Simplified Chinese rights to The Red Abbey Chronicles by Maria Turtschaninoff sold to Shanghai 99!

MaresiNewsletterOct272015We are thrilled to announce that Shanghai 99 Readers’ Culture has acquired Simplified Chinese rights to the Finlandia Junior Prize-winning Maresi (Schildts & Söderströms 2014) along with two upcoming volumes in The Red Abbey Chronicles by Maria Turtschaninoff.  Rights are now sold in 13 territories!

“The Red Abbey’s fantastic world still completely haunts us. Maresi is a powerful ode to knowledge, friendship and solidarity as tools that can protect us from a dangerous world.”
– Gloria Masdeu, Rights Manager, Shanghai 99 Readers Culture

Shanghai 99 was founded in 2004 and focuses on literature from around the world. Among its other authors are J.K. Rowling, Stieg Larsson, Paul Auster and Michael Chabon.

Rights to The Red Abbey Chronicles were also recently sold in the U.S. to Abrams, publisher of Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid series. Pushkin Press will launch the UK edition of Maresi in January of 2016. See here for a rave advance review in The Guardian!

“Turtschaninoff weaves in fantasy with feminism, creating a spellbinding read that is completely unputdownable.”
– Lucyal99, Guardian children’s books site teen reviewer

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
CHINESE (Simplified), Shanghai 99 Readers’ Culture
DENMARK, Turbine
GERMANY, Random House/Heyne
ITALY, Atmosphere Libri
ROMANIA, Editura Univers
SWEDEN, Berghs
TURKEY, Altin Kitaplar

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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