When Shadows Fall

Represented by:
Sophie Gorell Barnes

Children's, Fiction

Stripes at Little Tiger Press

Publication date:
November 11th 2021

Foreign rights controlled by:

Kai, Orla and Zak grew up together, their days spent on the patch of wilderness in between their homes, a small green space in a sprawling grey city. Music, laughter and friendship bind them together and they have big plans for their future – until Kai’s family suffers a huge loss.

Trying to cope with his own grief, as well as watching it tear his family apart, Kai is drawn into a new and more dangerous crowd, until his dreams for the future are a distant memory. Excluded from school and retreating from his loved ones, it seems as though his path is set, his story foretold. Orla, Zak and new classmate Om are determined to help him find his way back. But are they too late?

Told in an original mix of forms – verse, prose with illustrations by Natalie Sirett.


Lyrical and powerful, everyone should read this story.
Gill Lewis