The Alliance of Radical Booksellers is delighted to announce that the winner of this year’s Little Rebels Children’s Book Award for Radical Fiction is Zanib Mian for her book, The Muslims (Sweet Apple Books 2017).
The winning title is a comic-style-illustrated chapter book which explores the life of Londoner, Omar, as he navigates a new school which comes complete with its resident bully. Keen to apply Islamic teachings to the challenges he faces and armed with a fiercely hyperactive imagination, Omar’s journey is a hilarious take on life as a 9-year-old child with a proud Muslim identity in contemporary Britain.
Praising the winning title, judge Patrice Lawrence said, “This is a very funny and very effective challenge to the widespread misrepresentation of Muslims in the news. More children need to get to read this book”. Judge Emily Drabble added, “If more children read The Muslims, the world could be a better place” and Darren Chetty said, “A fantastic book full of humour and eccentricity – The Muslims finds a way to explore racism and Islamophobia without allowing the characters to be defined by these things”.
The winner of the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award 2018 was announced on Saturday June 2nd by judge and author, Catherine Johnson, at the sixth London Radical Bookfair, held at Goldsmiths University.
More news and pictures from the day to come. Congratulations, Zanib!