Pia Strømstad/Trond Bredesen: 10 DARING EXPEDITIONS

10 ville ekspedisjonar

Published by Samlaget 2018

Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon. Ellen MacArthur sailed across stormy, rocky seas the whole world over – all by herself. And no-one has ever been as far beneath the ocean as James Cameron.

Throughout 10  Daring Expeditions, we learn about all three of them, as well as seven other great explorers. What drives a person to travel to where no man has ever been before? What makes them climb higher, dive deeper, and blaze a trail into a world that is often cold, wet and dangerous, without ever knowing whether they will make it back? In 10 Daring Expeditions, we find out about the last century of pioneers who have dared to pit themselves against the forces of nature, and to confront the unknown. Usually we only hear about expeditions that are successful – ones where the explorers reach their goal, or set the record that they hoped for. Yet there are countless adventurers who never make it. Fridtjof Nansen didn’t reach the North Pole how he had planned, and others never came back.

10  Daring Expeditions is an entertaining, educational depiction of the fundamental human desire to test boundaries and search for answers. These are stories that will challenge young readers and provide them with great role models.

Translation rights sold to: Czech, Finland and Slovakia.

The next book in the series, 10 Incredible Discoveries, is scheduled for publication in 2019.

Pia Strømstad (b. 1963) is a journalist and has in the past written a number of fact-books for children, on subjects that include ghosts,  father Christmas and oil. In 2011, her book Oil was nominated for the Norwegian Ministry of Culture ’s prize for children and young people’s literature for best non-fiction work. Her latest book, published in 2017, is entitled Do. Ei stinkande reise gjennom bæsjens historie (Bog. A Smelly Journey through the History of Poo), illustrated by Flu Hartberg.

Trond Bredesen (b. 1956) has worked with illustrations for advertising, packaging, newspapers and books.  He has received several prizes for his work.

Exciting non-fiction for children from 8 and up.

Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon. Ellen MacArthur sailed across stormy, rocky seas the whole world over – all by herself. And no-one has ever been as far beneath the ocean as James Cameron.

Throughout 10 Crazy Expeditions, we learn about all three of them, as well as seven other great explorers. What drives a person to travel to where no man has ever been before? What makes them climb higher, dive deeper, and blaze a trail into a world that is often cold, wet and dangerous, without ever knowing whether they will make it back? In 10 Crazy Expeditions, we find out about the last century of pioneers who have dared to pit themselves against the forces of nature, and to confront the unknown. Usually we only hear about expeditions that are successful – ones where the explorers reach their goal, or set the record that they hoped for. Yet there are countless adventurers who never make it. Fridtjof Nansen didn’t reach the North Pole how he had planned, and others never came back.

10 Crazy Expeditions is an entertaining, educational depiction of the fundamental human desire to test boundaries and search for answers. These are stories that will challenge young readers and provide them with great role models.

The next book in the series, 10 Incredible Discoveries, is scheduled for publication in 2019.

Pia Strømstad (b. 1963) is a journalist and has in the past written a number of fact-books for children, on subjects that include ghosts,  father Christmas and oil. In 2011, her book Oil was nominated for the Norwegian Ministry of Culture ’s prize for children and young people’s literature for best non-fiction work. Her latest book, published in 2017, is entitled Do. Ei stinkande reise gjennom bæsjens historie (Bog. A Smelly Journey through the History of Poo), illustrated by Flu Hartberg.

Trond Bredesen (b. 1956) has worked in design, PR and advertising, and also works as an illustrator for newspapers and books. He has received several prizes for his work.

Anne Hege Simonsen: LOVE AND DARKNESS. THE BIOGRAPHY OF MARIE HAMSUN

Kjærlighet og mørke.

Biografien om Marie Hamsun                                                            

Published by Res Publica Forlag, 2018

Love and Darkness tells the rich, gripping tale of powerful emotions inside a demanding marriage. How could Marie Andersen, a beautiful actress, fall head over heels for the jealous and manipulative author, Knut Hamsun, who was so many years older? In Anne Hege Simonsen’s biography, Marie Hamsun emerges from her husband’s shadow as an independent person and a respected writer with her own career. Previously unpublished materials and unseen letters from Marie expose not only the couple’s passionate love for one another, but also how the inter-war period and national socialism shaped Marie’s own ideology. Even after paying her war settlement and serving a prison sentence, Marie was still convinced of her anti-Semitic beliefs. She supported her husband to her last breath, and after the war had ended, she put all of her energy into restoring his authorship.

The period Marie lived in Nordland became the happiest years of her life, so she felt Knut’s decision to relocate her and her family to their Nørholm estate was a grave betrayal. Simonsen’s biography begins in Elverum where Anne Marie Andersen was born in 1881, and ends with her death in 1969, at the family’s Nørholm estate in Grimstad.

This is the first complete biography of Marie Hamsun and will also help shed new light on her famous husband and their turbulent marriage.

360 pages. Illustrated with around 40 photographs. To be published in October 2018.

Anne Hege Simonsen (b. 1965) is a senior lecturer at the Institute of Journalism and Media Studies, at Oslo Metropolitan University. She was awarded her PhD in 2015 from the University of Bergen, with a thesis on the news photography of the 2011 terrorist attacks by Anders Breivik. She has worked as a journalist, a researcher, an editor of the Norwegian weekly paper, Ny Tid (1998-2000), and a non-fiction writer.

Anne Hege Simonsen

Ayse Koca: YOKO ONUR’S DOUBLE LIFE

Yoko Onurs dobbeltliv

Published by Omnipax, 2018

Fresh, funny and vibrant sequel about Yoko at 13

 

Soon it will be the LAST EVER day of Yoko Onur’s school year. Then it will be her FIRST EVER summer holiday with her new dad, Adam. Her REAL dad, the one who suddenly popped out of nowhere when Yoko and her best friend Karla started a REVOLUTION to get Yoko’s hopeless mother back into shape. But first of all, before anything else, Yoko has to spend a whole weekend – longer than she has ever done before – with Adam and his boyfriend Arman. Thankfully, Karla is coming along too. But the weekend doesn’t quite go according to plan.

 

A stand-alone sequel to 2014’s Yoko Onur – et balleliv (Yoko Onur – A Ballsy Life), which was nominated for the coveted Brage Prize, as well as the Norwegian Culture Ministry’s debutant “bokslukerprisen”, a national children’s literature award selected by children. Readers discover what it feels like to have two homes, two cultures and maybe – just maybe – to fall in love!

 

The reviewers appreciated the story:  “The greatest strength of the book is its linguistic humour, its sparkle and energy. You want to describe the situations and read the wording and dialogue out loud.”                           Aftenposten                                                                                                                                                     “Ayse Koca touchs upon the themes of adult irresponsibility and the loneliness experienced by children in this debut book.”   Dagbladet

 

Ayse Koca (b. 1975) has worked as a journalist  and teacher. She has attended the Norwegian Institute for Children’s Book’s author training course.

Ayse Koca (photo: Pia Sønstrød)
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Lars Mæhle: ANDROMEDA

 

Lars Mæhle

Andromeda

Published by Samlaget, 2018

YOUNG ADULT NOVEL

Almost 2 metres tall, 16 year-old Simon looks like strength personified. His violent persona leads the police to arrest him and then, with the aid of social services, forcibly relocate him to yet another foster home. This time he is sent from Oslo to a little valley in Western Norway. He is determined to rebel against his foster parents, keep everyone at a distance and dominate the three bullies in his new class. He reckons it’s going to be easy as pie to set himself up here, but things don’t quite go to plan.

Andromeda is a young adult novel brimming with pace, tension and drama. It tells a story of young people who all, in some way, feel sidelined and othered. They are confused outcasts in the world, putting on masks and trying to present different, tougher versions of who they truly are. It is a tale of loyalty and betrayal, pecking orders and mind-games, of finding small things inside the big and big things inside the small – a tale of butterflies and the universe.

Lars Mæhle (b. 1971) has written a number of books for children and young adults and fiction, among them the children’s novel Tunisia’s Keeper (Keeperen til Tunisia), 2004. In 2011 the film “The Liverpool Goalie”- based on Mæhle’s novel  received the Crystal Bear  in Berlin  2011.  This title was sold to Germany. In 2009 he wrote the awarded fantasy novel  The Country beneath the Ice / Landet under isen. His first short story collection, Korea. Stories about love / Korea. Noveller om kjærleik (2011) was received very well. Mæhle’s crimes novels for adults, The Dark Gate /Den mørke porten, 2013, was sold to Germany, Italy. The second book was Linné’s grim lesson / Linnés dystre lærdom, 2014, sold to Germany.

Lars Mæhle          Lars Mæhle

Terje Tvedt: THE NILE. THE RIVER OF HISTORY

 Nilen. Historiens elv                                                                       

  Published by Aschehoug, 2012

The Nile offers a rich account of a long and fascinating history.  Professor Terje Tvedt’s new book is the most comprehensive book about the Nile ever written. The author travels upstream along the river’s mouth to its sources. The result is a travelogue through 5000 years and 11 countries, from the Mediterranean to Central Africa. This is the fascinating story of the immense economic, political and mythical significance of the river. Brimming with accounts of central characters in the struggle for the Nile – from Caesar and Cleopatra to Churchill and Mussolini and on to the political leaders of today. The Nile is a book with wide appeal, on a region of great interest. This is a work with potential to become a classic.

The Nile has been enthusiastically received by critics: “Tvedt has long ago established himself as an unrivalled communicator, both in text and television series. Water is his passion, and the book about the Nile is simply a fabulous journey on a beautiful river, with history, politics and culture.”                                                                                                                  VG  

“A 6,800 kilometer long cultural-historical and hydrological journey from the coast of the Mediterranean to the heart of Africa, led by the ‘water professor’ par excellence, Terje Tvedt. […] An exciting and educational book for our time.”                                                       Dagbladet

“It is hazardous to proclaim a newly published work as a classic, but The Nile – The River of History has definitely the potential to become one. It is a magnificent work.”        Klassekampen

The book is illustrated. 454 pages. Translation rights for The Nile are sold to UK and Russia.

Terje Tvedt (b. 1951) is professor at the Department of Geography, University of Bergen, and professor in Global History at the University of Oslo. Tvedt is the author of a wide range of books and articles, has written/co-directed a number of award-winningTV-documentaries and been the leader of a number of national and international research networks and research projects. His main research fields include the role of water in history and development, development theories and the international aid system. One of his main works is the 9-volume series A History of Water (London/New York: IB Tauris). He has also written A Journey in the Future of Water/En reise i vannets fremtid 2007/2011. Translations rights sold to UK, China, Ukraine, Egypt, Denmark, Hungary, Malayalam (India), Germany.

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Pia Strømstad and Trond Bredesen: 10 DARING EXPEDITIONS

 

10 ville ekspedisjonar                                                                                      

 Published by Samlaget, 2018

 

Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon. Ellen MacArthur sailed across stormy, rocky seas the whole world over – all by herself. And no-one has ever been as far beneath the ocean as James Cameron.

 

Throughout 10  Daring Expeditions, we learn about all three of them, as well as seven other great explorers. What drives a person to travel to where no man has ever been before? What makes them climb higher, dive deeper, and blaze a trail into a world that is often cold, wet and dangerous, without ever knowing whether they will make it back? In 10  Daring Expeditions, we find out about the last century of pioneers who have dared to pit themselves against the forces of nature, and to confront the unknown. Usually we only hear about expeditions that are successful – ones where the explorers reach their goal, or set the record that they hoped for. Yet there are countless adventurers who never make it. Fridtjof Nansen didn’t reach the North Pole how he had planned, and others never came back.

10  Daring Expeditions is an entertaining, educational depiction of the fundamental human desire to test boundaries and search for answers. These are stories that will challenge young readers and provide them with great role models.

The next book in the series, 10 Incredible Discoveries, is scheduled for publication in 2019.

Pia Strømstad (b. 1963) is a journalist and has in the past written a number of fact-books for children, on subjects that include ghosts,  father Christmas and oil. In 2011, her book Oil was nominated for the Norwegian Ministry of Culture ’s prize for children and young people’s literature for best non-fiction work. Her latest book, published in 2017, is entitled Do. Ei stinkande reise gjennom bæsjens historie (Bog. A Smelly Journey through the History of Poo), illustrated by Flu Hartberg.

Trond Bredesen (b. 1956) has worked in design, PR and advertising, and also works as an illustrator for newspapers and books. He has received several prizes for his work.

 

Nancy Øvrehus and Anna Fiske: RANDI LIVES IN A SUITCASE

Randi bur i en koffert

Published by Samlaget, 2018

EASY READ

Can people live in suitcases?

Have you ever heard about someone living in a suitcase? When Randi hears that her aunt lives in a suitcase, she also feels like trying it. But it doesn’t turn out quite how she had expected…

Randi lives in a suitcase in a section of Samlaget Publishing House’s “Reading World”, a world for children who are learning to read. These are great stories with simple text and charming illustrations, made to stimulate and inspire new readers.

This book is perfect for children who have begun reading on their own and can read larger font sizes (15-20 words per page).

Nancy Øvre (b. 1977) is a qualified teacher and linguist. Anna Fiske (b. 1964) is an illustrator, author and cartoonist. She has won a long line of prizes for her work.

 

Liv Oddrun Larsen and Henning Lystad: THE HEART WAR

Hjartekrigen

Published by Samlaget, 2018

EASY READ

                                               

One boy. Two girls. This is what wars are made of. The Heart Wars.

“Is it true?”

“Is what true?”

“That you and Jakob are going out? That he asked you out?”

Vilde doesn’t respond.

Hege gets a look in her eyes that doesn’t seem nice.

The teasing look. The dreaded teasing took.

 

The Heart Wars is suitable for children who are just starting to read, but find it challenging to read for longer periods.

Liv Oddrun Larsen (b. 1969) is an author, a librarian and a bookworm. Henning Lystad (b. 1972) is an illustrator and a graphic designer.

 

Bente Bratlund and Rui Tenreiro: WHERE’S SCRUFF ?

 

Kvar er Lurven?                                                                                                           Published by Samlaget, 2018

EASY READ

The story of a missing dog                                                                     Scruff the dog is Tore’s best friend ever. But one day when Tore comes home from drama, Scruff has vanished – without a trace! Tore searches everywhere with his mum and dad, but as night falls, Scruff is still nowhere to be found. Where could Scruff be?

Where’s Scruff? Is perfect for children just starting to read, but find it challenging to read for longer periods.

Bente Bratlund (b. 1952) is a qualified teacher, but ever since 1992 has worked as an author full-time. She has written a long line of engaging and entertaining books for adults and children of all ages. Many of her books have been translated to Faroese, Danish and Swedish. – see above.  Rui Tenreiro (b. 1979) is a cartoonist and illustrator.

Gyrid Axe Øvsteng and Per Ragnar Møkleby: DARK

Mørkt

Published by Samlaget, 2018

An original work about being scared of the dark

Sonny is scared about disappearing in the dark. Which is why he always tries to stay awake for as long as he can. But tonight, there are noises coming from the shadows. The sounds creep closer and closer, and suddenly Sonny finds himself in the middle of a pitch-black tornado. But in the darkness, he is introduced to Natalia.  At the same time he is also introduced to courage.

Once again, the prize-winning pair, Gyrid Axe Øvsteng and Per Ragnar Møkleby, have put together a bombastic storyline, based on touching themes. In Dark, the duo tackle fear in an utterly original way. After all, what do you do when the worst possible thing that could happen, actually happens? Follow Sonny into the darkness to find out. Complete English translation is available.

Gyrid Axe Øvsteng (b. 1974) is an author and dramatist. She had her fiction debut in 2009 with her picture book Finn! She also holds qualifications in both theatre and Nordic studies.

Pre Ragnar Møkleby (b. 1974) is an illustrator and a graphic artist. Møkleby has made several books together with Øvsteng. For their 2013 work, Førstemamma på Mars (First Mummy on Mars), they shared the Norwegian  Ministry of Culture’s Best Book Prize as well as the Norwegian Critic’s prize for the best book for children and young people. Translation rights: Sold to China.