Turn Off the Lights! Turn On the Lights!

Rights sold:

WORLD ENGLISH: HarperCollins

CROATIA: Planetopia
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
FINLAND: Gummerus
FRANCE: Editions Leduc.s

Original title: Sammuta valot! Sytytä valot!

Author: Salla Simukka

Illustrator: Salla Simukka

Published: 2018

Publisher: Tammi

Class/genre: Young Adults

Pages: ~250 pp.

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Finnish manuscript
English sample
English synopsis

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A collection of ”little awesome stories and little awful stories” from Finland’s internationally most successful YA author.

What is the most awful or the most awesome thing that has happened to you? Salla Simukka’s anticipated new book includes little awful stories and little awesome stories about young people’s lives. Why are under-fifteens not allowed in the basement? What happened in Dog’s Head Park? Who makes nightly visits in Klara’s solitary confinement room? What does it take to make out with lights on?

The flip book Turn Off the Lights! Turn On the Lights! shows the both sides of the matter; the stories mirror each other in surprising and exhilarating ways, and the genres range from horror to romance to sci-fi and realism.

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
LATVIA: Zvaigzne


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”You can flip the book and choose to read beautiful stories or awful stories. Both sides grasp something quintessential about being a young adult.” – Suomen kuvalehti magazine

”The Dark side of the book can be a frightening experience for readers all age. – – The other side – ’Lights on’ – is pure joy!” – Etelä-Suomen sanomat newspaper

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.


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