Hearts of Khao Lak

Original title: Khao Lakin sydämet

Published: 2013

Publisher: Tammi

Class/genre: Young Adults

Pages: 237

The YA novel tells the survival story of 15-year-old Emma who has lost her family and gotten severely injured in the 2004 tsunami in Thailand. Emma now revisits Thailand with her grandparents to find the local man who rescued her from the water masses. Entwining memories and events of the past and present get even more touching when Emma meets Lukas, a Swede who is a tsunami survivor himself. They immediately feel connected, grief relieves its grip, and soon there’s romance in the air…

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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