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Michel Abescat
Published on 19/01/23
Malika Ferdjoukh at the Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse de Montreuil, December 4, 2016.
Photo Joel Saget / AFP
At the very beginning, when she was in first grade, the author who was to become a leading figure in children's literature didn't like to read. A few decades later, Malika Ferdjoukh is one of those authors who have given hundreds of children a taste for books. With some twenty novels and series to her credit, translated into a dozen languages, The Rain Club, Four Sisters, Broadway Limited, Portrait with a knife or the excellent Claws, just published.
"There were no books at home, she says today, smiling at a wall of books in the offices of her main publisher, L'École des loisirs. "My mother was a cleaning lady, and my father a handler and then a salesman at Printemps. We had left Béjaïa, Algeria, shortly after I was born, in 1957, because of a nasty illness I'd caught, which was better treated in Paris. It took a long time. And we stayed. In its own way, perhaps this illness was a blessing in disguise.
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