The Bird Boy and Blue Bats are nominated to the Brage Prize 2019

Rune Belsvik’s The Bird Boy and Harald Nordtun’s Blue Bats are nominated to the Brage Pize 2019 for the year’s best children and young adult book.

Below are the jury’s groundings for their nominations of the two books:

“The Bird Boy is an absorbing, sensitive tale of a child’s attempts to control their emotions and of searching for fellowship. […] Through investigations into his day-to-day, Lukas gradually understands that he isn’t the only one finding it difficult to get a handle on his thoughts. It provides him with strength as he reconciles with his unsafe living conditions in this bleak and believable depiction of childhood.”

Blue bats is sparse and eloquent, swooping down into themes such as poverty, fairness, dyslexia and various types of isolation. […] Sander has a sophisticated ability to rise up against different external pressures, and this runs all the way through the book. Despite its somewhat serious backdrop, this is both a warm and humorous novel. This thrilling, yet at the same time believable depiction of how isolating a childhood summer holiday can be, has a lot to say.”

Harald Nortun: BLUE BATS

Cover of "The Blue Bat"

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

Cover of 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 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.