Annika Luther, Sari Peltoniemi and Marja-Leena Tiainen nominated for the Topelius Prize

The Topelius Prize selection jury has nominated Annika Luther’s City of the Homeless, Sari Peltoniemi’s I Hear the Call of Forest Magic and Marja-Leena Tiainen’s Between Two Worlds for the Topelius Prize 2012.

Awarded annually since 1946, the Topelius Prize is Finland’s oldest literary prize in recognition of the best Finnish book for children and young people. The prize is awarded annually for the best youth novel by The Finnish Union of authors writing for children, youngsters and young adults.  The winner will be announced on 13 January 2012.

Congratulations to the nominees!

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Marja-Leena Tiainen


Marja-Leena Tiainen is one of the most respected and beloved Finnish YA authors, with more than 30 children’s and young adults’ novels under her belt. She often tackles difficult themes such as death, racism or teenage pregnancy in her novels, which by no means lack in emotional depth. Her numerous accolades include the Topelius Prize and two nominations for the ALMA.

Sari Peltoniemi


Sari Peltoniemi is a versatile and respected author who writes for children, young adults, and adults. She has also written lyrics and played the bass in the Noitalinna huraa! band. Peltoniemi’s texts have the ability to transform even the most ordinary into extraordinary and everyday life into an adventure. Peltoniemi says she writes organic fantasy that combines everyday reality with the countless possibilities of the imagination.