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Hanna Alkaf’s new book was released in August this year, and already it is on its way to being a prize-winner. Her earlier debut novel set during the May 13th racial riots, The Weight Of Our Sky, similarly bagged the Freeman Book award and has even been reproduced as a webcomic.
This time, The Girl and the Ghost is delightfully local tale that features Malaysian folklore, namely a ghostly grasshopper pelesit and his owner, and the extraordinary power of friendship between them.
HELLO. HI. I HAVE NEWS.— Hanna Alkaf (@yesitshanna) September 9, 2020
THE GIRL & THE GHOST is a 2020 Kirkus Prize Finalist! https://t.co/jvmsknbl5z
The book is a finalist for the Kirkus Prize young reader’s literature category. Right now, the book is listed alongside three other books, all written by American authors. Hanna Alkaf is the only non-American author to have made it as a finalist in this category!
If you’re interested in picking up The Girl and the Ghost, it is now available in local bookstores, as is her previous novel, The Weight Of Our Sky.
It’s a wall of me! pic.twitter.com/yIY4iiMGiL— Hanna Alkaf (@yesitshanna) September 2, 2020
Anne is an advocate of sustainable living and the circular economy, and has managed to mum-nag the team into using reusable containers to tapau food. She is also a proud parent of 4 cats and 1 rabbit.