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  • The Večernica Prize 2010 Nominee
  • The Desetnica Prize 2013

Kebarie is more than just a dynamic and intense story, full of small, but no less dramatic events and the goings on at a school and a Romani neighbourhood; it also asks more complex questions (for instance about identity, parent-child relationships etc.) which in no way bother those readers looking for a more light, more fluent reading experience. But because these questions are present in the text, the slightly more demanding readers will also be satisfied. They are also especially suitable for parents and teachers as starting points of discussion about these themes, which are universal and applicable at the same time. Janja Vidmar adjusted the language (which she spices up with just the right amount of Romani vocabulary) and style of the story to younger readers and created an airy story, full of lively dialogue with excellent, humorous ideas.

The girl Kebarie, Kedi to her friends, lives in a Romani neighbourhood and is very close to her father, who encourages her to read and tells her wonderful fairytales. But one day, Kedi’s father disappears and no one will tell her where he has gone. When she finally finds out that he is in prison, she forges a plan to rescue him. This is not an easy task, of course, and her father, around whom another mystery revolves, is not her only problem. There are also annoying schoolmates, the demanding teacher Erika, fights with her mother and the endless question of who Kedi even is – Slovene, Romani, both, or something completely different, because none of these adjectives matter or tell anything about the person? Luckily, her schoolmates and the teacher Erika turn out not to be as bad as Kedi thinks, she can also talk to her mother and her friend Pužo stands at her side. And her father will also return home sooner or later; he will have to be taught to read and write, but that will not be hard at all, because Kedi has already decided that she wants to be a teacher...

Janja Vidmar is a most proclaimed Slovenian young adult's author. She has the status of independent writer and script-writer and is a member of the Slovene Writers' Association as well as the president of the association's Children's and Youth Literature Section. Vidmar has received many national and international awards for her works: The IBBY Honour List 2010, The Večernica Award 2009, The Desetnica Award 2006 and The Večernica Award 1999. She was nominated for the Večernica Award 1997, 1998, 2003, 2005 and 2006. She also received the Medaglia d'oro Award twice at the international literary competition Parole senza Frontiere in Trento, Italy, in 1999 and in 2003. Her book, My Nina (Moja Nina), was selected by the IBBY Documentation Centre for Young People with Disabilities, Sandvika, Norway, within the project Important Books for Young People with Special Needs which is presented every two years at the Bologna Children's Book Fair.

1. Multiculturalism – Romani children in school.
2. Lively dialogue with excellent, humorous ideas.
3. Suitable for parents and teachers as starting points of discussion

Illustrator: Damijan Stepančič
Categories: Midgrade Books
Country: Slovenia
Covers: hard cover
Number of pages: 149
Format: 130 mm x 190 mm x 15 mm
Publishing date: November 2010