Over the course of 2019, TAULT will be launching a children’s division, showcasing the best of Ukrainian young adult fiction and children’s literature. We will be working with a number of Ukrainian presses, whose children’s publishing programs have gained visibility abroad in recent years. Our Children’s Corner will highlight recent winners and finalists of the BBC Children’s Book of the Year Award in Ukraine, as well as recent entries in the White Ravens Catalog of International Literature and children’s books written by our adult authors.
TAULT’s Children’s Corner, in cooperation with an affiliated English-language press, will also be launching a sponsor-a-book program with Ukrainian organizations and businesses in the U.S. To get involved in this project, or to explore the possibility of sponsoring the translation of a Ukrainian children’s or young adult book and its publication in English, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please visit back soon for our initial list of books. Below is a sneak peek, from one of our adult fiction authors, of what we have in store.
By Tanja Maljartschuk
Illustrated by Katya Slonova
2018 White Ravens International Youth Library Catalog Entry
Finalist for the 2018 BBC Children’s Book of the Year Award
Tanja Maljartschuk’s first children’s book, Mox Nox (from the Latin “here comes the night”) is a somber, strange, and marvelously creepy dystopian novella. Set in a time when humans have mysteriously disappeared from the earth, the now-abandoned ruins of cities are populated by a civilization of bat-like creatures, some real and some fictionalized. The young Pteropus Teresa, a fruit-eating flying foxling living in a city designed for two-legged beings, begins to question the tales told the children by the elder Night-Seers and sets out on a quest to discover the truth behind the humans’ disappearance. In a tale that eventually leads her in search of the rumored mangrove forest paradise by the distant sea, Teresa struggles with coming-of-age questions regarding identity, integrity, authority, and individuality, discovering the value of friendship and being true to oneself. A tale for both young and old, Mox Nox is a spine-tingling exploration of age-old questions in a dark and eerie world intricately devised by Maljartschuk and stunningly illustrated by Katya Slonova.
Translation sample available.
Recommended Ages: 13+ (young YA)
Key words: dystopian fiction, coming-of-age, doubt, friendship, self-confidence, bats
Original publication: «Мох Nох», Old Lion Publishing, 2018
Number of pages: 120
Anticipated word count: 21,500
English rights holder: Old Lion Publishing