We 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.
RIGHTS SOLD: MARESI
Original publisher: FINLAND, Schildts & Söderströms
CANADA (French), Editions de la Bagnole/Groupe Livres Quebecor Media
CHINESE (Simplified), Shanghai 99 Readers’ Culture
GERMANY, Random House/Heyne
ITALY, Atmosphere Libri
ROMANIA, Editura Univers
TURKEY, Altin Kitaplar
UNITED KINGDOM, Pushkin Press
UNITED STATES, Abrams
Reading materials: The Red Abbey Chronicles
Book I, Maresi:
Full English text
Book II, Naondel: