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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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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