Bjørn Berge: IN THE AGE OF THE BOMBERS

CULTURAL HISTORY

Cover of "In the Age of the Bombers"

Luftens tyranner. Menn og bombefly gjennom 100 år
Published by Spartacus Forlag, 2019

Deadly planes as big as football pitches with bomb loads of up to 50 tonnes have thundered over cities and countries since 1914. The scenario is both historical and contemporary.
The arrival of bomber technology, with its ability to penetrate front lines and spread destruction among civilian populations, changed the nature of warfare forever. Its supporters claimed mass bombing would yield rapid victories by demoralising enemy populations. The idea persists: if only bombers become powerful, fast and precise enough, wars will be won swiftly and bloodlessly.

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Laura Djupvik and Øyvind Torseter: MY BROTHER

Bror min
Published by Samlaget, 2021

In this beautiful picture book, we are introduced to a girl and her father in a grief-stricken period of their lives, with each of them mourning in their own way. Dad disappears into himself, while the girl begins to dream about her departed brother. When the daughter eventually convinces her dad to join in with her make-believe, something big and unexpected happens.

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Bjørn Berge: NOWHERE LANDS. LOST COUNTRIES OF THE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURY

HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY

Bjørn Berge: Landene som forsvant/Nowhere LandsLandene som forsvant. 1840 – 1970
Published by Spartacus, 2016

A different kind of world history – told through stamps from countries that have been erased from the map

More than 1000 countries have issued their own stamps during the past 175 years since the first “Penny Black” was introduced in England in 1840. Most of them no longer exist. Some of their names will bring back associations, such as Biafra and “famine” and Bhopal and “environmental disaster”. Others, few of us will associate with anything, like Labuan, Tannu Tuva and Fiume. These lost countries have fascinating stories to tell , whether they were short-lived like Eastern Karelia, which lasted only a few weeks during the winter war of 1922, or more tenacious such as the Orange Free State, a Boer Republic which celebrated 50 years as an independent state in the late 1800s.

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Geir Egil Eiksund: THE STRUGGLE

Cover of "The Match"

Kampen
Published by Samlaget, 2021

Heartbeats and slide tackles
The summer holidays have just begun. Andreas is a Liverpool supporter and everyday he looks forward to kickabouts with Sara and his other classmates. But this summer, a new boy has come to town, a boy with a United hat and a pretty smile. The new boy’s name is Viljar, and Andreas’ heart beats much faster whenever they’re together. Meanwhile, Sara keeps sending him messages filled with love hearts, and Andreas doesn’t know quite how to respond.

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Line Dybedal and Line Renslebråten: A HEART FOR CHRISTMAS

Cover of "A Heart for Christmas"

Eit hjarte til jul
Published by Samlaget, 2021

Magic in the Christmas tree forest
Nora’s mum is in the hospital. She needs a new heart to get better. Nora wants nothing more than her mum to be like she was before, but what if her mum becomes someone completely different with a new heart? Imagine if she doesn’t want to know Nora! The thought terrifies her.

At times like this it’s good to have a grandma who knows about a magic Christmas tree forest. Together with her dad and grandma, Nora finds the perfect Christmas tree and a shooting star whizzes through the sky above. Perhaps Nora’s wish for her mum to get better will come true after all….

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Pål Brekke: THE STORY ABOUT THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

NATURAL SCIENCE

Cover of "The Story About the Northern Lights"

Historien om Nordlyset
Published by Solarmax Consulting, 2018

Watching the northern lights or “aurora borealis” dancing overhead on a clear winter night is one of the most spectacular and awe-inspiring sights that the natural world can offer. They differ from all other light phenomena by exhibiting an amazing variety of colours, structures, and movements. For people who have caught a glimpse of the northern lights will the sight often leaves memories for a lifetime.

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Thor Gotaas: RUNNING: A WORLD HISTORY

Running - A World HistoryLøping. En verdenshistorie
Published by Gyldendal Norsk Forlag, 2008/2018

An original, funny, and almost improbable world history. Why do people run? Four millennia ago in Mesopotamia, King Shulgi ran from Nippur to Ur to take part in a religious festival. In ancient Egypt, the pharaoh had to run to prove his vitality and to hold on to power. And then there are the little-known naked runs, whore runs, endurance tests at bars, backward runs, monk runs, and the Inca Empire’s got professional runners. Thor Gotaas shows us what running, in all its remarkable diversity, is and has been for mankind.

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Marianne Gretteberg Engedal: THE POLICE BURGLAR

Cover of "The Police Burglar"

Polititjuven
Published by Samlaget, 2021

Cops and robbers
Bill was born into a family of burglars, but he isn’t a burglar anymore. There’s no one in the world Bill likes more than Sausage Sam, and there’s nothing in the world Sausage Sam likes more than sausages. However, just before the school is about to go on an overnight trip to the forest, a police family moves to town. Policewoman Polly joins the class trip, and everything changes for Bill when Polly becomes a police burglar: she steals his best friend – Sausage Sam!

From the reviews: " With THE POLICE BURGLAR Marianne Gretteberg Engedal takes a firm grip on the fresh place in the elite division among Norwegian children's book authors. "
                                              The daily Bergens Tidende
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Kim Hjardar: THE VIKINGS’ GREATEST BATTLES

VIKING HISTORY

Cover of "The Vikings' Greatest Battles"

Vikingenes største slag
Published by Spartacus Forlag, 2020

“You all belong to Odin!”
The heathen Vikings once sent shockwaves throughout Christian Europe. Many of these warriors had sworn themselves to Odin, and considered themselves to be part of his army, making death on the battlefield something not to be feared. During the Battle of Fyrisvollene in southern Sweden, a battlecry was heard: “You all belong to Odin!”

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Christian Wiik Gjerde: CHRISTMAS AT THE ELF HOTEL

Cover of "Christmas at the Advent Hotel"

Jul på Bukken Hotell
Published by Samlaget, 2019

A thrilling book about Advent in 24 chapters
Merry Christmas, pa rum pa pum pum!

It’s the first day of December, and Fredrik and his parents are checking into the Elf Hotel. But something doesn’t feel quite right. Fredrik is hearing sounds that nobody else can hear. What’s more, a billy goat is running amok in the hotel, and birds are flying around the ceiling, wearing beards and Santa hats.

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