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Melis Sena Yılmaz

Editor: Müren Beykan

Monster legends are the mysteries of childhood!

Melis Sena Yılmaz, who became very popular with her debut children’s novel Istanbul Below, once again offers a breathless adventure in her new book. Two children, tracing the oddities of a mysterious nursery rhyme, find themselves in an uncanny escape. The author, who humorously interprets the eternal conflict of good and evil inside us, narrates the effort that is shown for not turning into a monster sometimes and the power of friendship with cheerful language. The adventure, which extends from the shelves of a second-hand bookstore to the depths of our cultural history, offers an impressive reading opportunity with its philosophical references.


Cenk, whose holiday plans in Antalya fails, is sent to Bozcaada, to the hotel of his great-aunt who he has not seen for years. He finds the hotel’s surprise rooms, the creepy Gardener Hüsnü, the smiling Chef Birol and the weird Aunt Necla all very interesting. However, when he is asked to do the cleaning from the first day on, he gets annoyed. Despite the mysterious nursery rhyme on the island, swimming is all what he has in his mind. Rocked with what has happened on the beach, Cenk, with the help of his new friend Büşra, tries to solve the secret of the mysterious basement, the upside-down man and the birds of need…

Melis Sena Yılmaz

Melis Sena Yılmaz

Melis Sena Yılmaz was born in Bursa in 1997. She studied in and received her master’s degree from Boğaziçi University, Department of Economics in Istanbul. She worked as a scriptwriter in a children’s play and her stories were published in various platforms. She was influenced by Karaköy and Şişhane districts of Istanbul, where she worked during her studentship years. After her debut children’s novel Istanbul Below (Aşağistanbul, 2022) which is a fantastic fiction taking place under the streets of Istanbul , […]
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2nd edition


208 pages
120x180 mm
1st edition: 2023
ISBN: 978-605-7797-99-5


Bozcaadamysteryvacationisland lifefearswimminghotelcleaningsea pollutionsecretssecond-hand bookstoremonsterfriendshiplegendsdoing researchcouragenursery rhymehistorygood-evilPelasgiansdrawing

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