We are all beyond excited to see As Red as Blood, Salla Simukka’s bestselling, global sensation featuring feisty protagonist, Lumikki Andersson, published in North America today (17 January) in a beautiful hardback edition by Crown Books for Young Readers/Random House, translated by Owen F. Witesman.
Already sold into 52 territories to date, As Red as Blood has received the holy trinity of starred reviews; is being hailed by Publisher’s Weekly as a new star in Scandinavian literature; and Salla featured in the leading daily newspaper, USA Today’s ‘Happy Ever After’ column. See below for full details.
“Limned in stark red, white, and black, this cold, delicate snowflake of a tale sparkles with icy magic.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Simukka creates a tough, self-sufficient heroine in seventeen-year-old Lumikki Andersson in this first book in the Snow White Trilogy…Fans of Nesbø and Larsson won’t be disappointed.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“[A] YA novel in the tradition of Nordic noir—edgy crime novels set in frigid lands.” —Booklist, starred review
“A compelling start, a strong female character, the rich background setting of Finland, and a hint of a Snow White retelling are highlights of this work.” —School Library Journal
“The Arctic setting of this import is used to full advantage, evoking a chilling mood and strewing genuine frigid weather obstacles in Lumikki’s way…The first entry in Simukka’s Snow White trilogy will tempt mystery readers back for more.” — The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“While for years the Moomins and Pippi Longstocking have been the most influential literary exports out of Scandinavia, since the runaway success of the Nordic noir series The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, publishers’ eyes have been on literature from the north. And several recent and forthcoming titles feature the work of creators across the Nordic nations, going beyond YA noirs, and branching into middle grade and picture books.
As Red as Blood
Salla Simukka, trans. from the Finnish by Owen F. Witesman (Crown, Jan. 2017, hardcover, $17.99, 978-1-5247-1341-6).
Finnish author Simukka creates a tough, self-sufficient heroine in 17-year-old Lumikki Andersson in this first book in her Snow White Trilogy. Film rights have been bought by L.A. production company Zero Gravity. Crown will publish the rest of Simukka’s trilogy, and the author also has a forthcoming middle grade stand-alone novel, which Crown’s Phoebe Yeh, who acquired the trilogy, has also bought.”
What’s your favourite thing on your desk? 09.01.2017
“I must say my big monitor because for years I worked just with a laptop and now I utterly enjoy having a huge screen (it also makes watching movies and TV series a lot more enjoyable).”