The Deep Blue Between

Publication: 2020

Author: Private: Ayesha Harruna Attah

Twin sisters Hassana and Husseina’s home is in ruins after a brutal raid. But this is not the end but the beginning of their story, one that will take them to unfamiliar cities and cultures, where they will forge new families, ward off dangers and truly begin to know themselves.

As the twins pursue separate paths in Brazil and the Gold Coast of West Africa, they remain connected through shared dreams of water. But will their fates ever draw them back together?

A sweeping adventure with richly evocative historical settings, The Deep Blue Between is a moving story of the bonds that can endure even the most dramatic change.

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Original Language

ENGLISH (World) | Pushkin Press
ENGLISH (Nigeria) | Cassava Republic
ENGLISH (North America) | Carolrhoda/Lerner Publications

Translation Rights

CATALAN | Sembra Llibres
DUTCH | Orlando
GERMAN | Diana Verlag / Random House DE
ITALIAN | Marcos y Marcos
PORTUGUESE (Brazil) | Editora Globo


Longlisted for the 2021 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

Selected as a 2021 White Raven by the International Youth Library Foundation


"A successful exploration of rich cultural experiences and enduring familial connections." Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"This sweeping saga is a heartache of grief, loss, faith, and the life-altering consequences of slavery and colonization." BuzzFeed

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