by Alki Zei
Shortlisted for The Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation
Tina’s life in Germany had been so happy, it never occurred to her that one day her parents might split. Or – worse still – send her back to Greece to live with her grandmother!
But Tina doesn’t mind anything anymore. She’s found the answer. With the help of her friend Wick, and a really amazing little blue pill… then lots more amazing little pills… then lots of really incredible lies…
Sometimes it’s as if she’s in heaven, sometimes she’s crashing back down to earth, and now – there’s no return. Or is there?
“Written with a fine and original humour, with a discreet sense of the innocent happiness of childhood… within the borders of a world that collapses…the theme of the novel is universal.” James Forman, New York Times
“Alki Zei’s work – addressed to children but also read with great interest by grown-ups – is innovative and avant-garde. Her themes (recent history, social problems — divorce, drugs — contemporary problems of bourgeois society – consumerism, transcultural relations) occupy the mind and interest of the child of today. This fact is reaffirmed not only by the frequent reprinting of Alki Zei’s books in Greece but also of her many publications, in translation, abroad. Alki Zei has definitely contributed to the renewal of children’s literature thanks to the aesthetic, social and educational value of her work.” Ada Katsiki-Givalou, Professor of Greek and Children’s Literature, University of Athen
About the author
Alki Zei is an award-winning Greek author who has written over a dozen books for children. In 1992, she won the National Award for Children’s Literature (Greece) and has been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for Literature. Her books have been translated into many languages.