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Mitch Johnson

After graduating from the University of East Anglia with an award-winning degree in English Literature with Creative Writing, Mitch completed Kick, his debut novel for middle grade readers. Endorsed by Amnesty International UK for its portrayal of children’s rights,Kick also received the 2018 Branford Boase Award. Mitch now works as a Waterstones bookseller in Norwich where he lives with his wife and baby daughter. Mitch will publish his next middle grade book POP! with Hachette Children’s Group in July 2020.


It’s fantastic to be on the judging panel for the 2020 Hachette Children’s Novel Award, and I can’t wait to see what the writers of the north have to offer. It can be a real challenge to get your work noticed as a debut author, but this competition creates a welcome pathway to publication. As a judge, it’s a rare opportunity to read the fiction of the future – before anyone else.

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