Children’s book, 2007

Lara, an energetic little girl, full of ideas and ambition for life lives with her mother in a village called Petal.

Lara, being in the process of turning into a beautiful teenager was also a very naughty girl. If she isn’t scribbling on the walls, she was pulling her cat’s ears, hanging off the curtain drapes and seldom does she want to go to bed when the time comes…

Her mother, Olivia, in a state of despair, tries to find a solution. A secret word is invented and manages to make a difference, without realizing that Lara would, one day, throw it right back into Olivia’s face!

Crocodile is based on a true story.

The book is targeted to youth age 7 and above. It is available in Greek and English.


Η Λάρα, ένα μικρό, δυναμικό κοριτσάκι, γεμάτη ιδέες και φιλοδοξίες για τη ζωή, ζει με την μητέρα της σε ένα χωριό που το λένε Πέταλ.

Η Λάρα, σιγά-σιγά μεταμορφώνεται σε μια πανέμορφη έφηβη. Είναι όμως  ένα πολύ άταχτο κοριτσάκι.

Η μητέρα της, η Ολίβια, σε μια στιγμή απελπισίας, προσπαθεί να βρει μια λύση. Μια μυστική λέξη  δημιουργείται ανάμεσά τους και καταφέρνει να κάνει διάφορα χωρίς η Ολίβια ν’ αντιληφθεί όμως, ότι μια μέρα, η Λάρα θα τη χρησιμοποιούσε εναντίον της!

Ο Κροκόδειλος είναι βασισμένος σε μια αληθινή ιστορία.

Το βιβλίο απευθύνεται σε νέους ηλικίας 7 χρονών και άνω. Είναι διαθέσιμο στα ελληνικά και στα αγγλικά.


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About Melissa Hekkers

I am freelance journalist and author, who has frequently been featured in mainstream news outlets and other publications in Cyprus. Recently, I've been focusing on developing my writing, promoting my own books and teaching creative writing to children and adults. My most recent publication (2020) - Amir's Blue Elephant- pushes the boundaries of creative non-fiction, and recreates the moments that marked me the most, whilst volunteering in refugee camps in Lesvos, Greece, and during her ongoing involvement with the refugee community in Cyprus. In 2018 I published My Capre Greco Mandala which is the third in a series, an interactive colouring book about the biodiversity of the Cape Greco peninsula in Cyprus. My Akamas Mandala, the second in the series, is a colouring book inspired by the variety of endemic plants found on the Akamas Peninsula. In 2016, I published My Nicosia Mandala, the first of the above series, an innovative, interactive colouring book about the historic fortifications of the old town of Nicosia. I also focuses on silenced communities in Cyprus: I writes about migrants and refugees, both as a reporter and a features writer; I profile them and teach them creative writing skills. In 2007, soon after graduating with a Communications degree, I published my first children’s book in both English and Greek entitled Crocodile, which won the Cyprus State Illustration Award. In 2012, I launched my second children’s book Flying across Red Skies (in English and Greek), using an experimental approach to literature, for which I was nominated for the Cyprus State Literary award. My third, similarly well-received children’s book was Pupa (Greek and English), published in 2014. In between the last two books, I published my first free-verse poetry book entitled Come-forth. In 2019 she was contributing author to the anthology Nicosia Beyond Barriers: Voices from a Divided City, published by Saqi Books, London