Children's Books (ages 8-12)Novels

Maya’nın Ağacı

Gökçe Ateş Aytuğ

Editor: Müren Beykan
Illustrator: Gökçe İrten

Sometimes a child’s heart can assure a whole life.

Gökçe Ateş Aytuğ, one of the notable authors of contemporary children’s literature, tells a heartwarming neighbourhood story in her novel. The author, who makes us think about the concept of “home” in different ways, stands alongside children, trees, cats and crows, and defends life. Whispering that the coexistence may endure only with respect and love, the story reminds the young readers about the possibility to overcome injustice by solidarity. Enriched with interesting illustrations of Gökçe İrten, this book turns reading into pleasure with its effectual characters, places, fun and fluent expression.


The centennial stone pine in the middle of the street which rises to the sky despite the concrete jungle surrounding it, is reported to municipality by “some neighbors” claiming that it’s polluting the environment. Maya gets really upset when she sees that the municipality officers are getting prepared to cut the beautiful tree. Her grandfather and Tailor Arman try to protect the tree by sitting next to it on the sidewalk. However, the municipality officers are decided to execute the orders given to them. Maya makes a plan and sees that she is not alone. Will crows, cat Muhtar, and the people from the neighborhood be able to the save stone pine?

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Gökçe Ateş Aytuğ

Gökçe Ateş Aytuğ

She was born in İstanbul, in 1980. She studied art history in the university. For long years she worked in different publishing houses as an editor and she translated children’s books. Her children’s novel Maya’s Tree (Maya’nın Ağacı) published by Günışığı Kitaplığı in 2017 gained much attention and appreciation. In 2018, she revised her earlier published works I Planned to Dream Today (Bugün Hayal Kuracaktım) and I was So Bored Today (Bugün Çok Sıkıldım Ben) to be published by Günışığı […]
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156 pages
120x180 mm
1st edition: 2017
12th edition: 2022
ISBN: 978-605-9405-20-1
Barcode: 978 605 9405 201


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