Topelius Prize for Salla Simukka!

Salla Simukka has been awarded with the Topelius Prize for her novels Without a Trace (Jäljellä, Tammi 2012) and Elsewhere (Toisaalla, Tammi 2012) in Helsinki today. Established in 1946, the Topelius Prize is Finland’s oldest prize in recognition of the best Finnish book for children and young people. These days, the prize is awarded for the best youth novel.

Jury’s motivations:

Salla Simukka’s novels  form an integrated whole. Both works resonate with important themes regarding individuals – such as daring to be yourself – as well as society, including the pressure to succeed, power and freedom of choice. The books also take a stance on the values of the contemporary world. For too many young people, the virtual world becomes all too real. Salla Simukka portrays family relationships in a realistic, non-sensationalised way, without any great entanglements. This allows the book’s main storyline to remain strong.

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Salla Simukka is the author of the international success story The Snow White Trilogy: rights are sold in 52 territories and in Hollywood. She has written several novels for young readers and her accolades include the Topelius Prize 2013 and the Finland Prize 2013.

Previously Simukka has written book reviews for the newspapers, translated all kinds of texts into Finnish, worked an editor at a literary magazine and as a screenwriter for a popular TV show for young audiences. These days she writes books for young adults and children, and travels the world talking about them.

Bibliography


Salla Simukka

Sisterland

2016, Middle-Grade


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As Red as Blood

2013, Young Adults


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As White as Snow

2013, Young Adults


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As Black as Ebony

2014, Young Adults


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Elsewhere

2012, Young Adults


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Without a Trace

2012, Young Adults


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When Angels look away

2002/2015, Young Adults


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Minute Waltz

2004/2015, Young Adults


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Turn Off the Light! Turn On the Light!

2018, Young Adults

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