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

Rune Belsvik’s The Bird Boy and Harald Nordtun’s Blue Bats were 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.”

Rune Belsvik: THE BIRD BOY

Cover of "The Bird Boy"

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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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