Seeing the Forest for the Trees

Original title: Päin mäntyä

Published: 2010

Publisher: Tammi

Class/genre: Young Adults

Pages: 300

A genuine, touching portrait of young people whose development and emotions are at their most frenzied.

16-year-old Miro is starting his studies in a forestry school, even though he doesn’t think that he’ll ever become a professional forester. Behind this defiant decision is the desire to get away from an increasingly dangerous circle of friends and his father’s authority. Miro, the snowboarding enthusiast is more into hanging out at the Kalla ski center, where things take a different turn when he falls head-over-heels for Aava, the girl for whom environmentalism is a matter of the heart.

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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