Astrid Lindgren Nomination

Jane Mitchell

Award-winning writer of books for young people

Astrid Lindgren Nomination
KPMG Award Shortlist
Empathy Lab
Badger Book Award

Run For Your Life

What's the story?

Azari's life has been split in two and the halves are as different as lemons and mangoes.

She and her mother fled for their lives to Ireland, where they live in a bleak Direct Provision centre. They long for their own hot, vibrant country. But to go back would mean certain death.

When Azari runs she feels strong and free. But Azari has secrets — and she's still running for her life.

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A moving children’s book exploring Direct Provision, Ireland’s asylum-seeker accommodation system, this remarkable story is endorsed by Amnesty International (Ireland) as contributing to a better understanding of human rights and the values that underpin them.

Run For Your Life was first published in Ireland in April 2022 by Little Island Books. It was published in the US in January 2023.

Suitable for readers from 11+ years.

Publishing News about Run For your Life

Wow - more fantastic news! In February 2023, Run For your Life was shortlisted for the 2023 KPMG Children's Books Ireland Awards. This is a huge honour for me! The awards are the most prestigious of their kind in Ireland and they provide a significant opportunity for national and international recognition of Irish children's authors and illustrators. The awards are made under six different categories, with excellence in children's being the over-arching criterion.

In February 2023, Run For your Life was selected as one of the books in the Empathy Lab's 2023 Read for Empathy collection. An expert panel selected 65 books to feature in the collection. Each book was chosen to do a specific job in building young people’s empathy, which is the ability to imagine and share someone else’s feelings and perspectives. I am thrilled that Run For Your Life is packed with enough empathy-building power to be included in this important collection! The Empathy Lab says that each book 'explores timely, powerful themes, including food poverty and homelessness; handling and sharing emotions; identity; understanding different cultures and changing society for the better.'

In January 2023, Run For your Life was published in the US.

Also in January 2023, it was shortlisted for the newly-launched Badger Book Award, designed to encourage reading for pleasure and to champion incredible books. This UK-based award shortlists fifty titles from 2022, splitting them into the top 10 titles for UK School Years 7 to 11. Each vote submitted gives a UK secondary school the chance to win £500 worth of books! The author of each winning category will also be given £500 worth of books to donate to a UK school of his or her choice. Vote for Run For Your Life before 30th June 2023!

In November 2022, Run For your Life was longlisted for the UK's 2023 Redbridge Children's Book Award, which is run by the UK's London Borough of Redbridge Library Service. There are 2 categories: the Children’s Book Award for 10 to 12 year olds and the Teenage Book Award for 13 to 16 year olds. The awards process started in September 2022 and ends in June 2023.

In April 2022, Run For your Life was published in Ireland.

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