Sisterland

Reading material

English sample & synopsis
Finnish edition

Original title: Sisarla

Published: 2016

Publisher: Tammi

Class/genre: Middle-Grade

Pages: 200

Prizes:

LukuVarkaus Prize 2017
Tampere Prize 2016

A middle-grade fantasy story with echoes of Frozen and The Snow Queen 

That winter it starts snowing and it never seems to end. Eleven-year-old Alice falls through the snow and lands in the summery world of Sisterland – in a much awaited adventure!

In the heart of Sisterland lies a wonderful garden full of all kinds of peculiar creatures: wind fairies, dream weavers and asking flowers. And in one tree, on a swing, is Marissa. All Alice has ever wanted is a best friend and now her dream has come true! But the girls have not ended up in Sisterland by coincidence. They must find the queen who rules  Sisterland to end the endless snowfall in their own world. However, Alice faces the hardest task when Marissa seems to have forgotten about their friendship.

Sisterland is a story about soul sisters. It’s also a story about the Garden of Secrets, the Sea of Eyes, wolvenflies, about breaking mirrors and freezing splinters.


Rights sold:

FINLAND, Tammi (Original publisher)
ARAB WORLD, Arab Scientific Publishers
BELGIUM, Clavis
CHINA, Hunan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
ESTONIA, Pegasus
FRANCE, Hachette Livre
JAPAN, Nishimura
LATVIA, Zvaigzne
NETHERLANDS, Clavis
UNITED STATES, Random House

Sisarla is an action-packed fantasy that propels readers into another world. Behind the fun and fairytale is a more serious message that reminds us not to forget the playfulness of childhood, even in the depths of adolescence.  – Mari Viertola, Turun Sanomat newspaper, Finland

“Its originality lies in its characters; the dream-weavers, silly-hops, asking-flowers, and many more.” – Helena Miettinen, Etelä-Suomen Sanomat newspaper, Finland

“Sisarla is a bewitching, traditional fairy story; the kind that are always needed but rarely written. […] The book makes apparent Simukka’s majestic authorial skills: a developing plot, lively setting, protagonists identifiable as characters, and written in beautiful, readable language.” – Marjaana Roponen, Pohjolan Sanomat newspaper, Finland ****

“It’s uniqueness lies in Sisterland’s imaginary folk, dream weavers, wind fairies, asking-flowers and many others.”
 Keskisuomalainen newspaper, Finland

Sisterland, the children’s novel written by Salla Simukka and illustrated by Saku Heinänen, is amazing. In the wonderland of the book there are talking flowers, wind fairies who act according to wind directions and a wolvenfly, who shifts shape from a dragonfly to a wolf. The book refers to The Snow Queen, Frozen and of course to Alice in Wonderland, but is quite in a class of its own.” – Suomen kuvalehti magazine, Finland

“An exciting, fun and playful book.” – Dysphoria book blog, Finland

Sisterland’s gripping children’s story – especially Simukka’s imaginary world with all its inhabitants – is unbelievably great. Saku Heinänen’s stunning black-and-white images suit the story very well.” – Luetaanko tämä blog, Finland

“This has the same magic as the classics.” – Kieltenopen blog, Finland

“…wonderful and enchanting.” – Lukutoukan kulttuuriblogi blog, Finland

…(in Sisterland) Simukka’s language glows in a whole new way. The descriptions of fairytale places are like music to the ears as the story develops. Saku Heinänen’s monochrome illustrations are are once strong yet delicate.” – Sinisen linnan kirjasto blog, Finland

“The novel’s theme – friendship and its significance – was rather pleasing to me.” Oksan hyllyltä blog, Finland

“The plot flows effortlessly and the language of the story is beautiful. The powers of imagination and friendship are at the core of the novel. Especially magnificent is the way Simukka writes about girls, friendship and strength.”– Ibby Finland blog, Finland

Sisterland has all the defining qualities of a middle-grade novel. For a reader of 8 or 9 years, the 11-year-old Alice and Marissa are great protagonists. They are righteous and caring. From a child’s point of view, they’re “old enough for an independent adventure” and yet at the same time young enough to be identifiable for younger readers. Also the lovely owl called Raven is a fun, pompous character of the kind that’s needed in every adventure. The book is exciting and not too scary.” – Pikun kirjablogi blog, Finland

Salla Simukka


Salla Simukka is the author of the international success story The Snow White Trilogy: rights are sold in 52 territories and in Hollywood. She has written several novels for young readers and her accolades include the Topelius Prize 2013 and the Finland Prize 2013.

Previously Simukka has written book reviews for the newspapers, translated all kinds of texts into Finnish, worked an editor at a literary magazine and as a screenwriter for a popular TV show for young audiences. These days she writes books for young adults and children, and travels the world talking about them.

Bibliography


Salla Simukka

As Red as Blood

2013, Young Adults


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As White as Snow

2013, Young Adults


Salla Simukka

As Black as Ebony

2014, Young Adults


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Elsewhere

2012, Young Adults


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Without a Trace

2012, Young Adults


Salla Simukka

When Angels look away

2002/2015, Young Adults


Salla Simukka

Minute Waltz

2004/2015, Young Adults

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