Miss Swift’s Weird and Wonderful House

Reading material

English sample and synopsis

Original title: Neiti Kymenen ihmeellinen talo

Published: 2020 Summer

Publisher: Otava

Class/genre: Middle-Grade

Pages: ~200

Illustrated by Teemu Juhani

Twelve monkeys, a matador ghost and tigers in the garden – Miss Swift’s house has everything imaginable, except people. But why does she have three bedrooms ready for children?

Miss Swift lives happily alone in an extraordinary house. And she is not completely alone, she has twelve monkeys, some garden
tigers and one ghost to keep her company. But when a little boy appears on her doorstep, before Miss Swift even notices it Pekka and his two cousins are rummaging through her house, looking for their missing beast. And if there’s anything Miss Swift despises in this world it is children.

But why does the house have so many bedrooms? And why are the children feeling so home at Miss Swifts house? Is there
something she could have forgotten?


Miss Swift’s Weird and Wonderful House is a new fantasy story for middle-grade readers full of funny details and fast-paced events. Teemu Juhani’s illustrations bring the house and its eccentric characters to life.

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

”This is a book that is surely read repeatedly in many families, and every time it’s enjoyable for both adults and children.”

– Maaseudun tulevaisuus newspaper


”A clever book, and an amazing reading experience in so many levels. It gives the readers, young and old ones, a lot to think about on making mistakes, admitting them, facing fears – and the concept of time. One can learn important emotional skills from this book.” – Kirjakissa blog


”Miss Swift’s Weird and Wonderful House is a most wonderfully weird story all children will love for its marvelous adventure and humor. The monkeys are simply irresistible.”

– Kristina Hlaváčková, Editor, Grada, Czech Republic

Magdalena Hai

Magdalena Hai is a lover of cross genre fiction and all things strange, and her fiction often combines elements of sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Besides writing Hai teaches writing and is an active member and editor in the publishing co-operative Osuuskumma.


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