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Michel Abescat
Published on 19/01/23
Malika Ferdjoukh au Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse de Montreuil, le 4 décembre 2016.
Photo Joel Saget / AFP
Au tout début, quand elle était en CP, celle qui allait devenir une figure de la littérature jeunesse n’aimait pas lire. Quelques dizaines d’années plus tard, Malika Ferdjoukh fait partie de ces auteurs qui ont donné le goût des livres à des centaines de gamins. Avec une vingtaine de romans et séries à son actif, traduits dans une dizaine de langues, Le Club de la pluie, Quatre Sœurs, Broadway Limited, Portrait au couteau ou l’excellent Griffes, qui vient de paraître.
« Il n’y avait aucun bouquin à la maison », raconte-t-elle aujourd’hui, le sourire en coin devant un mur de livres dans les locaux de son principal éditeur, L’École des loisirs. « Maman était femme de ménage et papa, manutentionnaire puis vendeur au Printemps. Nous avions quitté Béjaïa, en Algérie, peu après ma naissance, en 1957, à cause d’une vilaine maladie que j’avais attrapée et qu’il valait mieux faire soigner à Paris. Ce fut long. Et nous sommes restés. À sa manière, peut-être cette maladie a-t-elle été une chance. »
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