Sturla Bang / Hilde K. Kvalvaag: GOING UNDER. THE ANARCHIST SISTERS

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Sturla Bang / Hilde K. Kvalvaag
Under. Søsteranarkistene
Published by Samlaget, 2017

A fascinating tale from the future city state of Zeijang-Volvo.

The Anarchist Sisters is a sci-fi trilogy about power, courage, betrayal, friendship and how short-sighted people can be. In the first book we follow Ela and her childhood friend Skåne. We also meet the human smuggler Vida who helps people join the artificial intelligence and underground movement, Green Fields.

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Christian Wiik Gjerde: THE SEARCH FOR THE FOUR-LEAF CLOVER

FirkløverenJakta på firkløveren
Published by Samlaget, 2016

Charming and wild!

The summer holidays are here. Alvar and Jens swim with Goldie, search for four-leaf clovers, have club meetings in the tree house. In fact, they do all the fun things one can do on an island out at sea. And soon a new kid will be moving into the big old rambling house. Now they will be three – it ‘s got to be triple fun! But when the new boy arrives, Alvar understands that the summer is going to be quite different from what he had imagined. There is jealousy, quarrels and intrigues. Alvar must find the little hero in himself, and quick.

The Search for the Four-Leaf Clover is a warm and exiting story with everlasting good told story – in an innovative and fruitful language. A forthcoming classic!

Translation rights sold to Germany,  Russia.

Christian Wiik Gjerde (b. 1981) is an educator and has worked both as a teacher and presenter in NRK Super TV / NRK P1 Radio. He is now a producer for Rikskonsertene («The national concerts»).

Martine Grande: LOSER

ILLUSTRATED NOVEL

Marine Grande: Tapar/LoserMartine Grande
Tapar

Published by Samlaget, 2017

Is it possible for a loser to win?

Everyone knows that a sloth can’t move quickly. But you might want to take part in competitions all the same. Seth the Sloth is sick and tired of always coming last when racing against the tortoise, giraffe and fox. So he decides to practice. And he practises and practises and trains and trains. But Freddy the Fox is quick as quicksilver. And whoever comes last doesn’t get a medal, says Freddy. Can Seth win the race?

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Eldrid Johansen: PHARAOH’S CURSE

Eldrid Johansen: Faraos forbannelse/The Pharaoh's CurseEldrid Johansen
Faraos forbannelse
Published by Mangschou 2017

An exciting mystery from Egypt!

Mathilde and Susanne are ready to enjoy the sun as tourists by the swimming pool in Luxor. In Egypt pharaoh’s temples and hidden graves are waiting as well, and they want to discover the ruins where Mathilde’s mom died many years ago.

But even though the sun is shining, Mathilde’s anxiety grows. What do the mysterious signs from her nightmares mean? Why does she feel like someone’s watching them? And what secret was her mom about to uncover when she died?

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Linda Klakken: SILLY, SILLY HEART

Linda Klakken
Dumme, dumme  hjarte
Published by Samlaget, 2017

Twelve-year-old Clara is at the theatre with her ballet group the Swan Ensemble to see William Shakespeare’s famous classic Romeo and Juliet. With the play as a backdrop she gives rather well-meaning advice to both friends and family about what is needed to become happy: You either surrender completely to love or take a big swig of mouthwash and lie down and wait for the great, all-encompassing darkness. With much empathy and wonderment she tries to makes sense of what love is all about. Is it possible to be faithful to another person all your life, or is love just a big pile of shit?

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Ayse Koca: YOKO ONUR. MAKING OVER MUM

kocajacketYoko Onur – Et balleliv
Published by Omnipax, 2014

Yoko Onur and her best friend Kara have decided to take control over Yoko’s hopeless life. Since they feel that it is Yoko’s 200 % hopeless mother who is the cause of all her problems, they start a top secret project to:

  1. Find the dream man (for mum)
  2. Find the dream job (for mum)
  3. Make mum dig regular clothes
  4. Make mum dig regular food 5
  5. Find a cuddly puppy (for Yoko and mum)

But things don’t turn out exactly as the have planned. It was not their idea that mum should find a job at their own school! And the hunt for the dream man changes Yoko’s life in a way nobody could have foreseen…

This is first and foremost a refreshing and amusing tale of two ingenuous young girls who are in the midst of the transition from childhood to adolescence, and perhaps think that they know more about life than they actually do. With its colourful cast of characters, the majority of Islamic heritage, Koca also describes Islamic diversity with a liberating straightforwardness.

The novel was nominated to the prestigious Brage Prize 2015 and the Ministry of Culture’s First Book Award. 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.” –Morten Haugen, Aftenposten

“Ayse Koca touchs upon the themes of adult irresponsibility and the loneliness experienced by children in this debut book.” –Maya Troberg Djuve, Dagbladet

About the author

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. Koca is currently writing a new novel about Yoko Onur, to be published in 2017.

Lars Mæhle: CAT CHAOS

ILLUSTRATED NOVEL

Lars Mæhle
Kattekrøll
Published by Samlaget, 2017

Lars Mæhle: Kattekrøll/Cat ChaosMistaken moggies!

Ane is at her grandfather’s for the summer holidays. And she’s bored. One day, they see the neighbour out and about looking for his new cat, Leo, which has suddenly disappeared. The neighbour is about to go on holiday and is desperate because Leo hasn’t come home. Ane and her grandfather promise to look out for the ginger cat. Ane knows that it’s not always easy for a cat to find its way back to a new home. But she doesn’t know yet how much chaos saving a cat can cause – even when you’re only trying to help! There are plenty of surprises in this book.

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Erna Osland / Sigbjørn Lilleeng: DECIDE, TONY T., DECIDE

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Erna Osland / Sigbjørn Lilleeng
Bestem deg, Tony T., bestem deg
Published by Samlaget, 2017

An engaging story about escape and taking action.

It’s the summer holidays, and Tony is staying at his grandpa’s with his cousin, Silja. Every should be as normal, but nothing is. The police tell them that a young asylum seeker is missing and everyone presumes the boy has drowned. But what’s going on in Grandpa’s loft? And who is hiding what? Have Silja and Grandpa discovered something? For the first time, Tony has to decide for himself what is right and wrong, and he has to quite literally throw himself in at the deep end.

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MARIA PARR: THE GOALIE AND THE SEA

                                  PUBLISHED IN 2017

Maria Parr                                                                                                                                 The Goalie and the Sea/ Keeperen og havet

 

‘Who normally plays in goal?’

My jaw dropped. How could he possibly not know? Everybody in the area knew that Lena was the goalie in the boys’ team. She stepped into the circle wearing her goalkeeper’s gloves and looked up defiantly at the man in the black tracksuit.      ‘Me.’                                                                                                                                              ‘Is that it?’

The arrival of a new football coach means dark clouds are looming over twelve-year-old Lena Lid’s goalkeeping career. In the house next door, Trille is wondering how to impress the ladies. Meanwhile, as ever, Grandpa is out at sea, looking for the biggest catch of all time and trying not to worry about getting old.

Throughout the course of a year, Lena, Trille and Grandpa will have to battle the forces of nature, as well as themselves. The stage is set for strongly felt emotions and real drama in Mathildewick Cove, the small bundle of houses where they live by the sea. What are friends like Lena and Trille to do when all the rafts they make end up sinking, when every message in a bottle they send just washes up on the shore at home, and when nobody cares about what they can really do? They’re hardly ones to give up in a sticky situation, though, that’s for sure. Certainly not if Lena has anything to say about it!

The Goalie and the Sea is an intense and action-packed return to the quirky lives of the beautifully mismatched friends from Waffle Hearts.

Translation rights sold to: Belgium, Bulgaria,  Denmark,  England, Estonia,  France, Germany,  Iceland, Italy, Poland, Russia, Slovenia,  Sweden.

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«A Resounding reunion with the friends from Waffle Hearts

Strong feelings, great drama and a real way with words

This book is one that I feel like reading aloud, chapter by chapter, to everybody around me. It has an exciting plot, drama between the characters, and humour in almost every line.

After her two previous books – Waffle Hearts (Vaffelhjarte) in 2005 and Astrid the Unstoppable (Tonje Glimmerdal) in 2009 – Maria Parr (36) from Sunnmøre, on the west coast of Norway, was proclaimed the shining new talent in Norwegian children’s literature. Then nothing was heard for a while, and it is easy to imagine that ideas were tried and rejected amidst a fear of failure. So it is a real pleasure to report that Parr is back and is surpassing herself, offering us more of what we have grown to love, while at the same time expanding the world of the children she writes about.

Surpassing herself                                                                                                                 We are back in the small hamlet of Mathildewick Cove, a ferry journey away from a town that could be Ålesund.

Trille and Lena were nine years old in Waffle Hearts. Now they are twelve, Trille is still the first-person narrator, and we follow them through a year at school. Their world is larger, and the events that happen are more serious.

In one plot thread, we find out more about when Trille’s grandfather was a young man, and how he fell in love with Trille’s grandmother; in another, we see Lena’s new football coach giving her so few opportunities on the pitch that she decides to move to a team in town instead.

Friendship triangle                                                                                                               The new girl in the class, Brigitte from the Netherlands, also causes some commotion. Trille would like to be with her, but he is also ashamed of neglecting Lena and his grandfather. And he is really astonished that Brigitte can see any good in the class bully, Kai-Tommy.

Along the way, there is time for broken arms, fishing trips, secrets, airgun accidents, a school concert, and an Astrid Lindgren reference when Trille’s little sister is hoisted up the flagpole.

Birth, love, and the sea                                                                                                         If there is anything to pick holes in from this book, it might be the penchant for melodrama. The main characters are in mortal danger on the waves two or three times, and Trille’s baby sister is born during a heavy winter storm. Still, this is also probably the book’s greatest strength. The drama is well integrated and realistic, and the reader can feel the grave seriousness of the situations.

Lena emerges as an even more ambiguous character. At her worst, she is self-centered, short-tempered, and sulky. At her best, she has a heart of gold (XL size). It is easy to see how the calmer Trille can feel frustrated and confused.

Best in practically all aspects                                                                                             The Goalie and the Sea fulfils most criteria of literary criticism. The language is rich and varied. The composition, ensemble of characters, and dramatic structure work well. Parr dares to take all the corners at full speed with even more sincerity, more drama and, not least, even more fantastic new words and expressions. […]

I enjoyed most of all how Parr lets her characters and readers think, learn, and grow as a result of everything they go through. We see honest children struggling with big questions, and coming out of it all with greater self-awareness and greater respect for other people.

This book is full of wisdom, beauty and emotion, and it is quite likely that Maria Parr will see in the new year with several more literary prizes on her mantelpiece.»

(Reviewed by Morten Olsen Haugen, Aftenposten 13 August 2017)

«The sequel to Waffle Hearts: binge-reading!

The sequel to Waffle Hearts does not disappoint. Maria Parr’s writing is lively and humorous, creating a safe universe it feels good to inhabit. […] Your heart also beats more calmly and happily when you read Maria Parr’s books. …This novel uses language inventively and is filled with funny alliterations and playful comparisons. … Lena Lid and Trille deserve many readers and many books. Through her writing, Maria Parr conjures up wild and beautiful western Norwegian scenery and appealing characters we would like to follow in book after book. “

(Reviewed by Kristine Isaksen, VG)

“Speed and self-confidence                                                                                                 Maria Parr has proven again that she is in a class of her own as a children’s author. This charm bomb of a story will bring out laughter and tears in children and adults alike. … It is an exciting story, and the first time you read it, you will at times find yourself on the edge of your seat, hoping that everything will turn out well. Maria Parr is not afraid of writing about difficult topics, such as death: can it happen at any time? This grown-up reviewer shed several tears while reading – tears of sympathy and recognition – which were soon replaced by smiles and laughter.    …   Maybe it is here, more than anywhere, that Maria Parr’s magic lies: not in her use of language, even though that is terrifically good, or in the story, which is also unbearably exciting, but in all the layers she works into it, in the way she surveys the depths of what makes up life. Fun, excitement and humour, but also serious matters, insecurities and sorrow. Life and death. Maria Parr writes about children, but her books are really about all of us.

The Goalie and the Sea is a brilliant book for children, and is perfect for grown-ups too.”

(Reviewed by Gerd Elin Stava in Dagsavisen, 16 August 2017)

 

Maria Parr: WAFFLE HEART and TONJE GLIMMERDAL

VaffelhjarteVaffelhjarte
Published by Samlaget, 2005

One thing Trille knows for sure: that his great aunt makes the world’s best waffles. He is sure, too, that Knert-Mathilde is a wonderful place in which to live – and that his neighbour, Lena Lid, is his best friend. But he is anything but sure that he is her best friend. And when Lena asks him exactly why he wants a father, although he has one, Trille isn’t sure about that, either.

In this book we follow the escapades of two resourceful nine-year-olds through a whole tumultuous year. Trille and Lena know all too well how to create a rumpus and keep things humming. Moreover, there’s a grandfather living in the basement who is ever ready to join them in their pranks, so it’s not surprising that things often get a little out of hand in the small bay where they live. But in between all the frolicking and laughter Trille tells of the sadder and more sombre aspects of his nine-year-old life, and of his fear of losing those he loves. A charming and humorous début work. Nominated to The Brage Prize (The Norwegian Publishers’ Association Prize, 2005).

Translations:
Waffle Heart (Vaffelhjarte), 2005. Rights sold to Russia, Sweden, France, Poland, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Serbia, Japan, China, Ukraine, Portugal, UK, USA, Czech, Iceland, South Korea, Sami language, Estonia, Bulgaria, Italy, India (Hindi), Slovenia, Georgia, Macedonia, Latvia, Spain.

From the reviews: « Adventures with Waffles. When readers meet nine-year-old Trille and his best friend Lena, Lena is barely hanging onto the rope they have strung between their houses’ second-floor windows, and Trille is frantically hauling his parents’ mattress down the stairs and out to the yard to save her. It’s a fitting introduction, since Lena races headlong into every crazy scheme they concoct, with Trille following close behind. Set in a tiny seaside community in Norway, the story contains other adventures, such as the duo’s amusing attempt to re-create Noah’s Ark with a rowboat and livestock. Although two events threaten to overwhelm Trille with a sense of loss, one ends well and, after the other, he finds comfort in family and friends. Trille’s accessible first- person narrative shares both his adventures and his feelings, which run the gamut from terror to grief to elation. Parr creates a strong sense of the characters as individuals, especially Lena, Trille, and Trille’s grandfather. For all its emotional resonance, the narrative is never soppy. In fact, humour plays a big part in this rewarding book. Published first in Norway and translated into 20 languages, this appealing chapter book has a distinctive setting, plenty of humour, and unusual emotional clarity. » Review by Carolyn Phelan  in BOOKLIST, May 2015.

Tonje GlimmerdalTONJE GLIMMERDAL, children’s novel, published by Samlaget, 2009

Tonje Glimmerdal is the only child in Glimmer Dale, and the pluckiest nine–year-old the valley has seen since her now grown-up aunties raised havoc on their skis on the mountainside. Speed and self-confidence is Toni’s motto as she hurtles down the slopes on her skis or her sled.

Toni’s best friend is called Gunnvald. He is a cranky old fiddler, over seventy years old. One day, while Gunnvald is at the hospital with a broken femur, a strange lady appears at the farm claiming to be Gunnvald’s daughter, and says she intends to sell the farm. Suddenly the world is not as Tonje thought it was and she realizes that she has to act fast, in order to prevent the farm from being sold to that sleazy Hagen. More…