Bjarte Klakegg: NINKOLAI

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Ninkolai
Published by Samlaget 2019

A book about gender identity and losing your nearest and dearest
Nikolai identifies himself as a boy, but he was born a girl named Nina. We follow his time spent on his grandparents’ farm after he was deserted by his mother at the age of twelve. His granddad, Johannes, is the only one who wants to see him as Nikolai. It slowly becomes clear that Johannes is becoming sick, and Nikolai has to live through the only one who can see him slowly fading away.

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Sigrid Agnete Hansen: SEEN THIS?

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Ser du dette?
Published by Samlaget 2020

A powerful debut about a nude photo in the wrong hands
Anna has just moved to a new home with her parents. Back to the village where her dad grew up, where Anna’s grandma still lives. But rumours travel faster than a car can drive. A rumour doesn’t care about kilometres, speed limits or travel itineraries. A rumour just wants to get where it’s going. And once it arrives, it will try to reach out to as many people as it possibly can…

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Harald Nortun: BLUE BATS

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Blå flaggermus
Published by Samlaget, 2019

Ketchup blood, business ideas and a girl with blue felt pens
The summer holidays have just begun. Sander and his friend Tomas have some ideas for a business. Why? Because Sander needs to save up for a mobile phone. The boys get their hands on some hens and hope to make some money in an egg sale. A prank with ketchup blood leads to a complete fiasco. Then a rich man with a swanky car starts visiting Sander’s mum more and more frequently, and Sander finds out some things he would rather never have known.

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Eili Harboe: THREE METRES WITH A KNIFE

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Tre meter med kniv
Published by Samlaget 2020

A strong first novel about being a girlfriend, a daughter and a sister
Lykke wants to be held in the arms of Simeon from the swimming pool. She wishes her sick mother could actually see her. She tries to be friendly to her foster sister, Lena. But although Simeon is sometimes so nice, he can also be mean. And mum, who can sometimes be so fun, can also disappear, far far away. And what’s Lena’s deal, when she turns so utterly silent?

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Frode Grytten/Mari Kanstad Johnsen: BEDTIME

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Leggetid
Published by Samlaget, 2020

A colourful and imaginative bedtime tale
Daddy says it’s bedtime, but his little girl wants them to carry on reading. Just one more book before she goes to sleep! She wishes that someone would write a book about her for once. Up on the bookcase there isn’t a single story about her!
Together they patch together a book about the girl. Will there be a slime monster in the book? Perhaps she will climb up the world’s tallest mountain? Maybe she will travel backwards in time to meet her Grandpa? Or go into the future to meet herself as a grown-up?

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Erlend Kaasa: BUT NOT MARIA

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Men ikkje Maria
Published by Samlaget, 2019

Living on the brink of disaster
Family life wasn’t always part of Palle’s life plans, but now he’s here: living with his wife Gro and a baby in a Bergen suburb. Right at the start of his paternity leave, Palle is looking forward to engaging with family life and getting to know his little Dagne. Yet under the surface of his day-to-day life, there is a burning, all-consuming darkness. Gro has started up a relationship with an older colleague and soon Maria, their Albanian au pair, is also taking greater steps into their lives. Maria slowly takes over Gro’s role in the household, forming close bonds with Palle and their little daughter.

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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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