Finlandia Junior Prize winner Maresi conquers the world + other December deals!

January_CHYAdeals2015newsletterFor many of our children’s and YA authors, the end of 2014 signaled new breakthroughs in various international territories.

Maria Turtschaninoff’s Finlandia Junior Prize -winning Maresi (Schildts & Söderströms 2014) and upcoming Books II and III in the Red Abbey Chronicles were sold in the World English territories to Pushkin Press. In Germany Maresi was sold to Random House/Heyne. Rights were previously sold in Sweden to Berghs, in Denmark to Turbine, and Romania to Editura Univers.

”I was blown away by Maresi, quite simply…I’ve no doubt that Maresi and The Red Abbey Chronicles as a whole will become classics of the genre.”
– Adam Freudenheim, Publisher and Managing Director of Pushkin Press/Pushkin Children’s Books.

French-language rights to five books in the Storm Sisters YA pirate series by Mintie Das (Rovio Books 2014) were acquired by Éditions Robert Laffont. Rights were previously sold in Finland to Tammi Publishers and on Indonesia to Gramedia.

”A refreshing combination of strong girls with big hearts, action, humor, romance and political intrigue across the Seven Seas, Storm Sisters had us hooked from the first page. Long live the Pirettes!”
– Glenn Tavennec, Éditions Robert Laffont, Publisher of the Collection “R” imprint

French rights to the first six books in Sinikka Nopola and Tiina Nopola’s mega-selling Ricky Rapper middle-grade series (Tammi) were sold to Pocket Jeunesse, France’s second most important children’s publisher. Editors Natacha Derevitsky and Alice Saint Guilhem called Ricky Rapper ”the star of Finland’s children’s literature.”

Rights to the Ricky Rapper series have now been sold in 18 languages. The fifth Ricky Rapper film, which is poised to become a major box office hit like the previous four adaptations, will premiere in Finland in February.

RIGHTS SOLD: MARESI
Original publisher: FINLAND, Schildts & Söderströms
DENMARK, Turbine
FINLAND, Tammi
GERMANY, Random House/Heyne
ROMANIA, Editura Univers
SWEDEN, Berghs
WORLD ENGLISH, Pushkin Press

Reading materials: The Red Abbey Chronicles
Book I, Maresi:
Full English text
Swedish edition
Finnish edition
Book II, sequel to Maresi:
English synopsis

RIGHTS SOLD: THE STORM SISTERS SERIES
FINLAND, Tammi (Books 1-2)
FRANCE, Éditions Robert Laffont (Books 1-5)
INDONESIA, Gramedia (Books 1-2)

Reading materials: Storm Sisters
Full English text of Book 1
Synopses of Books 1-2

RIGHTS SOLD: THE RICKY RAPPER SERIES
Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
ARABIC, Dar al Saqi
BRAZIL, SDS Editora
BULGARIA, Faber
CHINA (simplified Chinese), Beijing Xiron Books
DENMARK, Turbine
DENMARK, Carlsen
ESTONIA, Varrak
FINLAND (Sámi), ABC-Company
FRANCE, Pocket Jeunesse (6-book deal)
HUNGARY, Cerkabella
JAPAN, Komine Shoten
LATVIA, Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA, Nieko Rimto
POLAND, Foksal
SLOVENIA, Sodobnost
SPAIN, Santillana
SWEDEN, Bonnier Carlsen
TURKEY, Altin Kitaplar

Reading materials: Ricky Rapper
Book 1: German sample
Book 3: English sample
Book 12: Full English text, Spanish edition
Book 13: Full German text, English sample
Book 14: English sample

For rights inquiries contact: info@ahlbackagency.com

Maria Turtschaninoff


 

Maria Turtschaninoff is known for crafting lyrical, historically inspired fantasy stories starring strong female protagonists. In addition to J.R.R. Tolkien, she counts Philip Pullman, Ursula K. Le Guin and C.S. Lewis among her favorite authors. She is a two-time winner of the Society of Swedish Literature Prize, a nominee for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and winner of the 2014 Finlandia Junior Prize. Maria has a Master of Arts in human ecology and works full-time as a writer.

Mintie Das


Mintie Das (b. 1976) was born in India and raised in the U.S., but has traveled around the globe. She resides in Helsinki, Finland. She has 15 years of experience in corporate PR and marketing, and she has also worked as an editor. Her first book, Storm Sisters: The Sinking World, produced in collaboration with Rovio Books, has drawn international attention. In February of 2015 it was one of only 11 entries selected for Books at Berlinale, an annual event that introduces film producers to new literary works with strong potential for the big screen.