Children's Books (ages 8-12)Novels

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The Coal Black Child

Müge İplikçi

Editor: Müren Beykan
Illustrator: Huban Korman

An immigrant child’s story of catching the music in a new country… 

Müge İplikçi presents a masterpiece, this time for 8-12 year olds, after her earlier works for 6-8 year olds and young adults. A road story of a child with his mother, who found themselves in an immigration house in İstanbul… İplikçi successfully relates music’s healing power with the feelings of immigration and solidarity from a child’s point of view. The book fascinates the readers also with its powerful illustrations.


After coming to Turkey with his mother from his country where the sky and rivers glow like saffron, Salif’s life becomes a real struggle full of uncertainties. He would be the target of questioning looks and words until he is accepted as a part of this new country. While waiting to reunite with his musician father abroad, Salif finds himself joining the school band in the neighbourhood, even though he doesn’t even have a real home address, school registration or an identity card. Salif’s somber experiences mix with the moments of magic where the music unites all people. Would he be able to get together with his loved ones and discover a new place to live altogether?

Müge İplikçi

Müge İplikçi

Müge İplikçi, was born in 1966 in İstanbul. She is an academician and known for the stories in which she addresses the issues of woman’s statuses and relations in modern times. İplikçi has won various prestigious awards like Yaşar Nabi Nayır Youth Awards (first place in 1996) and Haldun Taner Story Awards (third place in 1997). Her stories have been translated into many languages. In 2010, she wrote her first young adult novel False Witness (Yalancı Şahit) for “Bridge Book” […]
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108 pages
120x180 mm
1st edition: 2014
12th edition: 2022
ISBN: 978-605-4603-95-4
Barcode: 978 605 4603 954



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