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You and Me and the Space Between

2017 - Shortlisted

Shortlisted

Judges' comments

A world in miniature, a polished gem, Finegan Kruckemeyer’s elegant and lucid play for young people transports us to the Island of the Proud Circle. When it springs a leak, its citizens, led by our little girl narrator, must work out how to save their home from sinking — even if it means asking for refuge on a strange shore.

This charming and original picture-book allegory comes to life with great heart and crystal clear storytelling, as well as truly memorable imagery and metaphor, while grappling with some of the most urgent problems of our time. You and Me and the Space Between is playful, bright, and joyful but never simplistic — an exquisite and moving myth for our contemporary world.