Grant Awarded: 56,692 €
Within a carefully thought-out project named “Different is Okay – The Best of Urban Europe”, Urban Reads plans to translate, distribute, place and promote 10 European novels, short stories, illustrated novels and comics written in 8 languages, all of them dealing with specific subjects contemporary teens can relate to; the topics are meant to bring European diverse culture closer to Serbian adolescents, invoke critical thinking in Serbian youth and help them shape themselves as beings who are able to care about both other people and their surroundings.
Urban Reads is the only Serbian publisher engrossed in solely adolescent readers who seek both seriously treated topics and titles that are able to answer the questions they are unwilling or unready to discuss with their parents, peers and teachers. Every selected book deals with an issue that may show them how similar European adolescent problems are, and each topic can be recognized as crucial for forming a curious adolescent: Invisible deals with bullying, Je ger døden deals with death, Supergigante deals with family loss, Nothing deals with adolescent take on the meaning of life, Needlework deals with depression and abuse, Being Young deals with the best and worst things about being young, Being Me tells us the story of all the expectations society puts on girls, Piccolo Regno deals with coming of age problems in unstable political environment, Carmilla is a gothic classic that deals with forbidden homosexuality and desires, Elisabeth tells a story of a female friendship and late appreciation of life. Several of these novels are part of “The White Ravens” catalogue, the most important continued publication of the International Youth Library; one of the novels won Michael L. Printz Honor, an award dedicated to “best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit”, and all of them won local and regional prizes and recognitions both for their literary excellence and importance.