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A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars

A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars

Author(s): Yaba Badoe

Location(s): Andalusia (Andalucía), Cadiz

Genre(s): Magical Realism, Young Adult

*Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018.
*Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Award 2018.

A powerful, haunting debut that steps seamlessly from the horrors of people-trafficking to the magic of African folklore.

Sante was a baby when she was washed ashore in a sea-chest laden with treasure. It seems she is the sole survivor of the tragic sinking of a ship carrying migrants and refugees. Her people.

Fourteen years on she’s a member of Mama Rose’s unique and dazzling circus. But, from their watery grave, the unquiet dead are calling Sante to avenge them:

A bamboo flute. A golden bangle. A ripening mango which must not fall . . .
. . . are these the missing pieces of the jigsaw which will tell Sante’s story?

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A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

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