Pia Strømstad/Trond Bredesen: 10 DARING EXPEDITIONS

10 ville ekspedisjonar
Published by Samlaget 2018

Exciting non-fiction for children from 8 and up.
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.

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Pål Brekke: THE STORY ABOUT THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

Historien om Nordlyset
Published by Solarmax Consulting, 2018

Watching the northern lights or “aurora borealis” dancing overhead on a clear winter night is one of the most spectacular and awe-inspiring sights that the natural world can offer. They differ from all other light phenomena by exhibiting an amazing variety of colours, structures, and movements. For people who have caught a glimpse of the northern lights will the sight often leaves memories for a lifetime.

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Åsmund H. Eikenes: A SINGLE DROP. THE SPECTACULAR SCIENCE OF BODY FLUIDS

NATURAL SCIENCE/BIOLOGY

Sprut. Sanninga om kroppsvæskene dine
Published by Samlaget, 2018

Once you read this book, blood tests, kisses and glasses of milk will never be the same.
In A Single Drop, Åsmund H. Eikenes spurts out funny stories about blood, sweat and tears, and mixes them together with grand revelations about more than 50 vastly different bodily fluids.The latest research tells us that our inner juices are far more important than you might think. Tiny little snot droplets can stay airborne for a whopping ten minutes after a mighty sneeze, mucus from the cervix guides healthy sperm cells on their way to the egg, and young people’s blood may contain the secret recipe to eternal life.

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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.

Elisabeth Moseng: MR. JONES HAS A VISITOR

Herr Hansen får besøk
Published by Mangschou Forlag, 2017

Mr. Jones is a grump. He does not like people. He does not like animals. He does not even like children, come to think of it!

One day he suddenly discovers a non-expecting visitor in the garden. What should a grump do then? Mr. Jones has a visitor is a lively book about friendship and how life can be turned upside down by a giant elephant in his own garden. The story tells about little Alfred and the elephant called Gift, and how life might change for a grumpy old man.

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Elisabeth Melland Larsen and Nora Brech: THIPI AND THE MYSTERIOUS PARTY

Thipi og den hemmelege festen
Published by Mangschou, 2018

Surprises abound at the hospital!

Thipi is ten years old and fed up of being a patient in this huge hospital. One day, from the windowsill of her room, she spots a tiny little woman standing outside the entrance of the hospital, with a bright green hat, a big red nose and a rolling suitcase. The woman gets out a mysterious map and waves up at Thipi. How bizarre!

Not long afterwards, the lift is full with popcorn, the stairs are covered in bird poo and Thipi begins to hear voices coming from the walls in her room. Then, she and the other children from the hospital school receive a postcard with an exciting invitation.

What is going on in the hospital? Who exactly are the people who sent these postcard? Who are Florita, Birdie, Mr. Maxi and Petal? Thipi and the Secret Party is a warm, laugh-out-loud story about friendship, courage, popcorn and lots and lots of big round bubbles.

Elisabeth Helland Larsen (b. 1973) is a theatre graduate from France, where she found work at a circus that kept camels and tigers. She has worked as a clown for hospitalized children for more than 25 years. Later she founded the organization, Sykehusklovenene (The hospital clowns), whose members dress up as circus clowns to entertain and amaze the children. This book might be one of the more fanciful explanations of how they made their way into our health institutions.

Nora Brech (b. 1988) is an illustrator and author, and has collaborated on several illustrated books.

Lars Mæhle / Lars Rudebjer: THE DINOSAUR BUNCH series

DINOSAURGJENGEN
Published by Kagge Forlag, 2019

Get to know all about dinosaurs big and small in THE DINOSAUR BUNCH. Rasmus Rex is a slightly anxious six year-old who lives together with his family in the big boggy forest. Rasmus is always being reluctantly dragged along on adventures by his best friend, Trym Troodon. Trym is six years old too, but nothing frightens him. And then there’s Grandma Rex. She isn’t nearly as sweet and elderly as she looks. Sometimes she can be downright deadly!

THE DINOSAUR BUNCH (1) THE EGG 

Early one morning, Rasmus Rex rudely awoken by his friend, Trym Troodon. Trym has big news: His mum’s egg is about to hatch! Rasmus and Trym decide to take a shortcut through the boggy forest to get there in time. But is this very wise? On the way they meet some fairly fearsome dinosaurs. And when they come out the other side, a surprise is waiting for them…

THE DINOSAUR BUNCH (2) THE SWIMMING COMPETITION

Rasmus Rex is visiting the beach with his family and his best friend, Trym. Rasmus isn’t such a good swimmer, so when his big brother Robin challenges Rasmus and Trym to a swimming competition, it can’t possibly go well. All these rumours about a sea monster in the water don’t help either. It turns out to be an exciting competition, with plenty of Dino-surprises the whole way through.

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Bår Stenvik: THE INFORMATION

Informasjonen                                                                                                           Published by Tiden Norsk Forlag, 2018

Sven left Nora. Or did Nora leave Sven? Something went wrong between them  –but what? Sven should know. He’s an expert in interpersonal communications for the company Human Content, analyzing and counseling people on body language, coaching professionals. His relationship rupture coincides with a mysterious new project, where Sven is tasked with teaching emotional expression to the artificial intelligence SAM, an experimental digital coach. As Sven’s knowledge is transferred to SAM, man and machine grow closer. But how reliable are his assessments? Why does he experience blackouts? What does the company actually want from him? And what happened to Nora?

The Information is a love story involving a woman, a man, and a computer program. A fable about trying to become a better version of oneself. And a suspenseful tale about being human in the information age. The film rights for The Information have been acquired by Bulldozer Film. The critics wrote:

“Bår Stenvik’s successful science fiction-thriller bears tidings of a new and fruitful direction in the art of the Norwegian novel. ”                                                                     Morgenbladet   

“It is impossible not to delight in this novel’s bold moves. The action is exciting, the ideas are smart, and the plot intricate.                                                                           Dagbladet

Bår Stenvik (b. 1976) is a journalist. He has studied English, literature, and musicology, graduating with a M.A. in Liberal Studies from New School for Social Research in New York. “ In 2011 Stenvik published Dirt (Skitt) – a journey in dirt and bad smells, through historical and cultural examples. Dirt was awarded with The Booksellers’ Non-Fiction Prize 2012. He wrote Bluff (Bløff) in 2014 about our yearn for realness and authenticity, and how we cheat in advertising, politics and identity struggles, etc. Translation rights for Bluff  were sold to Germany, Russia.   The Information is Stenvik’s first novel.