MVP Book of the Year 2021

To kick off the new year, we wanted to spotlight a 2021 title that stood out amongst the rest. This was a challenging task because 2021 has been an exceptional year for Muslim creators — with The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed being shortlisted for both the Costa Novel Award and the Booker Prize, followed by the celebration of exceptional work by young Muslim creators at the Young Muslim Writers Awards on 31st December, Islam Channel.

Choosing just one title was impossible. Instead, we’ve decided to pick two: one children’s title and one adult title. It’s only fair!

So, without further ado…

MVP Children’s Title of the Year, 2021

published by Knights Of, 2021

Mayhem Mission by Burhana Islam (with illustrations by Farah Khandaker) has to be one of our favourite children’s books of 2021. Full of humour, fun illustrations and a loveable but mischievous main character, it had all the ingredients to be the perfect antidote to what has been a few tough years. With a brilliant children’s non-fiction title (AMAZING MUSLIM’S WHO CHANGED THE WORLD – Puffin, 2020) and now a debut middle-grade fiction title under her belt, we can’t wait to see what Burhana Islam does next!

MVP Adult Title of the Year, 2021

published by Arrow (Penguin UK), 2021

The Mismatch by Sara Jafari is a fresh and compelling coming-of-age story about first love and heartbreak, family and faith, and a journey of self-discovery whilst navigating the pressures of two worlds. This unforgettable tale, with its deeply relatable and complex characters, centres the cross-generational experience of a mother and daughter, and focuses on the tribulations of Soraya, a young British-Iranian woman, as she tries to make sense of her life and relationships.

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