Graphic Novels from Turkey

Foreign teachers of English in Turkey quickly learn that many Turkish parents want their children to grow up to be either a doctor or an engineer. Those were the safest choices in earlier generations, and parents are occasionally reluctant to believe in the new expanded choices available in a booming Turkey.  Children are expected to … Continue reading Graphic Novels from Turkey

‘A Tale Within A Tale’ by Ahmet Ümit

The author Ahmet Ümit writes: ‘’The tales in this book, I heard from my mother. My mother heard them from a storyteller nearly sixty years ago. It seems my grandfather never thought twice about hiring a storyteller to warm the cockles of his little girl's heart. She listened to many stories, though she couldn't always … Continue reading ‘A Tale Within A Tale’ by Ahmet Ümit

USBBY Outstanding International Title Pick: The Last Execution by Jesper Wung-Sung

Based on the chilling true story of the last execution in Denmark’s history, this award-winning, mesmerizing novel asks a question that plagues a small Danish town: does a fifteen-year-old boy deserve to be put to death? On February 22, 1853, a fifteen-year-old Niels Nelson is prepared to be executed on Gallows Hill. The master carpenter … Continue reading USBBY Outstanding International Title Pick: The Last Execution by Jesper Wung-Sung

The Ventriloquist’s Daughter: Between Fantasy and Reality – by Lin Man-chiu

Spring 2017 will see the publication of The Ventriloquist’s Daughter, by Lin Man-chiu, tr. Helen Wang, the fourth Young Adult novel translated from Chinese and published by Balestier Press. Originally from Taiwan, Lin Man-chiu has travelled extensively in South America, and her experiences there inspired this story. The following piece is adapted from the Author’s … Continue reading The Ventriloquist’s Daughter: Between Fantasy and Reality – by Lin Man-chiu