Children’s book, 2014

Pupa, a young and unique caterpillar is about to transform into a vibrant butterfly. She’s about to discover what it means to be able to fly and enjoy the world from above. Her adventurous nature takes her on a journey that makes her transformation even more meaningful. When she enters a circus in an unknown land, Pupa discovers the pleasures and importance of living life at its fullest, and savouring every moment of it.


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


Pupa was written on the basis of an adventure, in this case a fantasy which looks into the meaning of time, accomplishment and drive, using a character which depicts gender connotations through animal-like characters. Throughout the book, the author has attempted to sustain a visual image of the story which implores the backdrops of the story as well as the situations faced by the leading character.



Η Πούπα, μια νεαρή και μοναδική κάμπια πρόκειται να μεταμορφωθεί σε μια πεταλούδα. Σύντομα, θα ανακαλύψει τι σημαίνει να μπορείς να πετάξεις και να απολαύσεις τον κόσμο από ψηλά. Η περιπετειώδης φύση της την παίρνει σε ένα ταξίδι που κάνει την μετατροπή της ακόμα πιο ουσιαστική. Όταν καταλήγει σε ένα τσίρκο σε μια άγνωστη χώρα, η Πούπα ανακαλύπτει τις χαρές και τη σημασία του να ζεις τη ζωή, απολαμβάνοντας κάθε στιγμή της.

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

Η Πούπα γράφτηκε με βάση μια περιπέτεια, σε αυτή την περίπτωση μια φαντασίωση που εξετάζει την έννοια του χρόνου, την ολοκλήρωση και την διέγερση, χρησιμοποιώντας ένα χαρακτήρα που απεικονίζει τις διαφορές των δύο φύλων μέσα από τους χαρακτήρες ζώων. Σε όλο το βιβλίο, η συγγραφέας προσπαθεί να διατηρήσει μια οπτική εικόνα της ιστορίας που ζωντανεύει το σκηνικό και τις καταστάσεις που βιώνει η πρωταγωνίστρια.


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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