Hilde Myklebust and Akin Duzakin: YLVA AND THE WILD GOATS

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Ylva og villgeitene
Published by Samlaget 2020

A poetic tale about an intrepid girl coming face to face with nature
Ylva and her dad are out walking to their summer house down by the sea. But they are not the only ones on the steep mountainside. The wild goat, Blackbeard, and his flock also call the area home. The sea eagles do, too.

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Marianne Gretteberg Engedal: THE POLICE BURGLAR

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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

"Marianne Gretteberg Engedal is back with a dream of a sequel. The book oozes sheer quality … the illustrations are really eye-catching – lively, with a controlled recklessness and plenty of peculiarities. The landscape is painted in a delightfully acidic colour palette."

                                                     Klassekampen


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Jan Roar Leikvoll: THE SONGBIRD

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Songfuglen
Published by Samlaget, 2013

A strong tale of things dark and dangerous; both disturbing and beautiful
Since the day he was born, Jakoba has lived his life as a female. He has grown up with his mother and aunts in a town inhabited solely by women. He now finds himself on the cusp of adulthood and is developing feelings for a girl. Although it’s becoming increasingly difficult to hide his secret, he possesses a talent that may prove his salvation: Nobody sings as beautifully as Jakoba. Meanwhile, deep in the forest, on the far side of the valley, the menacing roar of the male of the species has been heard. Songbird looks at the loneliness that can arise when the safe, secure world you knew and thought would last forever, turns out to be a difficult and dangerous place.

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Harald Nortun: THE EXPERIMENT

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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.

Maria Parr/Åshild Irgens: A BIG BROTHER

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Storebror
Published by Samlaget, 2019
EASY READERS

Dreaming of an older brother
“I want to have a big brother! Why do I only have stupid little Elida?” This is a book about wishing you had an older brother. After all, imagine how great it would be to have someone who looked after you on the school bus, and always let you tag along to football training. Are all older brothers like that, though? What about all the people who just have an annoying little sister?

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Maria Parr: WAFFLE HEART

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Published by Samlaget, 2005

One thing Trille knows for sure: that his great aunt makes the world’s best waffles. He is sure, too, that Knert-Mathilde is a wonderful place in which to live – and that his neighbour, Lena Lid, is his best friend. But he is anything but sure that he is her best friend. And when Lena asks him exactly why he wants a father, although he has one, Trille isn’t sure about that, either.

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

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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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Maria Parr: THE GOALIE AND THE SEA

Keeperen og havet
Published by Samlaget 2017

‘Who normally plays in goal?’
My jaw dropped. How could he possibly not know? Everybody in the area knew that Lena was the goalie in the boys’ team. She stepped into the circle wearing her goalkeeper’s gloves and looked up defiantly at the man in the black tracksuit.
‘Me.’
‘Is that it?’

The arrival of a new football coach means dark clouds are looming over twelve-year-old Lena Lid’s goalkeeping career. In the house next door, Trille is wondering how to impress the ladies. Meanwhile, as ever, Grandpa is out at sea, looking for the biggest catch of all time and trying not to worry about getting old.

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