“Ellie Pillai Is Brown” shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize!

Many congratulations to author Christine Pillainayagam, and also of course to Trisha Srviastava for her supporting illustrations, as “Ellie Pillai Is Brown” has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize!

It is one of six shortlisted books for Older Readers, her YA romcom is about standing out, falling in love and following your heart. The winners are announced later this month.

Hilarious and heart-warming, Ellie Pillai Is Brown was longlisted for the Branford Boase and Amazing Book Awards, and was one of the Observer’s YA Books of the Year.

Published by Faber March 2023, the sequel (also illustrated by Trisha), Ellie Pillai is (Almost) in Love, finds the inimitable titular heroine in the midst of a heavy summer romance which does not quite go as planned.

Born and brought up in India, Trisha Srivastava is a self-taught illustrator and visual explorer whose passion lies in the art of storytelling through colours.

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