Flávia Lins e Silva

Brazil

© by te author

 

Flávia Lins e Silva was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1971. She studied journalism and has worked as a writer, scriptwriter and documentary filmmaker. She has published more than ten children’s and young adults’ books to date and won various awards. Her crossover novel Mururu no Amazonas has been included in the prestigious catalogue The White Ravens. Her children’s series Os detetives do prédio azul has been adapted for TV Globo and has become a huge success. Her successful Pilar series has already been sold in German, French, Chinese and Spanish language. In Brazil, Pilar Goes to the Amazon already sold 15,000 copies and Pilar Goes to Greece 25,000 copies.

 

 

Pilar is a lively ten-year-old girl with a wonderfully vivid imagination. She lives in Rio de Janeiro with her mother and her cat Samba. Together with her best friend Breno, Pilar likes to escape her everyday troubles – in her magic hammock, which takes her to exotic and strange places all over the world. Taking up contemporary issues seen through the eyes of a curious and ingenious girl, the beautifully written Pilar series will charm both young readers and adults alike.

 

In her latest adventure, Diário de Pilar na China (“Pilar goes to China”), Pilar, her friend Breno and the cat Samba meet a girl called Fang Fang and together they try to save her family and her city, which was flooded when the Black Dragon's fury stirred up the waters of the river. Along the way, Pilar also finds clues about the whereabouts of her father.

 

In her latest adventure Diário de Pilar em Machu Picchu (“Pilar Goes to Machu Picchu”), Pilar travels to the sacred site of the ancient Inca to save her cat Samba from being sacrificed to the sun god Inti. Along the way, Pilar makes the acquaintance of a lama and reunites a new friend with her long-lost parents.

 

 

In Diário de Pilar na Amazônia (“Pilar Goes to the Amazon”), Pilar, Breno and Samba travel to the Amazon region to look for Pilar’s father, who disappeared years ago. Together with their new Brazilian friends, Pilar helps protect the rain forest, meeting legendary creatures of the jungle and learning the rites of the feared Amazon women. In an enchantingly light way, Pilar addresses profound topics that any reader can identify with.

 

 

In Diário de Pilar no Egito (“Pilar Goes to Egypt”), Pilar uses her magic hammock to escape from some trouble at school to Ancient Egypt. There she and her friends meet the boy Tutankhamun, who has been buried alive by his enemies. Embarking on an adventure to get back his throne, they learn a lot about the land and its fascinating culture, for example how papyrus was discovered. And Pilar even learns to write in hieroglyphics so she can protect her diary from prying eyes. Taking an interest in topics like gender equality and alphabetisation, this unusual and loveable character carries us straight into the world of the Egyptian gods.

 

 

In Diário de Pilar na Grécia (“Pilar Goes to Greece”), Pilar’s Grandpa Pedro leaves for Greece. In his wardrobe, Pilar finds a note he left her, together with a magic hammock. When she and Samba climb into it, they suddenly find themselves on a beautiful beach. Together they embark on incredible adventures and delve deep into the myths and legends of Ancient Greece. Writing in simple and endearing language, Flávia Lins e Silva manages to look straight into children’s hearts. Joana Penna’s illustrations turn the book into a real diary and a true treasure trove for any adventurous girl or boy.

 

 

Lins e Silva’s book Caderno de viagens de Pilar (“Pilar’s Journey Notebook”) gives the reader the chance to create their own personal travel diary, writing and drawing and inventing along the way. With the help of Pilar, who is already a real expert in the field, everyone can get to know new cultures, learn new words and make new friends all over the globe. And become masters of the imagination.

 

Pilar has also a blog where she talks about her adventures: www.diariodepilar.wordpress.com

 

 

 

In her crossover novel Mururu no Amazonas (“Mururu on the Amazon"), a tiny boat is cruising down the Amazon. On board is the girl Dorinha, who knows all the river's secrets. Then she meets Piú, a boy who tastes of fruits, and water and earth come together. Piú joins her on her journey, but when he falls ill, only getting back to land can save him …

The rhythm of this enchanting story follows the movement of the water, telling about the magic of first love.

 

 

Rights:

 

Pilar series:

Diário de Pilar na China

(Ill. by Joana Penna)

Rio de Janeiro: Zahar 2017, 195 p.

Argentina/Mexico: Vergara & Riba (American rights)

 

Diário de Pilar na África

(Ill. by Joana Penna)

Rio de Janeiro: Zahar 2015, 192 p.

Argentina/Mexico: Vergara & Riba (American rights) France: Bayard Jeunesse 2017

 

Diário de Pilar em Machu Picchu

(Ill. by Joana Penna)

Rio de Janeiro: Zahar 2014, 168 p

English sample translation available

Argentina/Mexico: Vergara & Riba (American rights) France: Bayard Jeunesse 2017

 

Diário de Pilar no Egito

(Ill. by Joana Penna)

Rio de Janeiro: Zahar 2012, 162 p.

English sample translation available

Argentina/Mexico: Vergara & Riba (American rights) China: Guangxi Normal University Press France: Bayard Jeunesse Serbia: Carobna

 

 

Diário de Pilar na Amazônia

(Ill. by Joana Penna)

Rio de Janeiro: Zahar 2011, 148 p.

English sample translation available

Over 15,000 copies sold in Brazil!

Argentina/Mexico: Vergara & Riba (American rights) China: Guangxi Normal University Press France: Bayard Jeunesse 2016 Germany: S. Fischer 2013 Poland: Skrzat

 

Diário de Pilar na Grécia

(Ill. by Joana Penna)

Rio de Janeiro: Zahar 2010, 152 p.

English sample translation available

Over 25.000 copies sold in Brazil!

Argentina/Mexico: Vergara & Riba (American rights) 2014 China: Guangxi Normal University Press France: Bayard Jeunesse 2016 Germany: S. Fischer 2013 Poland: Skrzat

 

Caderno de Viagens da Pilar

(Ill. by Joana Penna)

Rio de Janeiro: Zahar 2010, 74 p.

China: Guangxi Normal University Press

 

 

Crossover:

Mururú no Amazonas

Rio de Janeiro: Manati 2010, 86 p.

Included in prestigious catalogue The White Ravens run by the International Youth Library

English sample translation available

German translation available

Serbia: Carobna

 

 

For young readers:

Os Detetives do Prédio Azul –Aventuras Culinárias

Rio de Janeiro: Zahar 2016, 116 p.

 

Os Detetives do Prédio Azul – Os Mistérios de Mila

Rio de Janeiro: Zahar 2014, 128 p.

 

Os Detetives do Prédio Azul –Primeiros Casos

Rio de Janeiro: Zahar 2013, 112 p.

Now a major TV-series in Brazil

 

 

Boca de dragão

Rio de Janeiro: Rovelle 2014, 32 p.

 

Nas Folhas do Chá. O segredo das cartas chinesas

(Together with Hong Liu)

Rio de Janeiro : Zahar 2012, 116 p.

 

Cosmos SomosProjeto Bem-Me-Quer

Indica 2009

 

Quero Vocês

Juiz de Fora: Franco Editora 2008, 16 p.

 

O Iglu

Rio de Janeiro: Zahar 2008, 28 p.

English translation available

 

Com Certeza, Muitas Dúvidas

Rio de Janeiro: Zahar 2004, 24 p.

 

Mudança às Vezes Cansa

Rio de Janeiro: Zahar 2003, 24 p.

 

Esse Negócio de Aceitar

Juiz de Fora: Franco Editora 2007, 16 p.

 

O Estranho Bicho Zim

Rio de Janeiro: Zahar 2002, 36 p.

 

 

Bebê Chorão Também tem Opinião

São Paulo: Global 2001, 23 p.