Books

Kristina Baluchova has written nine books so far. The first three titles were dedicated to an adult audience. In the framework of the work in Pluto NGO and later during the preparation for the motherhood, the author began to focus more on children readers. The last five children’s books have already been published under the brand Plutosop and the series “Captain Parachute / Kapitan Padak” was created.

Captain Parachute pt. 2 – Kapitán Padák & Pašerácka spojka (2017)

During the autumn holidays, the main hero, a sympathetic pilot of Boeing 737: Cpt Daniel Padak meets with young Slovak-Australian pilot Milan and his mother – veterinarian Matilda. One day, however, the book hero becomes involuntarily part of a smug link! In the cargo of his aircraft rare falcons appear to be transported illegally from Europe to the United Arab Emirates... Is it possible that Captain Padak and his old friend Peter Kufor have something to do with this illegal activity? Young readers will become witnesses to the courageous underworld plan of Daniel's brave niece Ivanka who is ready to clear up uncle's story and at the same time to bring down the criminals (rare birds' smugglers).

Captain Parachute pt. 1 – Kapitán Padák & Straty a nálezy (2016)

In the first volume of the Kapitan Padak (Captain Parachute) series, Cpt Daniel Padak will show you the secrets of Boeing 737 and he will also bring you into the waters of the Pacific ocean. Daniel Padak, his sister Eva with a funny nickname, his old friend and traveller Peter Kufor, as well as a curious niece Ivanka – these are the heroes of the story that allows readers to move across different latitudes, widths and flight levels, while recognizing new habits and other cultures at the other side of the world. In this story you can acknowledge the power of friendship, but you will also have to solve the mystery of an international date line.

Buddies from a ripped cardigan (2015)

This book covers the stories of buddies made from the ripped cardigan strings in educational way. The poems in the book are illustrated by pictures of Ondrej Sova, who turned the garbage into an exhibition area. The book offers an interesting food for thought – why toys, clothes, pets or even people have to end up at the edge of society's interest too soon. By purchasing this book people directly support the activities of Pluto NGO.

Ako kaluže (2014)

This is Kristina's third book, but the first poetry collection, published by Limerick publishing house. It contains twenty-two poems that cover one day in the author's life. The book is illustrated with beautiful photographs from Kristina's friend and photographer Roman Ferstl.

Let 365 (2013)

The second book brings the story from the aviation environment again. It covers the thoughts and feelings of experienced pilot Pavol from a perspective of a passenger. During the flight from Dubai to Lagos he observes the passengers' details that he has not so intensively seen before. It's a sensual drama full of melancholy and memories on childhood, youth times and first love experience under the High Tatras.

Lietam v tom tiež (2011)

This debut is a nostalgic novel, mapping the story of a flight attendant who used to work for no-more-existing Sky Europe Airlines. In each chapter the main heroine Kristina has to face a serious decision making together with her co-workers. Despite the fact that the work of flight attendant or the study of psychology is on a dream-list of many girls – it's not as easy as it seems at first glance. The book is a quick-read with plenty of sad moments (airline crash, close man's adulthood, firnd's father's illness, internal crisis), where we can find parallels with real life events near us.
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Captain Parachute pt. 3 – Kapitán Padák & Lietajúce auto (2018)

This time the main character (Captain Parachute – Daniel Padak) will visit Slovak city: Košice and also African country: Kenya with his Boeing 737. A flying car, called "aeroaute" (made in Slovakia) will grab the attention of two flight attendants – twins: Amelia and Emilia. The first one can remind us the well-known pilot: Amelia Earhart, who flew across the Atlantic as the first woman. Emilia is studying medicine and wants to travel to East Africa to treat sick people in need there. A flying car is also heading to Kenya to help with the delivery of medicines across the country. However, the situation will become a bit complicated when Cpt Parachute is contacted by a former friend with a secret information: a cunning group of thieves wants to steal medical drugs!

Captain Parachute pt. 4 – Kapitán Padák & Záchrana lesov (2019)

In the fourth sequel to Captain Parachute's well-known adventure series, the clever niece of Cpt Parachute – Ivanka tries to follow her uncle's destiny. She is so eager to become a pilot that at the age of thirteen she will enroll in a course of flying on the glider. Once again, the main characters of the story will show a sense of justice, activism and nature protection. Their journey will be complicated by the news of the illegal cutting of rare trees in the Tatra National Park. To catch the thieves is not easy, but drones and new book characters will help Mr Daniel Padák and his family members to disclose illegal wood trade. The Cpt Parachute's story about saving Slovak forests is complemented by an aviator dictionary and an aviation alphabet.

Od Tatier k Dubaju (2020)

The psychological novel with a detective plot takes the reader (following a journey of main character: Eva) to the United Arab Emirates, where we can see and go deeper into the soul of Dubai residents and the heroine herself. Through a complicated relationship with her partner, Eva returns to unpleasant memories of her father and her homeland. However, the sudden and mysterious death of the love of her life reveals to the psychiatrist the other side of his personality. The sunny days spent in the oasis in the desert gradually turn into a nightmare...
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About the Author

Kristina was born on the 5th of April 1983 in Kežmarok, Slovakia. She studied high school with specialization on foreign languages under the High Tatras. Later she graduated from the University of Ss Cyril and Methodius (Faculty of Arts), her major was psychology. She moved to Bratislava, completed the cognitive-behavioural psychotherapeutic training, attended several courses in HR management. She was a part of charity projects in Kenya and Bangladesh. She also joined a short Buddhism course in Nepal. During her university studies she used to work five years as a cabin crew. After graduation ceremony she moved into HR business as a psychologist, then she started to focus on social inclusion. Kristina is a founder and CEO of Slovak NGO, called P(L)UTO www.ozpluto.sk that focuses on social inclusion in innovative way. In 2014 she moved with her partner to United Arab Emirates, got married and her first daughter was born there. Besides writing, reading and motivating others to read she likes to practice a yoga. She loves traveling and flying (her grandfather, uncle and also husband were pilots). Her books cover the stories related to aviation field. Kristina lives in Bratislava, Slovakia now – trying to enjoy maternity "leave" by writing poems and tales for children (testing them on her daughters: Vilma and Jasmina).

About Pluto

Slovak NGO Pluto was founded in 2011. Main focus was on social inclusion of people with disabilities and special needs. Kristina Baluchova as a founder and CEO of Pluto NGO was able to network more than twenty Slovak sheltered workshops and social centers in order to interconnect charity and design/fashion in innovative way. Clients from these centers produced original hand-made products as a part of art therapy and Pluto members tried to promote, as well as sell them to public in little charity shop, called Plutoshop in Bratislava city center. For five years Pluto NGO (www.ozpluto.sk) supported the creative productivity of people with special needs and promoted the vision of social inclusion in Slovakia. Since 2017 the organization has been in a hibernation phase right now because of maternity duties of almost all founding members.