Maria Parr: The Goalie and the Sea

Maria Parr                                                                                                                                 The Goalie and the Sea/ Keeperen og havet                                                                   To be published in August 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.

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: Italy, Russia.

Harald Nortun: THE EXPERIMENT

Harald Nortun The Experiment / 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 from 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.

Kari Smeland: THE CROWDIVE FAMILY

Kari Smeland The Crowdive Family and the Sneeze in the House Next Door / Familien Kråkestup og nyset i nabohuset 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. 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, Czech and Turkey.
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.

Bente Bratlund: FLY, THEA, FLY!

Bente Bratlund: Fly, Thea, Fly!Fly, Thea! Fly!
Published by Mangschou Forlag, 2015

Thea is a foster child. Her mother is to ill to be at home. Thea thinks that nothing in her life is lasting, she will never belong in the laughter and talk of her foster family. But she has her painting, and she is attending a painters course. One day she will be creating something beautiful. Fly, Thea, fly! is a story about learning to trust others and trusting yourself. A story about how art can help you to express yourself and deal with the pain. More…

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»).

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.

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…

Linn T. Sunne: THE GIRL IN THE BLIND ALLEY

Jenta i Blindgata
Published by Samlaget, 2016

Who is Inga, really? She’s new in the class. Tea and Teodor thought it would be fun to go and visit Inga in the big house. Because she doesn’t live with her mum or dad, or anyone else for that matter – she lives on her own. That means they can do whatever they want! But when they’re playing hide and seek, Teodor sees something in the mirror, something that terrifies him.

The Girl In Blind Alley is a good story told in simple writing, but the revealing illustrations give the reader a taste of horror. This novel will inspire new readers.

Linn T. Sunne (b. 1971) see above.  Camilla Billett (b. 1966) is a graphic designer and illustrator.

Kari Woxholt Sverdrup: GLASS ROSES

GlassroserGlassroser
Published by Mangschou Forlag, 2016

Rose has been at odds with the braided girls almost as long as she can remember. Sour Marianne, their teacher, says that they are in conflict. But when the braided girls gossip and think they know best, Rose feels that they are more likely at war. Fortunately, they’re in seventh grade now, and Rose hangs out with Tobias, Celia and Marie. Besides, Rose has one other friend – or rather two. One is her rabbit Bud, so soft and cuddly when she strokes his fur. And then there is Nico who has started paying visits to the neighbouring house, where his grandfather lives. Rose feels strangely happy when he says hello from the other side of the fence.

And one day he approaches her while she is making a pen for Bud in the garden …

Suitable for readers from 9-13.

The author writes warmly and sympathetically about the 12-year-old Rose. This is a strong story with a brave and independent protagonist, and it is Rose and her thoughts and feelings that are central to the plot, narrated in first person. Although Rose is in conflict with the braided girls, this is not just a solemn text. Here you also find funny remarks and observations, and the close relationship between Rose and her father in particular is portrayed in well-written prose.

Kari Woxholt Sverdrup (b. 1957) graduated from the University of Oslo with Bachelor’s degree and further language studies in Cambridge and Montpellier. She has worked as a teacher, bookseller and vocational counsellor, and made her debut as an author in 1993 with the novel Hjemme er et annet sted (Home Is Somewhere Else). Since then she has published a number of books for children and youth, several of which have been translated into Danish and German.