Danielle Jawando, author of the incredible And The Stars Were Burning Brightly returns with another powerhouse novel to intoxicate readers. Simon & Schuster publish When Our Worlds Collided in hardback in the UK.

After the success of Danielle’s debut novel, And The Stars Were Burning Brightly, which was nominated for the Branford Boase Award, the Diverse Book Awards 2021 and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, it is no surprise that this second novel has been much anticipated by readers, reviewers and booksellers alike. Waterstones have even celebrated the release by creating their own special edition which Danielle has been busy modelling on Instagram. Take a look at the gorgeous sprayed edges.

For fans of the author, look out for tickets to the Northern YA Literary Festival where Danielle will be taking part in a panel discussion this May. She will also be visiting secondary schools in Glasgow as part of the Wee Write Festival 2022 in April, so watch this space!

A powerful coming-of-age story about chance encounters, injustice and how the choices that we make can completely change our future. The second YA novel from the critically acclaimed Danielle Jawando, perfect for fans of Angie Thomas, Gayle Foreman, Jennifer Niven and Nikesh Shukla.

When fourteen-year-old Shaq is stabbed outside of a busy shopping centre in Manchester, three teenagers from very different walks of life are unexpectedly brought together. What follows flips their worlds upside down and makes Chantelle, Jackson, and Marc question the deep-rooted prejudice and racism that exists within the police, the media, and the rest of society.

Praise for When Our Worlds Collided:

‘Jawando’s writing is incredibly raw and real; I felt completely immersed’ Alice Oseman

‘A raw, unflinching and powerful story that will stay with me for a long time’ Manjeet Mann, author of The Crossing
‘A beautiful ode to found family, and a compassionate look at the power of connection borne from the ashes of tragedy and apathy’ Christina Hammonds Reed, author of The Black Kids
‘Hard-hitting yet still hopeful, this is an emotional powerhouse of a book’ Alexandra Sheppard, author of Oh My Gods

Danielle Jawando’s previous publications and broadcasting credits have included the short story “Paradise 703”, which was published by DeadInk in 2012 (and longlisted for the Finishing Line Press Award in 2011). She has also had several short plays performed at the King’s Arms in Manchester, and at Stratford Circus in London. In 2015, she worked on Coronation Street as a storyline writer and last year, her short story “The Deerstalker” was selected as one of the six finalists for the We Need Diverse Books short story competition.

A big congratulations Danielle, we hope you enjoy your publication day!