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FANTASY NOVEL | Tofu The Ghost

“You know, we are all made of stardust, Tofu. Humans, witches, ghosts… Each and every one of us carries the light of the stars within. It is a silvery, fleeting shimmer and wherever we go, whatever we do, it’s always with us. Some kids think they lose that light when they grow up, but we can never lose it even if we want to. When my dad left, my mom thought she had lost that light too, but all she had to do was to look inside her! Close your eyes tight and look inside, Tofu. Look at the galaxy in yourself. Do you see it shimmer?”


Tofu the Ghost is a novel about a friendship that draws its inspiration from funfairs of the past, Monet the artist, Casper the Friendly Ghost, and poems by Edgar Allan Poe. It has three protagonists: Tofu the Ghost, his best friend Chia the Witch, and the little gothic poet Maya who joins them later in the story. The novel tells the story of three friends, the precarious bonds they make, and their effort to carry on no matter what.

Tofu the Ghost is the first novel of the Tofu series in which we witness the friendship between the characters. In the second novel, Chia the Witch learns how to cast dark spells, gets stronger, and turns to the “dark side”. Tofu and Maya team up to bring her back, and once again friendship and kindness win. The author, Zeynep Alpaslan plans to write the next titles of the series.


  • written with a global perspective.

  • aimed at a wide age range.

  • inspiring and has an intellectual taste.

  • an open door to a colorful imaginary world for those who willing to enter.

  • a perfect balance between fantasy and the reality.

Author: Zeynep Alpaslan
Illustrator: Orhan Ata
Size: 13 x 19 cm
Age Range: 9+
Themes: Friendship, belonging, helping each other and carrying on.

Zeynep Alpaslan



She was born in Istanbul in 1983. After graduating from Istanbul Erkek High School, she graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University with a Cinema and Television degree. She has written stories, novels, poems, and cartoons for children and adults. Her first children’s novel Tokyo (2018) won the Kocaeli Higher Education Foundation Children’s Literature Award. She has published twenty-four books. She writes song lyrics for the indie-rock band Plüton Sakinleri. Their first album, Sen Uyurken is released in the fall of 2020. Zeynep lives in Istanbul with her cats Pogo and Yoko.

Orhan Ata



He was born and raised in a small village in Balıkesir. He started painting at a very early age. He graduated from Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts with a Graphic Design degree. He has worked as a designer and illustrator in Istanbul since then and recently focused on illustrating children’s books. He likes creating characters, abstract expressions, quoting from nature, and fine details. You can visit his portfolio by clicking here.

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