Maya & Her Friends – Bonnier Books Charity title. All proceeds will go to UNICEF to support the children of Ukraine

Larysa Denysenko

ISBN: 9781800784147


Bonnier Books Ukraine Charity Title to support the citizens of Ukraine.

All proceeds go to to the children of Ukraine via UNICEF.

NB This title is due to be released on 12th April 2022. All pre-orders will be dispatched on or just after this date.

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Since the occupation of Crimea in 2014, Ukrainian families with children have had to live their daily lives in the shadow of the threat of war. Maja and Friends tells the story of ordinary Ukrainian children and their families. Nine-year-old Maja has 16 classmates, all with different home backgrounds. Sofia’s father has disappeared in the battles against Russia. When the war ends, he will hopefully be found. Aksana lives with her father because her mother is dead. Hristina lives with her grandmother because her parents are working abroad. Rais is a Crimean Tatar whose family had to leave his homeland due to the Russian occupation. Timko’s parents are divorced, and he lives alternately with his mother and father. Petro is a Roma and has a huge family clan. Maja herself, on the other hand, has two mothers.

Larysa Denysenko is a well-known Ukrainian writer, lawyer, human rights activist, TV and radio journalist in Ukraine and a member of the Ukrainian PEN. She is serving as a UN Goodwill Ambassador to increase tolerance in Ukraine

“I wrote this book about different children from different Ukrainian families in 2017, when Russia had conquered Crimea and temporarily occupied parts of Donetsk and Luhansk. I write these forewords in the bathroom of my Kiev home in the roar of a Russian assailant’s fire. I can imagine that one of Maja’s classmates is now praying in a bomb shelter, another is writing a letter to his imprisoned father in Russia, and a third has already lost a loved one. It is less likely that one of the boys or girls will start their life in Helsinki. War is always against children. With this text, I want to shout to the world that the children of my country need international protection.” Larysa Denysenko, February 2022


Further Information

Format Hardback
Publisher Bonnier Books
Published 12/04/2022
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