Italian rights to The Red Abbey Chronicles by Maria Turtschaninoff sold to Atmosphere Libri!

MaresiNewsletterOct272015We are very happy to announce that Atmosphere Libri, an independent publisher of both Italian and quality translated fiction, has acquired Italian rights to Maresi (Schildts & Söderströms 2014) as well as two upcoming titles in The Red Abbey Chronicles by Maria Turtschaninoff. Rights to Maresi are now sold in 11 territories!

“Maresi deals with the compelling theme of human identity and ego; of finding yourself and your own purpose. This is an exciting topic for any young reader.”
– Mauro Di Leo, publisher, Atmosphere Libri

In addition to being awarded the 2014 Finlandia Junior Prize, the highest accolade given to a Finnish children’s or YA book, Maresi was nominated for the 2015 Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize.

Naondel, the prequel to Maresi and Part II in The Red Abbey Chronicles, will arrive in Finnish bookstores next year. The UK edition of Maresi will be published by Pushkin Press in January of 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…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.”
– 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

About The Red Abbey Chronicles by Maria Turtschaninoff:

Maresi, Book I: The Red Abbey is a refuge for women and girls where everyone pursues their own areas of interest. Maresi prefers to spend her time reading and learning. Everything changes when the frightened Jai arrives on the island. She has seen her sister get buried alive for speaking to a young man, and her father and a crew of thugs are after her. Maresi and her friends have to fight to defend both Jai and their community.

A prequel to Maresi, Book II, Naondel (Schildts & Söderströms) will tell the story of the First Sisters, and how they came to flee a harem in the faraway Eastern Lands and eventually establish the Red Abbey.

A sequel to Maresi, Book III (Schildts & Söderströms) will follow Maresi after she leaves the Red Abbey and sets out to establish a school in the oppressed province of Rovas.

Original publisher: FINLAND, Schildts & Söderströms
CANADA (French), Editions de la Bagnole/Groupe Livres Quebecor Media
DENMARK, Turbine
GERMANY, Random House/Heyne
ITALY, Atmosphere Libri
ROMANIA, Editura Univers
SWEDEN, Berghs
TURKEY, Altin Kitaplar
WORLD ENGLISH, Pushkin Press

Reading materials: The Red Abbey Chronicles
Book I, Maresi:
Full English text
Swedish edition
Finnish edition
Book II, Naondel:
English synopsis


About author

Maria Turtschaninoff

Maria Turtschaninoff is known for crafting lyrical, historically inspired fantasy stories starring strong female protagonists. In addition to J.R.R. Tolkien, she counts Philip Pullman, Ursula K. Le Guin and C.S. Lewis among her favorite authors. She is a two-time winner of the Society of Swedish Literature Prize, winner of the Swedish YLE Literature Prize, winner of the Thank You for the Book Award, a nominee for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (2020-2024), and winner of the 2014 Finlandia Junior Prize.

Her Red Abbey Chronicles YA trilogy has been sold into 30 languages, while her first adult novel Inherited Land has been sold to 23 territories. Maria has a Master of Arts in human ecology and works full-time as a writer.


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