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Tina Athaide
Tina Athaide

Tina Athaide lives in California, a long way from her childhood homes in Uganda, London, and Canada, but the experiences of those years are present in her books. She writes beautifully crafted middle grade and picture books that have a commitment to diversity and cultural authenticity. Tina’s debut MG novel, ORANGE FOR THE SUNSETS was awarded the Geoffrey Bilson award for historical fiction for young readers by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. She has written leveled books with Bebop an imprint of Lee and Low and her work has been published in various magazines. Now, at a time when there is so much conflict in the world, she hopes her stories will promote cross-cultural understanding and acceptance.

Book Title(s):

#1 Orange For The Sunsets (Harper Collins Katherine Tegen Books, 2019)

#2 Meena’s Mindful Moment (Page Street Books, 2021)


Award(s) and Accolade(s):

Nominated: Silver Birch Award Forest of Reading 2020

White Nile Award 2020/2021 (Shortlisted)

Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Awards  (Shortlisted)

CCBC: Winner: Geoffrey Bilson Historical Fiction Award for Young Readers 2020

Goan Indian, Indian
Age Categories:
Chapter Book, Middle Grade, Picture Book
Contemporary, Fantasy, Historical
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