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Publisher's Summary

Hot on the heels of the 500 Words: Black Lives Matter competition hosted by Virgin Radio this month, Bonnier Books UK is publishing a collection of 100 inspiring, moving and poignant short stories submitted by children from across the country. 

Almost 6,000 children, aged between 5 and 13, submitted stories expressing their personal experiences, tales of empathy, learning and respect, building on the international conversation around Black Lives Matter. Originally devised by Chris Evans, the 500 Words competition has a rich 10-year heritage, giving children of all ethnicities and backgrounds a platform to express their imaginations and creativity through storytelling. 

The illustrious judging panel, chaired by Angellica Bell and Michael Underwood, reviewed thousands of submissions from which they have shortlisted eight finalists and a selected a further 92 stories to be included in this important and timely collection.

All royalties from the sale of this book will be matched by the publisher and donated to children's charities dedicated to ensuring young people of all backgrounds are given the best opportunities in life.

©2020 Various (P)2020 Bonnier Books UK

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awesome and moving

The stories are inventive, insightful and extremely moving.
All the children who wrote these deserve an award for their writing skills, and their stories touched me deeply.
Black Lives Do Matter.
Thank you to all the writers and to the narrators for a wonderful collection of sagas.

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  • 27-09-2020

Beautiful, powerful poems.

The poems written by these children were heartfelt, powerful and amazing. The insight that they gave into BLM was astounding.. 500 words must be read and used as an educational tool.

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