We are thrilled to announce that Altin Kitaplar, publisher of Stephen King and Salla Simukka, has acquired Turkish rights to Maresi, Part I in the Red Abbey Chronicles by Maria Turtschaninoff. Rights are now sold in eight languages, most recently in Canada (in French)!
“I am especially excited about the recent sale to Turkey. Not only do I get to join the same publishing house as Salla Simukka and Stephen King, but Maresi will also reach a whole new audience! It is very humbling to me that readers from so many different countries will be able to know and, hopefully fall in love with, Maresi.“
– Maria Turtschaninoff
Maresi won the 2014 Finlandia Junior Prize, the highest accolade given to a children’s or YA book in Finland. The book has also been nominated for the 2015 Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize.
Set in a historically inspired fantasy world, the three-part Red Abbey Chronicles tell the story of a community of women who provide a refuge for girls who have suffered hardships in their own communities. In Part I, main character Maresi prefers to spend her time in the world of books – until she has to step up to protect a new Red Abbey arrival escaping an unthinkable trauma. Naondel, Part II in the Red Abbey Chronicles and a prequel to Maresi, will publish in Finland in 2016.
Praise from international publishers:
“I was blown away by Maresi, quite simply. Maria Turtschaninoff has written an incredibly original, vivid and gripping story with appeal not only for YA readers but far beyond. And embedded in the story is a passionate feminist voice that I strongly believe will resonate with a wide variety of readers, young adult and adult alike. I’ve no doubt that Maresi and The Red Abbey Chronicles as a whole will become classics of the genre.”
– Adam Freudenheim, Publisher and Managing Director, Pushkin Press/Pushkin Children’s Books
“Maresi is a powerful, intelligent and utterly thrilling adventure story with a strong and timely feminist message. Set in a beautifully drawn fantasy world, this story is as compelling as it is challenging, and I devoured it in one sitting. I’m sure many, many more readers will be doing the same over the coming years.”
– Daniel Seton, Commissioning Editor, Pushkin Press/Pushkin Children’s Books
”Maresi takes the reader into a world full of wonder. And, most importantly, it tells us about the magical power of friendship. A truly enchanting story.“
– Stefanie Brösigke, Junior Editor, Heyne Verlag, Germany
RIGHTS SOLD: MARESI
Original publisher: FINLAND, Schildts & Söderströms
CANADA (French), Editions de la Bagnole/Groupe Livres Quebecor Media
GERMANY, Random House/Heyne
ROMANIA, Editura Univers
TURKEY, Altin Kitaplar
WORLD ENGLISH, Pushkin Press
Reading materials: The Red Abbey Chronicles
Book I, Maresi:
Full English text
Book II, Naondel: