Messages from the Other Side

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English sample
English synopsis
Finnish edition

Original title: Viestejä Koomasta

Published: 2016

Publisher: Tammi

Class/genre: Young Adults

Pages: 210

Silva’s best friend Jemina talks her into all sorts of things: shoplifting, bullying and dangerous dares. It’s the summer before the ninth grade, when Jemina dares Silva to jump off a bridge to impress the boys. She jumps – and everything goes black.

Silva wakes up in an ethereal place called Coma. The place is inhibited by people lingering in the liminal space between life and death. They are visited by those who have already passed on: sometimes the deceased come to fetch them, sometimes they ask them to deliver messages to the living.

When Silva wakes up in a hospital, she has her head full of messages: “Take the stones away from your pockets.” But can she remember who the message was for, and is it too late already?

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.


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