Rune Belsvik: THE BIRD BOY

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Fugleguten
Published by Samlaget, 2019

A heart-wrenching, but hope-filled tale about finding your place in the world
Lukas thinks that Mummy loves his older sister Alma more than him. And when Lukas doesn’t behave himself, poor Daddy has to tell him off. Naughty little Lukas. Something is always wrong with Lukas.
His best friend Nico isn’t always very well-behaved either. Then one day Lukas meets a boy with a pet that’s one-of-a-kind. A black crow. What is it about this boy? And what would happen if Lukas got a bird as well? Could it change everything?

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Laura Djupvik/Camilla Kuhn: THE GIRL IN THE CHEST

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Jenta i kista
Published by Samlaget, 2019
EASY READER

An exciting thriller for children who can read by themselves
In a huge, ancient house, there is a chest.
Nobody knows what’s inside.
A 100 years ago a happy family used to live in the house.
But now, nobody wants to.
All the rooms are empty.
Except the attic, where there is a chest.
But then, one day, the box is opened.

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Christian Wiik Gjerde: CHRISTMAS AT THE ELF HOTEL

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Jul på Bukken Hotell
Published by Samlaget, 2019

A thrilling book about Advent in 24 chapters
Merry Christmas, pa rum pa pum pum!

It’s the first day of December, and Fredrik and his parents are checking into the Elf Hotel. But something doesn’t feel quite right. Fredrik is hearing sounds that nobody else can hear. What’s more, a billy goat is running amok in the hotel, and birds are flying around the ceiling, wearing beards and Santa hats.

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Harald Nortun: BLUE BATS

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Blå flaggermus
Published by Samlaget, 2019

Ketchup blood, business ideas and a girl with blue felt pens
The summer holidays have just begun. Sander and his friend Tomas have some ideas for a business. Why? Because Sander needs to save up for a mobile phone. The boys get their hands on some hens and hope to make some money in an egg sale. A prank with ketchup blood leads to a complete fiasco. Then a rich man with a swanky car starts visiting Sander’s mum more and more frequently, and Sander finds out some things he would rather never have known.

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Harald Nortun: THE EXPERIMENT

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Eksperimentet
Published by Samlaget, 2015

A classic tale of switched identities with serious undertones.
On the way to his grandparents’ house, Amund challenges his twin sister Amanda to switch clothes and pretend to be one another, an experiment that is only intended to last the evening. However, then they receive an unexpected visitor who fails to see through their trick, and switching back suddenly becomes very difficult

The Experiment is an exciting tale about imagining how things might be it you were the opposite gender, a theme that interests many children. Both humorous and revealing about gender roles. Suitable for readers 12-14.

Harald Nortun (b. 1972) is a qualified literary scientist and has worked as a teacher at the University in Trondheim. His debut work as an author came in the form of his novel Røverskogen (Thieves in the Forest), published in 2006, and he has also published a collection of poems for young adults, called Nesten saman (Almost Together).                                                    

Translations: Rights sold to Sweden, France, Denmark, Belgium.

Maria Parr/Åshild Irgens: A BIG BROTHER

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Storebror
Published by Samlaget, 2019
EASY READERS

Dreaming of an older brother
“I want to have a big brother! Why do I only have stupid little Elida?” This is a book about wishing you had an older brother. After all, imagine how great it would be to have someone who looked after you on the school bus, and always let you tag along to football training. Are all older brothers like that, though? What about all the people who just have an annoying little sister?

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Maria Parr: WAFFLE HEART

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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.

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Maria Parr: THE GOALIE AND THE SEA

Keeperen og havet
Published by Samlaget 2017

‘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.

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Kari Smeland: THE CROWDIVE FAMILY and the Sneeze in the House Next Door

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Published by Samlaget, 2012

Are you a curious snoop? The huge and boisterous Crowdive family lives in an old and dilapidated house. There is only one other house in the neighborhood, and no one has lived there since uncle Sigurd was a boy. But one day the youngest of the twins suspects that someone has moved in.

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