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Katya Balen

  • 5 stars across 6 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
    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 Katya Balen... More

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    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... More

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    14th April 2022

    The Light in Everything: from the winner of the Yoto Carnegie Medal 2022

    From the author of October, October , winner of the Yoto Carnegie Medal 2022, comes a life-affirming story about bl... More

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    19th August 2021

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

    An inspiring fantasy story from Katya Balen, author of The Space We're In and October, October . Mag... More

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    7th July 2022

    Birdsong

    The blackbirds' song uplifts and restores in this captivating novella from one of the most exciting voices in children... More

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    4th May 2023

    Nightjar

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

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