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Sang

Elina Pitkäkangas

Picture Books

Itty Bitty Princess’s Teeny Bit Terrific Fairy Tales

Hannele Lampela, illustr. Ninka Reittu

Young Adult

The Crossing of the Green Dragon

Leena Lehtolainen

Chapter Books

Pet Agents series

Riina Kaarla, Sami Kaarla & Anders Vacklin

Picture Books

Little Mouse’s Fables

Riikka Jäntti

Picture books

PRINSESSA PIKKIRIIKIN HIUKKASEN HURJAT SADUT
Otava,  October 2022, 80 pp.

Age group: 3+ years

Reading material:
Full English text

Itty Bitty Princess’s Teeny Bit Terrific Fairy Tales

Hannele Lampela, illustrated by Ninka Reittu

The hero of all mischief-makers, Itty Bitty Princess, tells us seven familiar stories from the perspective of the teeny bit naughty! 

✓  Itty Bitty Princess is the loveliest, naughtiest, and kindest girl in the world!

✓  Film in development!

Have you ever thought of how a witch feels when her magnificent gingerbread house is eaten? Or the fairy who doesn’t get invited to a birthday party? Indeed, probably not so good. 

Itty Bitty Princess has noticed that the ones who are already kind are the ones who always win the battles. Like her little brother. That’s why she has decided to tell a few stories from the side of the scoundrels, like the dragon that gets constantly poked by swords. After all, Itty Bitty Princess knows what it’s like to be kind and naughty at the same time.

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Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

PRINSESSA PIKKIRIIKKI JA (KAAMEA) TOTUUS VAUVOISTA
Otava, April 2022, 32 pp.

Age group: 3+ years

Reading material:
Full English text

Itty Bitty Princess and the Truth About Babies

Hannele Lampela, illustrated by Ninka Reittu

Why on earth would parents want a baby that poops a lot and wakes them up in the middle of the night?

✓  Itty Bitty Princess is the loveliest, naughtiest, and kindest girl in the world!

✓  Already sold to 5 territories!

✓  Film in development!

✓  The newest standalone title in the bestselling and award-winning Itty Bitty Princess series. Itty Bitty Princess series titles have been nominated for 

✓  Arvid Lydecken Prize in 2017 and 2019

✓  Runeberg Junior in 2020

✓  The White Ravens for 2017

✓  Storytel book award 2020

✓  Kaarina Helakisa -palkinto 2019 – which it won!

Where do annoying little siblings come from? Itty Bitty Princess figures out the icky truth about babies in her own bold manner. 

Of course, Itty Bitty Princess knows that babies grow in mothers’ tummies. But how did they end up there? And how do they get out? And most importantly: why on earth would parents want a baby that poops a lot and wakes them up in the middle of the night? 

This charming picture book by Hannele Lampela, illustrated by Ninka Reittu, provides answers to children’s puzzling questions about babies, but also touches on the emotions that big sisters and brothers go through when they hear a baby is on the way.

Hannele Lampela’s storytelling is hilariously fun, and the author cultivates deliciously naughty words guaranteed to provide joy when read aloud in the evening before bedtime.
– Maaseudun Tulevaisuus Newspaper, Finland about Itty Bitty Princess and Crying Injustice

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

DENMARK: Turbine
ESTONIA: Kirjastus Elust Enesest
ITALY: Fabbri Editori
WORLD SPANISH: Planeta Junior

PIKKU HIIREN SATULIPAS
Tammi, October 2022, 80 pp.

Age group: 3+ years

Reading material:
English sample in September

Little Mouse’s Fables

Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse’s Fables is a charming and cheerful book for small readers and all Little Mouse’s friends!

✓  Little Mouse and Mommy Mouse dive together into the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm and discuss them!

✓  The newest standalone title in the bestselling Little Mouse series!

Little Mouse loves storytime. Together with Mommy Mouse, they read the Grimm classics: Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, The Three Wishes, Sweet Porridge, Jack and the Beanstalk, and more! Riikka Jäntti’s lovely illustrations depict the mouseified adventures in these classic tales.

In this new album of her fantastic series Little Mouse, Riikka Jäntti takes a small sidestep to invite us to delve into the Brothers Grimm’s enchanted universe. While taking us back to the classics of children’s literature, she also soflty highlights the joys of the timeless moment of the bedtime story.

– Cambourakis, France

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FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

PIKKU HIIRI -sarja
Tammi, 2015-2022, 48 pp.

Age group: 2+ years

Reading material:
English PDFs

Little Mouse Series

Riikka Jäntti

Adorable bestselling picture book series about a little mouse and its everyday adventures. There is a book for every occasion!

✓  Rights for the series sold in 20 territories!

Book 1: Little Mouse
A day in the life of a toddler is a busy one, and Little Mouse’s is no exception. Between getting dressed, going to daycare, eating dinner, and splashing in puddles, Little Mouse has a lot to do … and a lot to say ‘no’ to!

Book 2: Little Mouse Helps Out
Little Mouse’s friend Pip is coming over to visit. But first, there are chores to do around the house, like cleaning, laundry and cooking lunch. Little Mouse is determined to help Mommy Mouse with all of them.

Book 3: Little Mouse’s Christmas
Christmas is coming, and Little Mouse can’t wait for Christmas Eve. Luckily, there are all kinds of wonderful preparations to be made, from cooking to choosing the Christmas tree.

Book 4: Little Mouse’s Holiday
Little Mouse and Mommy Mouse take the train together to the countryside to stay at their cottage on an island, pick berries, heat the sauna, and cook sausages over a campfire under the starry skies. It’s a real treat for a little city mouse!

Book 5: Little Mouse’s Winter
Winter is here and Little Mouse enjoys playing outside. But the fun is interrupted by piano lessons. And why do all the other kids have phones and lots of collectible toy figures? Luckily, Mom has lots of fun activities that will make Little Mouse happy again.

Book 6: Little Mouse’s Summer
Summer holidays are full of fun: going to the amusement park, playing by the beach and visiting the art museum. Buying strawberries and ice cream, and going to the cinema when the weather is too hot. Little Mouse knows you have to enjoy the summer, because it doesn’t last forever.

Book 7: Little Mouse’s Goes Camping
One beautiful summer’s day, Little Mouse goes camping with his mom. Little Mouse helps Mommy Mouse set up the tent, light the grill and prepare sausages and vegetables wrapped in foil. When it gets dark, Little Mouse listens to the sounds of the night in the tent. In the morning, they are both very hungry but luckily the island’s restaurant is open!

Book 8: Little Mouse and the Birthday Present
At last, DING DONG! Little Mouse opens the front door for the birthday guests. Little Mouse receives delightful presents from friends, and then it is time to feast: the birthday cake and other desserts are to everyone’s taste. Games and quizzes are also part of Little Mouse’s birthday. The next morning, Little Mouse gets a present from Mommy Mouse, but it ends up causing a surprising amount of trouble, especially to Mom!

English readers will see something of Beatrix Potter’s poetry and precision in the Helsinki-based illustrator and author’s retro ink and watercolor illustrations. Pitched at children aged up to four, Little Mouse will also delight parents, taking them back to when every day was an adventure.
– William Yeoman, The Weekend West

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
AZERBAIJAN: Alatoran
AUSTRALIA: Scribble/Scribe
CHINA: Beijing Yuntu Tech
DENMARK: ABC Forlag
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
FRANCE: Cambourakis
GERMANY: Cross Cult
ITALY: Sinnos
NEPAL: Kathalaya
NEW ZEALAND: Scribble/Scribe
POLAND: Filia
PORTUGAL: Harper Collins Iberica
ROMANIA: Editura Paralela 45
RUSSIA: Strecoza
SLOVAKIA: Fortuna
SPAIN (Spanish): Harper Collins Iberica
SPAIN (Catalan): Harper Collins Iberica
SWEDEN: Epix Bokförlag AB
UK: Scribble/Scribe

#1 PRINSESSA RÄMÄPÄÄN TALVITAIKA
Tammi 2017, 42 pp.

#2 PRINSESSA RÄMÄPÄÄ JA VESSASANAT
Tammi 2019, 42 pp.

#3 PRINSESSA RÄMÄPÄÄ JA RIITATAIKA
Tammi, 2021, 42 pp.

Age group: 2-6 years

Reading material:
English PDFs

Princess Rascal series

Elina Hirvonen, illustrated by Mervi Lindman

Princess Rascal is a spirited and resourceful little girl, like a little sister of Pippi Longstocking!

✓  Picture book series praised for its realism depicting life with children!

The topics of the clever and fun books in the Princess Rascal series arise from the day-to-day challenges of families with children. Busy days can be filled with snappy talk and misunderstandings. But, on the other hand, there are always lots of new ideas, warmth and practical magic around!

#1 Princess Rascal
You would think that Rascal is just a little girl, but she’s also a princess with many crowns for different purposes: one for Important Thoughts, one for Great Adventures, and one for Peaceful Dreams. When Mom gets mad at her, she must find the right crown to calm Mom down.

Princess Rascal is a picture book about a little girl who speaks her mind and has a heart of gold, though sometimes it’s difficult to know the right thing to do. The book has been praised for its accurate and hilarious depictions of the everyday life of a toddler family – sometimes parents get tired, too.

#2 Princess Rascal and the Potty Words
Princess Rascal starts preschool. She’s nervous about her new mates and the new teacher. She is especially nervous about going to the toilet. When she uses potty words in the completely wrong situation, she’s sure that she is the most embarrassed girl in the world. But a solution for the problem can be found in her secret treasure chest.

#3 Princess Rascal and the Quarrel Spell
Which spell is the best when it seems that parents do not have enough time for themselves? Resourceful Princess Rascal has a solution to every problem!

When Mom looks like a red-eyed panda and Dad looks like an angry troll, and they snap at each other without any reason, it’s time for some Rascal spells and Onni’s insights. The solution is the world’s finest KISSING BOOTH. “You have to go in there to kiss. Then you will love again. And never quarrel again..”

Everybody quarrels once in a while, no need to be scared of it. The difficult topic of the book never becomes too gloomy, because the solution-oriented Princess Rascal takes action. Mervi Lindman’s delicate and colorful illustrations also maintain positivity.
– Turun Sanomat newspaper, Finland on Princess Rascal and the Quarrel Spell

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Rights sold:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Albatros
DENMARK: Gads Forlag (books 1&2)
ESTONIA: Elust Enesest (Books 1-3)
LITHUANIA: Nieko Rimto (book 1)

Chapter books

#1 VOIHAN NENÄ!
Minerva, September 2021, 56 pp.

#2 YLLÄRIPYLLÄRI!
Minerva, March 2022, 56 pp.

Age group: 5+

Reading material:
English sample in September

Thelma the Tenacious Witch Series

Satu Varjonen, illustrated by Mari Luoma

A humorous and magical series about the adventures of a young witch girl, written by Satu Varjonen with gleeful illustrations by Mari Luoma!

Book #1: Who Nose?

A heart-warming story about accepting differences and loving oneself!

Thelma, the little witch girl, starts school and ends up literally nose to nose with the popular girl, Ornelia. However, the extraordinary witch girl doesn’t get startled easily and decides to give it her all to fit in. 

After a bunch of mishaps, Thelma realizes that instead of trying to please everybody, it is best to be yourself! 

Book #2: An Egg-cellent Surprise!

The sweet witch, Thelma, tries her hardest to make things good. But magic is one of those things that sometimes leads to quite unexpected things. 

Thelma’s house is as busy as ever. The spring cleaning must be done, guests are coming and The Great Egg Hunt with its tantalizing prizes is about to start on the mountain.

The easter traditions of witches and humans cause Thelma a headache, especially when her ghastly great-aunt, Grandma Myrtle and Thelma’s new friend Ornelia get entangled in them too. And magic doesn’t always go according to plan.

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FINLAND: Minerva (orig.)

#1 PET AGENTS: TÄÄLTÄ TULLAAN, LEMMIKIT!
Tammi, March 2019, 112 pp.

#2 PET AGENTS: VARKAAN JÄLJILLÄ
Tammi, November 2019, 160 pp.

#3 PET AGENTS: KADONNUT KENTTÄ
Tammi, August 2020, 208 pp.

#4 PET AGENTS: PELIIN KÄTKETYT
Tammi, December 2020, 176 pp.

#5 PET AGENTS: PINNAN ALLA
Tammi, October 2021, 190 pp.

#6 PET AGENTS: LUMEN SAARTAMAT
Tammi, December 2021, 176 pp.

#7 PET AGENTS: ELÄINTEN KAUPUNKI
Tammi, September 2022, 156 pp.

Age group: 5+

Reading material:
English synopses & series presentation, Finnish PDFs (Books 1-6)

Pet Agents Series

Riina Kaarla, Sami Kaarla & Anders Vacklin

KATI-E is an independent girl who loves animals just as much as electronics and coding. TI-BOT is the flying robot Kati-e built. Together they are the PET AGENTS, and their mission is to solve pet problems!

✓  There’s something for everyone in the fast-paced Pet Agents series, whether you’re an animal lover or an electronics geek!

✓  Rights sold in 6 territories!

Book #1: New Pets & New Friends!
The first book in the bestselling series for the animal-loving and tech-savvy children of today.

Kati-e’s and Ti-bot’s schedule is full again. Sofia needs help choosing a dog breed, Mrs. Frang has to find a dog-walker, and a little kitten named Hugo has an upset tummy. But do you know what a diabetic alert dog is? And what do you do if you find a baby squirrel on the side of the road? When you join Kati-e and her robot sidekick for a day, you’ll find out!

Book #2: Tracking a Thief
Keen to solve new cases, Kati-e and Ti-bot hardly get any sleep!

Kati-e has been busy coding and Ti-bot has new skills! He hurries over to the zoo to test his brand-new language abilities – he can talk with monkeys and other animals! The Pet Agents are in for a busy day from clipping the nails of a pet rabbit to helping a depressed budgie. But soon, a mystery thief in the neighbourhood lures the Pet Agents away from their usual tasks!

Book #3: Charging Ahead
Kati-e, Tim and Ti-bot spend time in the countryside and make new friends

When the Pet Agents must find a new home for a miniature pig, they head out to the countryside. The organic farm is full of cute animals, and they help with the farmwork and have fun with the electric four-wheel-drive. But suddenly, there is also a mystery they have to solve! But what to do when Ti-bot disappears and there is no wi-fi coverage?!

Book #4: Lost in the Game
Kati-e and Ti-bot venture out into the virtual world!

A boy contacts Kati-e and tells her that he has lost his pet… dinosaur! Excuse me? Kati-e soon realizes he’s talking about the virtual world and the dinosaur he’s lost is from an online dinosaur park. But it does not make the boy’s anguish any less, and Kati-e gladly accepts the challenge. It’s time for the Pet Agents to go off into the virtual world to find out who is playing dirty.

Book #5: In Deep Water
Pet Agents explore the underwater world!

After helping out a marine biologist with her out-of-the-ordinary pets, Kati-e and Ti-bot get the opportunity to join a marine research vessel as it sails out to sea! Soon the friends are deep under the surface as they try to get to the bottom of a new animal dilemma. The newly updated and waterproofed Ti-bot proves to be invaluable!

Book #6: Snowed In
Pet Agents in a Winter Wonderland!

After rescuing a swan stuck in a frozen pond, Kati-e finds out that the city’s only Pet Rescue animal shelter will be demolished just before Christmas. The Pet Agents are forced to engage in a pursuit across the Arctic Circle to track down Mrs. Frang, the animal shelter founder. She is the only person who can stop the demolition and save all the pets from the freezing cold.

Book #7: Wild City
Pet Agents on a mission to help urban wildlife!

After Luca’s beloved dachshund Wilhelm dies from old age, a resourceful Kati-e will do anything she can to help him. She will even restore an overgrown and neglected medieval pet cemetery to its former glory so that Wilhelm could have the final resting place that Luca desires.

For the city authorities to agree to reopen the old pet cemetery, the Pet Agents must first participate in the city’s ambitious urban wildlife conservation project. Luca will never forget his beloved dog, but with Kati-e’s help and compassion, he finds ways to ease the sting of grief and memorialize his lost pet.

The framework is so well-refined that the concept remains cohesive and interesting. The series has such an international feel that I had to check a couple of times to see whether Pet Agents really was the work of authors from Finland!
– Lähiömutsi literary blog

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Rights sold:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
CZECHIA: Grada
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
RUSSIA: Eksmo
SLOVAKIA: IKAR
UKRAINE: RIDNA MOVA

#1 LEMMIKKIFRENDIT – BITTI JA MOODI
Tammi, May 2022, 84pp.

#2 LEMMIKKIFRENDIT – MOPPI
Tammi, October 2022, 120 pp.

#3 LEMMIKKIFRENDIT – PAPU
Tammi, May 2023

#4 LEMMIKKIFRENDIT – MIR
Tammi, Fall 2023

Age group: 5+

Reading material:
Full English sample (Book 1), English synopses, English series presentation, Finnish texts

Pet Friends Series

Riina Kaarla, Sami Kaarla & Anders Vacklin

A story of a young girl experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with pets and new friendships!

✓  The long-awaited new series is a prequel to the Pet Agents book series, sold in 7 countries!

✓  Pet Friends tells the origin story of Kati-e and her Pet Agents agency!

Lighthearted, optimistic, and determined, Kati-e confronts new intriguing pet problems and shares these adventures with her newfound best friend, Lisa. She also starts to build a robot for herself. After many unsuccessful attempts, she finally creates the goofy, little Ti-bot that can speak with animals.

Every book tells the story of how Kati-e gets one of her pets. With the help of her friends, brilliant and resourceful Kati-e renovates an old roof-top water tank into a new home for her and all her pets. The story is set in a beautiful near-future big city, inspired by Helsinki, New York, and the capitals of Europe.

Pet Friends tells the origin story of Kati-e and her Pet Agents agency. This long-awaited new series is a prequel to the Pet Agents book series, already sold in seven countries. It’s no wonder these fantastic, fully illustrated children’s novels with easy-to-read, heart-warming stories are rapidly gaining popularity!

NEW! Book #1 – Bit and Mode:  (May 2022)
In order to have a pet of her own, the lonely six-year-old coding wizard and handy robot builder Kati-e rescues adorable rat twins from the trash can. She sneaks them home, despite her mother’s allergy to rats, only to discover a mysterious stuffed animal hidden inside the walls of her room, which used to belong to the coolest girl in the neighborhood.

NEW! Book #2: Mop: (October 2022)
A sunny, resourceful, self-reliant 6-year-old rat owner Kati-e is having the time of her life working as a little helper in a pet store; when it goes out of business, devastated Kati-e sets up her own pet service so she can be around animals in the future, and ends up owning four puppies as a result.

Book #3: Bean: (May 2023)
Brilliant and resourceful, Kati-e struggles to build a robot that can speak with animals, to find good homes for her four puppies, and is forced to renovate an old roof-top water tank into her new home as one of the puppies wants to stay with her.

 Book #4: Mir: (Fall 2023)
To solve the mystery of the beekeeper’s lost bees, passionate and unyielding animal helper Kati-e has to break into a space tech lab to build a new shapeshifter robot that can perform a bee dance, all at the same time her astronaut father is leaving Earth.

Fluffy, funny, and adventure-filled, the series takes the reader into a totally different animal world, with a fresh twist on pet care. Packed with excellent storytelling, stunning artwork, interesting characters, and wonderfully clever storylines. 

Get your paw prints on these books now!

Children’s books about animals often train their readers to treat animals with respect. In the Pet Agents series, children interested in pets and other domestic animals also learn about their care and behaviour. The strength of the Pet Agents series lies in (…) its event-rich storytelling and abundant, colourful illustrations. (…) The children in the series are active, energetic and have a wide network of friends.
– Lastenkirjahylly blog, Finland on Pet Agents series

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FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

#1 KAMALA KUTITUSPULVERI
WSOY 2019, 60 pp.

#2 HAMPAAT HUKASSA
WSOY 2019, 60 pp.

#3 HIRVEÄ JUMIMIES
WSOY, 2021, 60 pp.

#4 KRISTALLIKALLO
WSOY, 2022, 60 pp.

Age group:5+

Reading material:
Full English PDFs for books 1-3,
English text for book 4

The Little Shop of Nightmares Series

Magdalena Hai, illustrated by Teemu Juhani

Hilarious horror for younger middle-grade! Nine-year-old Nina does not get scared easily, but when she starts her job at the Little Shop of Nightmares she meets a bunch of weird characters – and befriends them!

✓  Super success: rights sold in 24 territories!

Nina is a clever, 9-year-old girl who goes to work in the Little Shop of Nightmares. During the course of the first three books, she has to solve a mystery with tickling powder, find the lost teeth of a vampire, and discover the reason why suddenly it just won’t stop snowing. The Little Shop of Nightmares is a mystery full of fascinating and fun characters that make young readers both wonder and laugh!

NEW: #4 The Crystal Skull
The Little Shop of Nightmares crew finds out that a pirate sailing competition is coming to town! Competing to be the fastest pirate ship are the Ghosts, the Zombies, the Sirens, and the Better Pirates – all of whom want the Crystal Skull that has been given to Mr. Kook for safekeeping at the Little Shop of Nightmares. When the Crystal Skull suddenly goes missing from the shop, little Nina and her friends start their investigation – and the suspects are a-plenty!

#1 The Terrible Tickling Powder
When Nina, a 9-year-old, enters The Little Shop of Nightmares in hopes of getting a job, she is greeted by an odd sight: shopkeeper Mr. Kook is rolling on the floor, unable to stop laughing. With a little help from a ghost called Paddy, they start looking for the untickling powder to help him, but things are certainly not made any easier by Mr. Kook’s world-domination-planning pet octopus Squishy McGoo, who is a bit too quick about getting into trouble with rollerblades on its tentacles.

#2 The Mystery of the Missing Teeth
Nina goes to buy ice cream after her first work day at The Little Shop of Nightmares. But at the ice cream shop she discovers a vampire – without teeth! Nina decides to help the vampire, Lucas, find his teeth from Mr. Kook’s shop. But, for some reason, all the vampire teeth seem to have disappeared. It seems like somebody has hidden them on purpose…

#3 Sticky the Terrible Snowman
The Little Shop of Nightmares is getting buried in snow! Nina and Paddy are trying to find the cause of the snowstorm, but that’s easier said than done. A well-meaning but horribly clumsy snowman keeps getting in their way and thwarting their every effort to stop it from snowing inside.

Enchanting series, well-written, with funny illustrations, stimulates children’s imagination. A delightful blend of fantasy and humor. The amazing illustrations on each page feature dynamic characters and unexpected goosebumps!
– Lindy Galatis, Editorial Director, Dioptra, Greece

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Rights sold:
FINLAND: WSOY (orig.)
ALBANIA: Muza
BULGARIA: Emas
CATALAN: La Galera
CZECH REPUBLIC: Euromedia
DENMARK: Vild Maskine
ESTONIA: Postimees Publishing
GERMANY: Egmont Schneiderbuch
GREECE: Dioptra
HUNGARY: Cerkabella
ITALY: Terre di Mezzo
KOREA: Gilbutschool
LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji
LITHUANIA: Briedis
NETHERLANDS: De Vier Windstreken
NORWAY: Fontini
POLAND: Znak
ROMANIA: Editura Univers
RUSSIA: Kompas Guide
SERBIA: Odiseja
SLOVAKIA: Ikar
SWEDEN: Hegas
TURKEY: Epsilon
WORLD SPANISH: La Galera

Middle grade

#3 ANNI KAVERINKESYTTÄJÄ SUOLAISILLA VESILLÄ
Tammi 2022, 128 pp.

#1 ANNI KAVERINKESYTTÄJÄ
Tammi 2020, 128 pp.

#2 ANNI KAVERINKESYTTÄJÄ PUNAISELLA MATOLLA
Tammi 2021, 120 pp.

Age group: 7+

Reading material:
Full English texts books 1-3

Anni the Friend Tamer series

Kaisa Paasto, illustrated by Mari Ahokoivu

Shy people of the world, unite!

✓  Rights sold to Germany and Albania!

NEW: #3 Anni the Friend Tamer in Salty Waters

Dealing with ghosts – and tricky cousins – is a lot more fun on a sunny island!

Get ready for some maritime vibes! If you like Vi på Saltkråkan (Seacrow Island) by Astrid Lindgren, this book may well be your new favorite.

Anni and her family spend the summer on a small island with her cousin’s family. Anni doesn’t remember her cousin Niko that well, but oh boy, does he turn out to be a pest. Niko keeps telling Anni about a ghost on the island, an old laundry lady who was also named Anni. Anni is not a gullible person, but when the evidence piles up, it’s hard not to be spooked… On a more fun note, a big treasure hunt is held on the island and Anni is determined to win it!

#1 Anni the Friend Tamer

Anni is a 10-year-old girl. When her friend Miisa moves abroad, Anni has a chilling realization: she has never had to find a new friend. Is it too late to learn how to make friends? Obviously, no one can learn a skill this big when they’re 10, can they? Anni also has another problem. Her new pet pig only wants to stay in his safe place, under the table. Good thing Anni’s brother has just had a back operation, as this means he has lots of time to lie in bed and dole out advice. Anni’s parents are alright as far as parents go, even if they laugh a bit too much at their own jokes.

So it’s not all bad – Anni just needs to become a ‘friend tamer’!

#2 Anni the Friend Tamer on the Red Carpet

Anni is inspired to do something good. Her class is shown a news clip about a hurricane in Brazil, and Anni sees a girl in it with a t-shirt exactly like one of her own. She must do something to help! Anni starts to make a movie with her friend Riia. The movie will be shown in the library auditorium to collect money for charity work in Brazil. But things don’t go as planned – the project is hijacked by “the pink girls”.

Anni’s mom, on the other hand, is having a career crisis, since her blog is not making money. But Anni can always be relied on for ideas! Anni learns that doing good is surprisingly easy – and surprisingly hard. The secret might actually be… teamwork.

Kaisa Paasto manages to carry out the inner emotional world of shy children, but at the same time effortlessly portrays the heroine as likable and self-confident. What immediately convinced us was the sweet little pig, which reflects the development of the protagonist: At first scared, strange, and a bit out of place, in the end an open, lovable friend. What a wonderful story!
– Laura Hänel, Editor, Loewe Verlag, German

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Rights sold:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
ALBANIA: Muza (books 1-2)
GERMANY: Loewe Verlag (books 1-3)

#1 SALMANTERIN TERTTU JA MINIMERIROSVOT
Otava, 2019, 140 pp.

#2 SALMANTERIN TERTTU JA HUIJAREIDEN KUNINGAS
Otava, 2020, 140 pp.

#3 SALMANTERIN TERTTU JA JUUSTOINEN MYSTEERI
Otava, June 2021, 144 pp.

#4 SALMANTERIN TERTTU JA SORKKARAUTAGAALA
Otava, May 2022, 144 pp.

Age group: 8+

Reading material:
English samples & synopses

Mabel Merryweather Series

Noora Kunnas, illustrated by Teemu Juhani

A fast and funny middle grade mystery series by a Finnish children’s book author who loves Roald Dahl and crazy stories!

✓  Series sold to 7 territories!

✓  Nominated for the Prix Chronos 2023 in Switzerland!

NEW! #4 Mabel Merryweather and the Crowbar Gala 

A bandit gathering at an awards gala causes havoc in town! The fourth title in this cracking detective series for middle-grade readers.

Nick and Lilly go camping and birdwatching on an island. Visiting Mabel’s inventor-friend Helga turns out to be anything but quiet when Pedro the Rooster vanishes. To boot, the news reports say that a bunch of bandits have escaped from prison.

Soon, they find out that the old factory building on the opposite shore is not being used for filming the newest season of a popular game show, but instead for organizing the Crowbar Gala, in which awards for the most successful bandits are given out. Without the wits of Nick, Lilly, and the mighty Mabel Merryweather, these goons would be able to continue on with their mischief.

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#1 Mabel Merryweather and the Miniature Pirates
Supergranny, a singing rooster, and mischievous mini pirates – a new series begins!

Nick and Lilly’s visit to their rule-loving, child-hating uncle turns into an adventure as the children get to know their exciting, eccentric neighbor: Mabel Merryweather. Mabel and her friends are preparing for a flower arranging competition, when the town is hit by a jewel thief. Nick, Lilly, and Mabel have their own problems as Mabel’s decorative miniature pirates have come to life and are rummaging through backyards. And what happened to the main judge of the competition – a pop singer Monika who disappeared that same day? Something must be done to bring peace and order back to the town of Dalton.

#2 Mabel Merryweather and King of Thieves
The wild gang is back! Nick, Lilly, Supergranny Mabel, and her talking rooster face a new enemy: an art hustler. The second book in a new middle-grade mystery series!

The town of Dalton is celebrating a local children’s poet’s 140th anniversary, and everyone is dressed up as a character from a poem. But amongst the happy people there is also a gentleman thief who has terrorized art museums all spring. Through many mistakes and misunderstandings, Nick and Lilly help the police catch the thief – and teach a lesson to a grumpy literary critic.

#3 Mabel Merryweather and Cheesy Mystery
The streets of Dalton have turned holey like Emmental cheese!

Mabel Merryweather’s friend Bruno and his goats have arrived from Switzerland to perform at the Dalton cheese festival. This fragrant event has attracted a lot of people to the venue, but to the horror of the townspeople, mysterious holes have started to appear on streets and courtyards at night. Who digs them – and why? The rumor spreads that the town is infested by aliens, but Lilly, Nick, and the mighty Mabel Merryweather don’t believe the gossip. With the help of yodeling goats, they dig up the truth.

As soon as we saw the covers, illustrations, and read reviews, we immediately fell in love with these stories! A detective mystery, magic, dynamic plot, humor, attractive characters, and beautiful illustrations by Teemu Juhani – all this helped us to make the quickest decision about the series.
– Darya Bozhko, Foreign Rights Manager, Children’s Books Department, EKSMO Publishing House, Russia

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FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
DENMARK: ABC Forlag
GERMANY: Mixtvision Verlag
HUNGARY: Pagony
ITALY: Terre di Mezzo
NETHERLANDS: Veltman Uitgevers
POLAND: Znak
RUSSIA: Eksmo

#3 AGNES JA VARJO IKKUNASSA
WSOY, May 2022

#1 AGNES JA UNIEN AVAIN
WSOY, March 2020, 200 pp.

#2 AGNES JA HUVILAN SALAISUUS 
WSOY, March 2021, 180 pp.

Age group: 9+

Reading material:
English samples & synopses

Agnes Series

Tuutikki Tolonen, illustrated by Kati Vuorento

Weird dreams, a mysterious graveyard, and hidden keys – Agnes has to follow the clues to solve a long forgotten family mystery

✓  Winner of LukuVarkaus Award 2021!

✓  Nominated for Arvid Lydecken Award 2021!

✓  Nominated for Runeberg Junior Award 2021!

 NEW! #3 Agnes and the Shadow in the Window

This acclaimed series continues!
Agnes and her mother have moved into their mysterious manor where summer camps are held. Suddenly, drawings that no one claims to have drawn appear during an arts summer camp. A strange shadow is captured by Agnes’s camera, as if someone is standing next to the window in the empty room. Does the manor have more secrets to share?

#1 Agnes and the Garden of Dreams

Moving to a new city is frightening enough for 11-year-old Agnes. But when she makes an exciting discovery at the local cemetery, the summer isn’t the same anymore! Everything began on that one summer day when Agnes walked through the cemetery gate. She had just moved to a boring new town and left behind her old home and friends. But then something strange happened and her life became more exciting than ever!

She finds a tombstone that has the name Agnes on it – and the same birthday as hers! From that day on, Agnes keeps having dreams of a girl who hides a key in a beautiful garden. When Agnes stumbles upon the same garden, she knows she must find the key. But what will it open?

#2 Agnes and the Mysterious Manor

Agnes’ adventures continue in this sequel that is both a ghost story and a family mystery. Agnes and her mother have inherited a beautiful old villa, but there seems to be something strange about it. There is a lovely scent of flowers in the air, even though there aren’t any flowers in the houses. Every morning, the lid of an old piano is found open even though no one has been playing it. More importantly, why can they hear steps on the staircase to the attic?

Agnes is a very charming story about friendship and family, it is gripping and heart-warming at the same time. Tuutikki Tolonen takes us to a place full of mysteries, and dreams and she creates an atmosphere where the reader immediately feels comfortable. We are very happy to welcome Agnes to our list!
– Wiebke Andersen, Editor, Carlsen Verlag, Germany

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FINLAND: WSOY (orig.)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Portál, s. r. o.
DENMARK: ABC Forlag
ESTONIA: Eesti Raamat
GERMANY: Carlsen Verlag
HUNGARY: Cerkabella
ROMANIA: Editura Paralela 45
RUSSIA: Rosman

PAAVALI PATTINEN, SUPERNOLO SUPERSANKARI 
Otava, August 2022

Age group: 8+

Reading material:
English sample & synopsis

Benjamin Bateman – Super Embarrassed Superhero

Hannele Lampela, illustrated by Pasi Pitkänen

What if your superhero costume looked like a butterfly and your only superpowers would be having a good heart and an imagination? Welcome to the embarrassing life of Benjamin Bateman!

✓  First joint title for award-winning and bestselling writer-illustrator super team Hannele Lampela and Pasi Pitkänen!

✓  Film in development!

The wholly hilarious and thrilling adventures of a super embarrassing superhero for middle-graders!

Benjamin Bateman is stunned when he finds out that he is part of a family of superheroes. Who would’ve believed that about poor Benjamin?

Benjamin’s superhero costume is quite embarrassing though – a butterfly. And his superpower is even more mortifying – having a good heart and an imagination! But when Benjamin must battle the terrifying Mortem, a deep imagination will come in handy.

The story is enriched by the colorful illustrations of Pasi Pitkänen.

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KURNIVAMAHAINEN KISSA 
Karisto 2017, 46 pp.

Age group: 5+

Reading material:
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Grumblebelly Cat

Magdalena Hai, illustrated by Teemu Juhani

Modern classic fairytale – Rights sold in 9 countries!

✓  Export Prize winner!

✓  Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize nominee!

✓  Arvid Lydecken Prize nominee!

✓  Runeberg Junior Prize nominee!

In a barren land, when a little girl meets a gigantic cat that threatens to devour her, she makes it a smart offer. The girl leads the cat across the lands, looking for something to satiate its hunger before it eats her, but they encounter drought, destruction, and people who have nothing to eat except their dreams. When the cat gobbles up the girl, she finds something in its belly, something that has made it so hungry…

Grumblebelly Cat is a classic fairytale about a contemporary subject. The detailed, monochrome illustrations by Teemu Juhani add another layer in the story.

Grumblebelly Cat is a classic story, a contemporary message accompanied by magical illustrations that will speak to everyone.
– Eleonora Armaroli, Editor, Terre di Mezzo, Italy

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FINLAND: Karisto (orig.)
DENMARK: Vild Maskine
ESTONIA: Tiritamm
GERMANY: Dressler/Oetinger Verlag
ITALY:  Terre Di Mezzo
NORTH MACEDONIA: Antolog
POLAND: Widnokrag
SWEDEN: Epix Bokförlag
TURKEY: Dogan Egmont

OBOIN KIRJA
Otava, January 2022, 304 pp.

Age group: 10+

Reading material:
English sample and synopsis

The Book of Oboi

Veera Salmi

In the city where nobody reads – can a book save the World? What about an orphaned boy who doesn’t believe in stories?

✓  Veera Salmi is the bestselling author of over 20 titles!

A spectacular novel about a world where literacy has been decimated and a boy who does not believe in stories.

Thirteen-year-old Oboi has run away to find his former homestead. He ends up in a peculiar and disaster-stricken city where no one knows how to read. People are led by the mysterious Wanda, who, via devices hooked up to one’s palm, says what everyone should know or do. At a flea market, Oboi meets a woman who gives him a book. According to her, this book can change everything and help find what Oboi thought was lost forever. Suddenly the story-averse Oboi notices he has become the hero, that orphaned boy deemed to save the whole world. 

In Veera Salmi’s youth novel fresh off the press, literacy is lost and people are controlled by technology – The Book of Oboi praises stories, adventure and dreams.
 – Keskipohjanmaa newspaper, Finland

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#1 MÖRKÖVAHTI
Tammi 2015, 300 pp.

#2 MÖRKÖREITTI
Tammi 2016, 285 pp.

#3 MÖRKÖVIESTI
Tammi 2020, 250 pp.

Age group: 7+

Reading material:
Book 1: English edition
Book 2-3: English sample & synopsis

 

Monster Nanny Trilogy

Tuutikki Tolonen, illustrated by Pasi Pitkänen

The Monstrous Mary Poppins – international bestseller with a Hollywood Film in development

✓  Rights sold in 34 territories!

✓  A feature film in development, co-produced by Ridley Scott!

#1 Monster Nanny
The Hellman children have been sent a nanny to look after them while their mother is at a spa. The only problem? Their nanny is a monster.

Grah is hairy, dusty, and doesn’t talk. When the siblings discover that other neighborhood kids have been left with similar creatures, they start to wonder where the monsters came from. With the parents away, the kids work together (between bickering) to figure out the mystery of the monsters.

#2 Monster Route
Mimi, 6 years old, has snuck into the monsters’ underground world after her monster friend Grah. She travels in their tunnels, led by the odd Gatekeeper. Back at home, Koby and Halley put their heads together and manage to get in touch with Mimi. But who is the mysterious and frightening ruler of the monster world?

#3 Monster Message
The Hellman kids face new troubles. Mom and Dad want to move into a bigger home on the other side of the city. When Mimi finds crumpled leaves with strange markings in her room, they look like messages from the underground, but who’s delivering them and why? And why does the Gatekeeper of the underground world appear in their bathroom?

The upbeat tone, oddball details, and Pitkänen’s humorous b&w cartoons combine to create a strange but entertaining romp that will surprise readers at every turn.
– Publishers Weekly, USA

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FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
AUSTRALIA: Allen & Unwin
ALBANIA: Westprint
BOSNIA: Šahinpašić
BRAZIL: DarkSide Books
CHINA: Beijing Children’s Publishing House
CROATIA: Znanje
CZECH REPUBLIC: Portál
DENMARK: Turbine
ESTONIA: Tiritamm
FRANCE: Editions Robert Laffont
GERMANY: Carl Hanser Verlag
GREECE: Patakis
HUNGARY: Tessloff Babilon
ITALY: Salani/Mauri Spagnol
KOREA: Seosawon
LATVIA: Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA: Nieko Rimto
NETHERLANDS: (print) Luitingh-Sijthoff
NETHERLANDS: (audio) Saga Egmont
NEW ZEALAND: Allen & Unwin
NORWAY: Gyldendal Norsk
OCEANIA: Allen & Unwin
POLAND: Vesper
PORTUGAL: Asa Editiones/Leya
ROMANIA: Univers
RUSSIA: Rosman
SERBIA: Laguna
SLOVENIA: Mladinska knjiga
SPAIN (Spanish): La Galera
SPAIN (Catalan): La Galera
SWEDEN: Rabén & Sjögren
TURKEY: SEV Redhouse Kidz
UKRAINE: School Publishing House
VIETNAM: Nha Nam
WORLD ENGLISH: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
FILM RIGHTS: Scott Free Productions

NEITI KYMENEN IHMEELLINEN TALO 
Otava, June 2020, 200 pp.

Age group: 7+

Reading material:
English sample & synopsis

Miss Swift’s Weird and Wonderful House

Magdalena Hai, illustrated by Teemu Juhani

Twelve monkeys, a matador ghost, and tigers in the garden – Miss Swift’s house has everything imaginable, except people. But why does she have three bedrooms ready for children?

✓  A fantastic standalone middle-grade title by the author and illustrator of the Little Shop of Nightmares series – sold to 24 territories!

Miss Swift lives happily alone in an extraordinary house. She isn’t completely alone, she has twelve monkeys, some garden tigers, and one ghost to keep her company. But when a little boy appears on her doorstep, Pekka and his two cousins are rummaging through her house, looking for their missing beast before Miss Swift even notices. And, if there’s anything Miss Swift despises in this world, it’s children.

But why does the house have so many bedrooms? And why are the children feeling so at home in Miss Swift’s house? Is there something she could have forgotten? Miss Swift’s Weird and Wonderful House is a new fantasy story for middle-grade readers full of funny details and fast-paced events. Teemu Juhani’s illustrations bring the house and its eccentric characters to life.

This is a book that will surely be read repeatedly in many families, and every time it will be just as enjoyable for both adults and children.
Maaseudun tulevaisuus newspaper, Finland

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RUSSIA: Eksmo
DENMARK: Vild Maskine

Young adult

VIHREÄN LOHIKÄÄRMEEN RISTEYS
Tammi, September 2022, 281 pp.

Age group: 12+

Reading material:
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The Crossing of the Green Dragon

Leena Lehtolainen

The Crossing of the Green Dragon is a YA thriller about loss and the power of friendship. About things that one doesn’t want to reveal to adults. About a world where fear and hope are entangled in each other, and where nobody makes it on their own.

✓  New YA thriller by Finland’s best-selling female crime writer!

✓  Why does the image of a green dragon appear on the wall – again and again?

Who has painted the image of a green dragon taking flight on the electronic box at the crossroads? Why does it keep appearing again and again, despite being washed and painted over? 

High school freshman Viggo knows that the original painting was done by his brother Joel shortly before his disappearance. Joel used to play Japanese mahjong and the green dragon was his favorite tile in the game. Joel has been missing for over two years and the police have no leads whatsoever. Did he leave of his own volition or is he the victim of a crime?

Selma and her friend Sennu Koivu used to go and see the painting. Sennu, the daughter of a Vietnamese Chinese mother, used to play an Eastern dragon in their childhood games and Selma the Western one. Together, the girls came up with the language of the dragons that nobody else could understand. Sennu has since passed away, and Selma often visits the dragon to seek connection with her deceased friend.

Selma’s sibling Savu has worries of their own. A gang idolizing roadman culture has managed to extort Savu to join them in stealing designed clothes. Selma doesn’t want to idly watch Savu’s demise. Can she gather the courage to share her worries with her former best friend’s father who works in the police department’s youth intervention unit?

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

SANG
WSOY, September 2022, 496 pp.

Age group: 15+

Reading material:
English sample in September

Sang

Elina Pitkäkangas

An epic novel about love and power in a fictional East Asia of the future! 

✓  The first novel in a new fantasy duology by the talented YA writer and TikTok star Elina Pitkäkangas!

✓  When a person’s value is determined by money and one’s happiness by family, what will be left when both are ripped away?

The state of Fusang is recovering from a war that ravaged the world. 16-year-old Kong Dawei, an earnest young man, is living in a poor mountain village and tries to pay his adopted siblings’ citizen dues by transporting contraband goods at night.

After a series of unfortunate events, Dawei ends up in the southern capital which is ruled by the cruel matriarch of the White Tiger Clan. When there is nothing else to lose, Dawei has only one goal: to get back to his loved ones – whatever it takes.

Sang is an addictive fantasy novel that travels through cold mountains and humid cities, noisy bazaars and opulent halls, and the world after the Black Rain, in which one’s value is measured in money.

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FINLAND: WSOY (orig.)

NORDIC HORROR SERIES
Tammi, 2022-

Age group: 15+

Reading material:
Full English text (Book 1) & English series presentation, Finnish PDFs (Books 1-4, 7)

Nordic Horror Series

A.R.S. Horkka

When the days are short, the nightmares are long. And your fears take a monstrous shape.

✓  YA horror series with 7 standalone novels with Nordic twist, launching first three titles in August 2022!

Consider the long, dark winters of the Nordics and the mythologies they breed. Add a dash of mystery, a touch of the supernatural, and a drop of murder. As a finishing touch, layer on frigid mists and a pervasive, creeping eeriness, and you end up with the perfect Nordic Horror series.
But if you look more closely, there is also kindness, friendship and romance in the mix!

Nordic Horror is an anthology series. Each novel introduces a new main character with a fast-paced, original, and fun-to-read plot from a different horror subgenre with a Nordic twist. Above all, each story is an honest and emotional study of its protagonists – of the fears that have made them who they are and how they still have to face their biggest fear of all, no matter what monstrous shape it takes.

The first season of seven books has been acquired by Tammi in Finland, and the first book, The Shivering, was published in Spring 2022.

NEW! Book 1: THE SHIVERING (June 2022)
I don’t live in the cold, the cold lives in me.

When six-year-old Armas loses his parents in a plane accident, he is sent to a remote orphanage in northern Lapland, where children are called “hot bloods” who need to be “cooled down.” What people don’t know is that by being “cooled down”, the children are actually losing their emotions to demons. To get his emotions back, Armas, now 16, has to kill each of these demons, including the oldest and most dangerous monster of them all – the demon queen called the Snow Lady.

NEW! Book 2: THE CLOCKWORK WHISPERER (August 2022)
Do clockwork zombies dream of steam sheep?

Two fifteen-year-old steam engineering cadets, Orca and Vapor, each make a death-defying trip to Helsinki, the Lead City, which is teeming with clockwork zombies and enemy soldiers, to retrieve their beloved mentor, Professor Aeris, the Imperial Clockwork Whisperer, and the Fire Stone, a magical object with the ability to heal the plague raging in the empire and end the war with the Blood Army.

NEW! Book 3: THE STAND-IN (August 2022)
The past haunts me. I haunt the past.

After a brain tumor diagnosis, 18-year-old Taika, an avid member of a historical reenactment group, develops a psychic connection to a medieval noblewoman, a Viking berserker, and a Finnish civil war photographer. Now, Taika must help them with their troubles, and they help her, to the point of curing her cancer. Ultimately, we learn that the ghost that has been haunting her has been herself all along.

Book 4: THE MURDER BALLADS (February 2023)
Never meet your death metal heroes.

The wannabe guitar slinger/vocalist Krista and her goofy heavy metal band break their idol, the iconic black metal singer and total nutcase Jennifer, out of a mental hospital to get their hands on her notorious demo tapes. But when the murder ballads come to life, Krista must find a way to undo the curse before the monsters kill them all.

Book 5: CHILDREN OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN (May 2023)
A Midsummer Day’s Nightmare – a disturbing classic

As punishment for using ancient forest magic, 16-year-old Dia, who suffers from Tourette syndrome, is sent to spend her summer holiday with her grandmother on a remote island, where she ends up solving a decades-old mystery involving the murder of several children but almost falls victim to a macabre Midsummer’s Eve ritual.

Book 6: THE BLACK BEETLE (July 2023)
The Ride of Your Life

Maija is 18 years old, friendless, and seriously ill. When she becomes the owner of a black VW Beetle, a car with an evil mind of its own and infamous for its connections to a series of recent murders, it unlocks her suppressed memories of being a 600-year-old vampire. Now she realizes that she must save her fellow vampires from a ruthless biotech company that is harvesting their blood to mass produce the elixir of youth.

Book 7: WERESONG (October 2023)
Connecting Werewolves

Nooa is a sensitive and quiet art student who is interested in costume design. But that all changes when a mysterious werewolf pelt comes into his possession. Passed down through the ages, it protects him and all of his reincarnations as he uses his newfound powers to fight against a vicious serial killer who wants to avenge his sister’s murder.

We are happy to offer our readers a new, fascinating, shivering, and appealing NORDIC HORROR series! Take a look at these covers – they engage and intrigue and attract eyes
– Alexey Smirnov, Foreign Rights Manager, Eksmo, Russia

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RUSSIA: Eksmo (Books 1-3)

MISTÄ VALO PÄÄSEE SISÄÄN

Otava, 2021, 320 pp.

Age group: 15+/Crossover

Reading material:
English sample and synopsis

Where the Light Comes In

Anne-Maija Aalto

What is a person if you take away their memory? Who determines what we believe? A captivating story of rebellion, hope, and humanity..

✓  Finlandia Prize winner – The best Children’s & Young Adult title in Finland 2021!

✓  Finlandia Prize audience favorite 2021!

Aleksei is a young man whose father runs a human research institute in Tokyo, which is now partly covered by the sea. New batches of test subjects regularly arrive at the facility, including one with Satomi, a young woman whose memory is set to be erased. Satomi becomes Aleksei’s trial case, since he is meant to continue his father’s work. But something is already churning beneath the surface, and the younger generation can see the horrors of the system their parents have created.

Finlandia Award winner Anne-Maija Aalto’s Where the Light Comes In is the dystopian love story of two very different characters with different values set in a water-covered former Japan. It is a stand-alone sequel to Aalto’s acclaimed novel Dragonfly and a tremendously skillful, captivating story of rebellion, hope and humanity. It was selected as the winner of the Finlandia Prize for Children’s & Young Adult Literature by futurist and non-fiction author Perttu Pölönen.

The narration is effortless, the world distant, yet timely. The great questions of humanity are present. The story elegantly invites young people to see how their relationships with their parents can change when they get to know them better.
– Perttu Pölönen, Futurist, Non-Fiction Author, Finlandia Prize Jury 

FINLANDIA WINNER!

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HUNGARY: Metropolis Media Group

#1 KOLMAS SISAR
Otava, 2018, 557pp.

#2 ISETIN SOLMU
Otava, September 2021, 687pp.

Age group: 14+

Reading material:
#1 English sample and synopsis
#2 English sample and synopsis

The Chronicles of Royaume

Magdalena Hai

Highly imaginative world-building and mythological storytelling in a YA Space-Witch series inspired by Hayao Miyazaki, Neil Gaiman and Diana Wynne Jones

✓  Finlandia Prize nominated series!

✓  A series partly based on Earth and partly on the witch planet, Royaume, where the eternal night reigns!

✓  Magdalena Hai’s works have been sold to over 25 countries!

#1 The Third Sister

The Third Sister is a fantastic, manga-inspired adventure and the first installment in a new series called The Royaume Chronicles.

Ciel and Lune are best friends and daughters of the two great witches of Royaume. Ciel, the daughter of the White Witch, is preparing for her rite of passage, the witch song ritual, which will show her true soul and future as a witch. When Ciel steps in front of the mirror of songs, a terrifying truth is revealed: she is a sanschant, a songless witch. The last sanschant there was, almost destroyed their whole world.

The girls must escape Royaume. They end up on Earth, where they find refuge in a school, run by a creature called Principal and attended by otherworldly students. One of them in particular, Niemann, rocks Lune’s boat. Who is Niemann, why can’t Lune resist him? In Royaume, the White Witch is doing everything she can to relocate her daughter. The fate of their world is again at stake.

#2 The Spell of Iset 

What happens to Earth when the elves return? The magnificent fantasy adventure continues. 

After battling the great witches, Lune seeks to understand her mysterious power and erratic boyfriend Niemann. At the same time, the Elven forest gate opened by Lune has begun to live its own life. The beautiful Elven people are now flowing back to Earth from which they had been banished by the Principal. In Royaume, the Black Witch makes a grand re-entrance, but for the first time in a thousand years a rebellion is smoldering in the realm. The brilliant Minuit is stalked by a different kind of threat – a new court witch who wants nothing less than her heart. 

The first installment of the series, The Third Sister, was nominated for the Finlandia Prize in Children’s and Youth Literature.

The clever and entertaining novel lures the reader into its magical world, and doesn’t let go. The layered, surprising, and multi-level story slowly unfolds and reveals its secrets. The language and worlds of the work, the intriguing rhythm, and the description of the person form a delicious and intact whole.
– Finlandia Prize Jury on The Third Sister

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MYRSKYNSILMÄ
WSOY, 2020,  397pp.

Age group: 12+

Reading material:

English sample & synopsis

Stormseye

Meri Luttinen

A beautiful historical fantasy adventure set in an ancient Finnish fantasy world where a young woman finds her place in society

✓  Topelius Prize Winner 2020!

✓  Nominated for Finlandia Prize for Children’s & YA literature 2020!

✓  Nominated for Kuvastaja prize for best Fantasy Novel 2020!

✓  Nominated for Nuori Aleksis prize!

✓  Rights sold in Russia and Hungary!

On the white night of the summer solstice, 16-year-old Kainu stands at the edge of rings of earth drawn on the ground in her coming of age ritual. Young girls in her village discover their future role in life by taking part in this ancient “rite of the rings”. The rings they land on determine their role in the community, as matrons, mothers, or craftswomen.

The five inner rings are reserved for shamans and sages, and no one has landed on the innermost ring, the tenth ring, in over 500 years. However, when Kainu enters the innermost ring, that of a Great Sage, heavy responsibilities fall on her, and she has to go on a long journey to find out who she really is.

 

Placed in an Ancient Finnish fantasy world, this debut novel is an excellent story of personal growth, dealing with themes of loneliness, being different, and overcoming your own fears.
– The Jury of the Topelius Prize

TOPELIUS WINNER!

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HUNGARY: Europa Kiado
RUSSIA: Eksmo

#1 MARESI
Schildts & Söderströms 2014, 180 pp.

#2 NAONDEL
Förlaget 2016, 400 pp.

#3 BREVEN FRÅN MARESI
Förlaget 2018, 300 pp. 

Age group: 12+

Reading material:

English PDFs

The Red Abbey Chronicles

Maria Turtschaninoff

The Red Abbey Chronicles is a historically-inspired feminist fantasy saga, aimed at young adult audiences.

✓  Rights sold in 30 territories!

✓  International TV series in development!

#1 Maresi
The Red Abbey is a refuge for women and girls where everyone pursues their own areas of interest. Maresi prefers