Bjørn Berge: NOWHERELANDS

“A fascinating philatelic journey”
“Nowherelands is a real treat, and not only for the stamp collectors among us, for the rest of us as well. The idea is so good as to make one green with envy: writing a book about countries that no longer exist. And there are many of them! … The chapter titles are a joy in themselves: “Princesses in burkas”, “Bottle flies and a thirst for oil”, “Sea cucumbers for stone money”. But nothing surpasses the place names: Inini! Ryukyu! Iquique! … Four pages are dedicated to each country and shocking world history is reeled off. Poetic descriptions and peculiar details, spiced with well-chosen quotations from both fiction and travel writers … “Nowherelands” is an exceptionally beautiful book, printed on exquisite paper. Each country comes with a map, a stamp, tips for further reading and occasionally recipes, music and film suggestions.”
AFTENPOSTEN

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

Cover of 'The Crowdive Family'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.

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Anja Dahle Øverbye: THE LUCKY TOOTH

Cover of "The Lucky Tooth"

Lykketanna
Published by Samlaget, 2019

The Scary School Start
Torbjørn is six years old. This autumn he is going to start school. Everyone is asking him whether he’s excited. After all, isn’t it always exciting to become a schoolboy? But Torbjørn is dreading it. He doesn’t want to stop going to preschool, and he doesn’t want to buy a schoolbag. Why can’t he just be happy like all the other kids?

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Kari Stai: SO-SO HAPPY

Cover of "So-so Happy"

Passe happy
Published by Samlaget, 2021

Illustrated children’s novel from the creator of Yesper and Noper
Juri is about to turn 12 and feels nervous about absolutely everything. All on his own, he has to work out love, football, and how deep you should go with your tongue when you kiss someone so nobody chokes. Juri wonders whether he is in love, while his best friend Evy starts behaving a little bit strangely. Then, to top it all off, Juri’s dad has just left his mother.

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Terje Tvedt: THE NILE. THE RIVER OF HISTORY

CULTURAL HISTORY/TRAVELOGUE

Cover of "The Nile"

Nilen. Historiens elv
Published by Aschehoug, 2012.
English edition 2021 (Spring).

The Nile offers a rich account of a long and fascinating history. Professor Terje Tvedt’s new book is the most comprehensive book about the Nile ever written. The author travels upstream along the river’s mouth to its sources. The result is a travelogue through 5000 years and 11 countries, from the Mediterranean to Central Africa.

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Gyrid Axe Øvsteng and Per Ragnar Møkleby: DARK

Mørkt
Published by Samlaget, 2018

An original work about being scared of the dark
Sonny is scared about disappearing in the dark. Which is why he always tries to stay awake for as long as he can. But tonight, there are noises coming from the shadows. The sounds creep closer and closer, and suddenly Sonny finds himself in the middle of a pitch-black tornado. But in the darkness, he is introduced to Natalia.  At the same time he is also introduced to courage.

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Ida Eva Neverdahl: FLOKE. A CALM KID IN A WORLD OF VICIOUS VIKINGS

Cover of "Floke"

Floke. Ein fredeleg fyr i ei vill vikingverd.
Published by Samlaget, 2020

Norse mythology for the 2020s
Floke Skrufsson is a calm kid in a world of vicious Vikings. He isn’t a big fan of violence and fighting, and would much rather sit on the grass making music. One day he rescues an old fogey whose nose is stuck in a tree and as a thank you, Floke receives a strange and unusual sword. But there’s a snag: Whoever holds this sword must save the world from the apocalypse – Ragnarok itself! In the book we run into Old Norse legends such as Thor and Odin, Freya and the World Serpent.

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Lene Wold: NO HONOUR IN CRIME

DOCUMENTARY/CURRENT AFFAIRS

Lene Wold: Ære være mine døtre/No Honour in CrimeÆre være mine døtre
Published by Kagge Forlag,  2017

During the past three years, Lene Wold has spent a considerable amount of time in Jordan with a man who has killed both his mother and one of his two daughters in order to restore his family’s honour. Wold has travelled around Jordan and interviewed a number of people about honour killing. The author portrays the man’s upbringing, culture and dilemmas that shaped him as a person and the choices he made. Wold’s other important source is Amina. This daughter spent several years in prison after the failed murder attempt in order to protect her from her own family. In Jordan, it is the women, the survivors of attempted honour killings, who are imprisoned – not the perpetrators.

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