IBBY Turkey - Jury Special Award Children's Book of the Year 2007

The author narrates the changing lives of today’s children with a realistic and simple language. She fictionalised her new book for children again with the fantasy hidden in life. The story tells how the friendship of two children revealed the secrets in the life of an old family member; emphasising the importance of communication between generations. By questioning the facts relevant to complicated events, children improve their ability to perceive the relations between people, objects, events; change and persistence.


Great Aunt, considered baleful by her relatives, invites Peren to spend the summer vacation together in her house. Although Peren’s parents ignore the rumours about Great Aunt, they are still not  happy about this invitation because of the  swamp near Great Aunt’s house. Peren finally convinces her parents and goes to visit the Great Aunt. The mysterious Great Aunt who lives alone in an old house by the swamp, the impressive young man Kuzey, Little Savage, the orphan who works in the only shop of the town, and Owl the mysterious man with the odd look, make this stay an unforgettable vacation for Peren.

Yeşim Saygın

She was born in Bursa and spent her childhood in this charming, green city. She studied veterinary medicine in İstanbul University, and continued with her doctoral studies in Marmara University, Faculty of Pharmacy. Her poems and articles were published in magazines such as Varlık, Milliyet Sanat, Cumhuriyet Kitap and Hürriyet Gösteri. In 1996, she received Yaşar Nabi Nayır Remarkable Poetry Award. Her first children’s novel Children of the Haunted Lake (Hayaletli Gölün Çocukları, 2007) was followed by The Harmonica Player (Mızıkacı, 2005). House by the Swamp (Bataklığın Kıyısındaki Ev, 2007) received IBBY Turkey Jury Special Award for Children’s Book of devamı için tıklayınız

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