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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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.

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.

 

Kari Smeland: THE CROWDIVE FAMILY AND THE SNEEZE IN THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR

 Familien Kråkestup og nyset i nabohuset                                                                     Published by Samlaget, 2012

Cover of 'The Crowdive Family'

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.

The investigation of the house next door strings together and abundance of absurd events and with its vibrant ideas the book is a joy to read aloud. Beautifully illustrated it also makes it easy for children to read for themselves. Suitable for 7 to 10 year olds. Illustrated by Mona Brekke.

Dagbladet’s reviewer wrote: “ Fantastic children’s book début about an eccentric family.  The Crowdive Family reminds me of Anne Cath. Vestly, Roald Dahl and The Six Bullerby Children. (…) There is an amazing energy in the story that grabs you from the get-go.”

Translation rights sold to Denmark, France, Germany, Malta and Czech.

Kari Smeland (b. 1984) has a Bachelor’s degree in History and Social Studies and works as a librarian.  This is her first book. Mona Brekke (b. 1975) works with drawings and installations. In 2014 Smeland wrote the children’s novel Circus Ruckus / Sirkus Spetakkel.

Aleksander Kirkwood Brown/ Andreas Iversen: BZZZ. THE WORLD’S SMALLEST BANK ROBBERY

BZZZ. Verdens minste bankran                                  

Published by Omnipax, 2018

A funny, original and action-packed book, perfect for both reading aloud or for children who read alone. With humorous illustrations on every page,  this book also appeals to greedy guzzlers of cartoons.

Illustrated throughout. Suitable for readers from 11+

This is the story of mosquito 93, who lives together with countless other mosquitoes in a hollow tree trunk in the woods. Every day, the girls head out to suck some blood, because only girl mosquitoes do that, while 93 and the other boy mosquitoes stay at home and loaf around. But one day the girls decide they’ve had enough, and send the boys out on a raid. On their hunt for blood and easy pickings, the boys stumble upon something called the Blood Bank. Here, stealing is a piece of cake! Or, erm, perhaps it isn’t as easy as it looks. The hospital is being watched by an angry guard, and the blood is kept in a huge glass cabinet. How will they get their hands on it, let alone manage to get their treasure home?

Wise old Mozze (who is ancient – maybe even five weeks old!) designs a crafty scheme involving fire alarms, a diamond ring, a terrifying bat, and last not but not least – all the mosquitoes working together.

At the back of the book, you’ll find information about both the Blood Bank and about mosquitoes.

Aleksander K. Brown (b.1984) is half-Norwegian, half-Scottish and had his publishing debut in 2013 with the children’s book “Elgen Geir”. He achieved success with his series of horror stories, having twice been nominated for the Norwegian ‘Bokslukerprisen’, a national prize, with its winner being selected by children. Brown has also written cartoons for the Donald Duck comic book. Andreas Iversen (b.1983) is a cartoonist and illustrator. He has a Masters degree in Film and Television Studies, and won the daily paper Dagbladet’s cartoon competition in 2014.  Brown and Iversen are also the creators of the popular series, Edward Rubikon.

Andreas Iversen (left)   Aleksander K. Brown (right)

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

Jakta 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 going 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.

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Eldrid Johansen: PHARAOH’S CURSE

Eldrid Johansen: Faraos forbannelse/The Pharaoh's CurseFaraos 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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Ayse Koca: YOKO ONUR. MAKING OVER MUM

Cover of 'Yoko Onur'Yoko 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…

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