Shortlist year: 
2022
Shortlist category: 
Children's literature
Published by: 
University of Queensland Press

About the book

Mina and the Whole Wide World by Sherryl Clark, illustrated by Briony Stewart, University of Queensland Press

Mina wants her own bedroom more than anything else in the whole wide world. And it's almost ready! Just one more lick of sunny yellow paint and it's hers.

But when Mina's parents take in an unexpected guest, they give her room away. At first, Mina is too upset to speak. She doesn't care that this new boy, Azzami, needs a place to stay.

At school, the other kids call Azzami names, and Mina wishes he'd stand up for himself. Then she sees his drawings, and for the first time really thinks about the life of the quiet boy in front of her.

Here is a story about finding friendship where you least expect it and making room for everyone across this big wide world.