As If By Magic
Author: Maria Papayanni
Greek IBBY Award
Diavazo Literary Magazine Award
Eva knows full well that her mum, Mantalena, is not like other mums. She has the reddest hair in the world, speaks to the blooming flowers and to animals, that love her. Her dad says that Mantalena simply picked the wrong time to be born. Mantalena instructs her daughter to punish mean people with Inverse Wishes. Eva's first Inverse Wish is targeted at the nasty gossip across the street. As she grows up, Eva will discover that life is full of wonders and that it often takes long and bitter battles to win. Because although Inverse Wishes usually work, you have to overcome your fears and throw yourself into the adventure just as often.