, October: WINNER OF THE YOTO CARNEGIE MEDAL 2022

_______________ WINNER OF THE YOTO CARNEGIE MEDAL 2022 WINNER OF THE YOTO CARNEGIE SHADOWERS’ CHOICE AWARD 2022 _____... MoreOctober, October: WINNER OF THE YOTO CARNEGIE MEDAL 2022

(53 reviews) Review
5th September 2019

The Space We're In

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... MoreThe Space We're In

(23 reviews) Review
11th May 2023

The Thames and Tide Club: The Secret City

An exciting new adventure series for young readers from Carnegie Medal winner Katya Balen, author of October, October an... MoreThe Thames and Tide Club: The Secret City

(17 reviews) Review
19th January 2023

The Light in Everything: Shortlisted for the Yoto Carnegie Medal 2023

_______________ 'Original, compulsive, uplifting: this is another triumph for Balen' - Alex O'Connell, The Times Childr... MoreThe Light in Everything: Shortlisted for the Yoto Carnegie Medal 2023

(16 reviews) Review
1st June 2023

Nightjar

Carnegie Medal winner Katya Balen returns with a stunning tale about a fractured bond between father and son - and the i... MoreNightjar

(15 reviews) Review
7th July 2022

Birdsong

The blackbirds’ song uplifts and restores in this captivating novella from one of the most exciting voices in children’s... MoreBirdsong

(10 reviews) Review
28th September 2023

Foxlight

From the author of October, October, winner of the Yoto Carnegie Medal, comes a heartbreaking and heart-warming story ab... MoreFoxlight

(10 reviews) Review
19th August 2021

Maggie and the Moonbird: A Bloomsbury Reader: Dark Blue Book Band

Book Band: Dark Blue (Ideal for ages 9+) An inspiring fantasy story from Katya Balen, author of The Space We’re In and ... MoreMaggie and the Moonbird: A Bloomsbury Reader: Dark Blue Book Band

(9 reviews) Review
17th September 2020

October, October: WINNER OF THE YOTO CARNEGIE MEDAL 2022

_______________ WINNER OF THE YOTO CARNEGIE MEDAL 2022 WINNER OF THE YOTO CARNEGIE SHADOWERS’ CHOICE AWARD 2022 _____... MoreOctober, October: WINNER OF THE YOTO CARNEGIE MEDAL 2022

(0 reviews) Review
5th September 2019

The Space We're In: from the winner of the Yoto Carnegie Medal 2022

_______________ 'A brave and beautiful book with a big heart. I loved it' - Jenny Downham 'A tear-jerker about family ... MoreThe Space We're In: from the winner of the Yoto Carnegie Medal 2022

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