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Hi there! My name is Sonia and I am one of the youngest authors in Romania, with three books published at just 13 years old. My first book was published 3 years ago, back when I was 10 - on the 1st of June 2018 (for children’s day). A book which I started writing a decade ago if you can believe it when I was 3 (along with my mother), ended up being the key to unlocking the achievement of inspiring more than 1,500 aspiring authors in kindergartens, schools, and, more recently in universities.
My first book in English, The Rapping Astronaut, was published last year, during the pandemic to be honest! So I am very grateful to my publishing house for supporting me as I embarked on this journey! And, my latest release: Bucharest City Tour, a Trip with Sonia is a story about my hometown.
My latest release is actually Bucharest City Tour, a Trip with Sonia, but I’ll have to mention the one before, as they were almost printed in the same month! Read on!
The Rapping Astronaut is a story filled with entertainment, action and friendship. Follow Austro throughout his journey, from being kicked off his own planet to a place where he sings, has many friends and where he falls in love with the opportunity to make a change. This is a book for children aged 5-11 years and it was launched in April 2020.
Bucharest City Tour, a Trip with Sonia, is where you can follow the journey of three friends going on a school trip with a Bucharest City Tour Bus, discovering many monuments along the way, learning facts and figures about some of the wonderful landmarks Bucharest has to offer. This is a book for 5-11 year olds as well, and jf was launched in June 2020, right on the very first day.
Both books are available in Romania as the physical copy and on Emag.ro, the largest online retailer from our country. I am happy that Bucharest City Tour, a Trip is also available in one of the most beautiful bookshops in Romania, Carturesti Carusel. This place is also featured in my book being one of the landmarks in the city loved by families and book lovers.
And now for the international readers, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! The Rapping Astronaut is available on Amazon as an ebook, free with the Kindle Unlimited Subscription and the Audiobook is available on Audible, narrated by Shane G Casey.
Bucharest City Tour a Trip with Sonia is available as an ebook on Google Play Book
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/SoniaMartaAuthor
Facebook book page: https://www.facebook.com/TheRappingAstronaut
Instagram author page: https://www.instagram.com/sonia_marta_author/
Instagram book page: https://www.instagram.com/the_rapping_astronaut/
Spotify Storywise Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/6ZbofTpujdJO2wDT1VJ0UL?si=5nd4mL7QRrakYNpd791Kfw
“The Rapping Astronaut, written by 10-year-old Sonia Marta from Bucharest, produces a book well beyond her years. Sonia tells of a young boy who lives on a planet where no one can speak. The descriptive and humorous storyline keeps the reader engaged as the boy provides examples of those who live in his town. When an unexpected predicament occurs, he confronts difficulty and challenges. These challenges are cornerstones for a new life that brings him the very thing he needs.
A well-written story accompanied by appealing illustrations that keep young and older children intrigued. Once children read The Rapping Astronaut, they will feel inspired by Sonia’s work to write one of their own. I highly recommend this book to parents and teachers.”-School Psychologist
“The Rapping Astronaut, is a book that teaches children to be brave and express themselves! The young boy finds out that he can now do something that he could not do before. At first, he is scared to show what he can do and then he realizes it is now a part of who he is and he expresses himself. Once he shows what he can do, he gets into trouble and is sent to another place to live. It is there, that he meets a true friend, who is always there for him and discovers a special talent. That talent makes him famous. Kids will be encouraged to write their own book after they read Sonia Marta’s.
I also like to write and illustrate books. My mother, sister, and I have published three books so far.”-Child age 10