The Duskspinner

Reading material

English sample & synopsis
Finnish edition

Original title: Hämärinkäinen

Published: 2015

Publisher: Karisto

Class/genre: Picture Book

Pages: 32 pp.


Finlandia Junior Prize nominee 2015

The Duskspinner is about a tiny creature who weaves darkness. It’s an important job: after twilight falls the nocturnal creatures can start their shifts. But there’s someone who hates the Duskspinner: florist Keikander’s flowers need more light! Keikander decides to break the Duskspinner’s loom, but he doesn’t understand the consequences of his actions…

“The Duskspinner is a fascinatingly inspiring anomaly within children’s books.”
– Yle, the Finnish public broadcasting company

“…enchantingly beautiful world, rarely seen in children’s picture books. The book is a joy to read for its unique atmosphere.”
– Finlandia Junior Prize jury on The Duskspinner

Mila Teräs

MILA TERÄS has written several books for children, young adults and adults, and been nominated for the prestigious Finlandia Junior and Topelius prizes. She often incorporates fantasy and historical elements into her realistic work.

Mila Teräs has been nominated for several prizes, like for the prestigious Topelius Prize in 2006 & 2013, and for the Anni Polva Prize in 2013. She was shortlisted for IBBY honors list 2007, and her and Karoliina Pertamo’s previous collaborations were nominated for the most renowned children’s literary prize in Finland, the Finlandia Prize, in 2014 and 2015.

Two books from Mila Teräs’ middle-grade Telma series have been translated into German. She has written for kids, youngsters and adults.


Mila Teräs

The Fox Who Painted the Sky

2017, Picture Book

Mila Teräs

The Witch Mirror

2016, Middle-Grade

Mila Teräs

The Lost City

2019, Middle-Grade

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