Name: Al Salwa Publishersدار السلوى ناشرونShort bio:“Al Salwa Publishers” is an award-winning independent publishing house dedicated to publishing original Arabic children and young adult books. We publish books for various authors in the Arab world and for ages ranging from newborns to young adults.Instagram: Al Salwa Publishers (@alsalwa_books) • Instagram photos and videosThe story:ست الكلSitt el Kol / Against the Tide:Short listed for the Itisalat Award and for the Shakh Zaid award. Translated to Italian and Turkish.SynopsisAfter the tragic death of Yusra’s older brother, and an unfortunate accident that renders her fisherman father paralyzed and in a wheelchair, it is up 15-year-old Yusra to step forward and help provide for her small family. She repairs her father’s fishing boat and takes it out to sea, becoming Gaza’s first fisher woman at the age of 15. Inspired by a true story, this novel will warm the hearts of its’ readers and shine a light of hope in them.The story is recommended as a supplementary reader in schools as it addresses a number of topics of interest to teenagers; overcoming hardship, taking responsibility of your life, courage, friendship and what it means to be a teenager in a war torn place like Gaza, where people have been under total blockade for years now.This story was inspired by the true story of a young Gazan girl called Madleen Kolab who became Gaza’s first fisher woman at the age of 14 .Other than that all the characters and plot are fictional. All persons mentioned in the story and unfolding details in the story are fictional.The illustrator:Gulnar Hajo is an award winning illustrator. She was born in Damascus in 1977, and is a graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts at Damascus University in 1998 Gulnar started working as a writer and illustrator of children's books in 2004 and has published more than twenty books since then. Her title “My Ego and I” won the Al Sharjah best children book award for children aged 6-8, and in 2009 her book “When I am Mad, When I am Sad” won her the Anna Lindh Foundation award in Damascus. She continues to participate in workshops for illustration in different parts of the world. The black and white ink drawings she illustrated for “Sitt el Kol” are full of meaningful symbols which capture the spirit of the book beautifully and add an extra dimension to the story.Taghreed Najjar, is a 2019 nominee for the Astrid Lindgren award and a several-time winner and short listee of the Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature. Her most recent award, YA book of the year (2019) was for her title Whose Doll is This?With a portfolio spanning 4 decades, Taghreed – a multifaceted author - writes picture books, middle grade and young adult books. Her picture books have become classics that are read and enjoyed by generations. While her YA novels have found great success in addressing difficult subjects reflecting political and cultural realities in the region.Several of Najjar’s books have been recommended by The White Ravens and several have been translated to languages including English, Italian, Swedish, Danish, French and Turkish.