Author Okky Madasari ventures into new genre, launches children’s series

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Written by Liza Yosephine, and was originally published in Jakarta Post,
Nov 19, 2018

Indonesian author Okky Madasari has launched a children’s series with two new novels, titled Mata di Tanah Melus(Mata in the Melus Land) and Mata dan Rahasia Pulau Gapi(Mata and the Secrets of Gapi Island), marking her start in a different literary genre.

The series tells the story of a 12-year-old girl named Matara, or Mata for short, as she goes on adventures around Indonesia. After the birth of her own daughter, the award-winning author was inspired to write books for children to discover more about Indonesia, beyond the capital city of Jakarta and other popular regions. Mata’s journey begins in the eastern region of the archipelago, delving into its distinctive local cultures and uncovering its roots.

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