Finlandia Prize nomination for The Third Sister by Magdalena Hai

Magdalena Hai’s YA fantasy novel The Third Sister has been nominated for the Finlandia Prize 2018 for Children & Young Adult’s Literature.

“Wise and entertaining novel that pulls readers deep in its magical worlds, and won’t let them go. The story has many layers and surprises, and it unwinds slowly, revealing its secrets. The language, world-building, the pace and the characters all work together making the book a harmonious and delicious experience.”
– Finlandia Prize Jury

The author Magdalena Hai is the winner of the Finnish Literary Export Prize 2018, and she was also a nominee of Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize 2018.

We wish good luck to Magdalena! The winner will be announced on 28th of November and the award sum is 30.000 euros.


Praise for The Third Sister:

Perfect for those who love fantasy and romance!
– Demi, magazine

The main themes of the novel are the relationship of mothers and daughters, the corrupting hunger for power, and the universal fear for unknown. Hai’s manga-influenced fantasy tries to break people’s beliefs of the world and how things should be. It is all about acceptance
Turun Sanomat, newspaper

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Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

About author

Magdalena Hai

Magdalena Hai is an award-winning author, lover of cross-genre fiction and all things strange. Her fiction often combines elements of sci-fi, fantasy and horror.

Her Little Shop of Nightmares series has been sold to 30 territories around the world. Among Hai's many accolades are winning the Finlandia Prize for children's and YA literature and the Finnish Literary Export Prize, and being nominated  the Nordic Council Children & Young People's Literature Prize.

Besides being an author, Hai teaches writing and is an active member and editor in the publishing co-operative Osuuskumma.


2023, Chapter Books (6-9 Years)

Little Shop of Nightmares 4: The Crystal Skull

Magdalena Hai

2023, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

The Horned God

Magdalena Hai

2021, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

The Spell of Iset

Magdalena Hai

2021, Chapter Books (6-9 Years)

Little Shop of Nightmares 3: Sticky the Horrible Snowman

Magdalena Hai

2020, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

Miss Swift’s Weird and Wonderful House

Magdalena Hai

2019, Chapter Books (6-9 Years)

Little Shop of Nightmares 2: The Mystery of the Missing Teeth

Magdalena Hai

2018, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

The Third Sister

Magdalena Hai

2018, Chapter Books (6-9 Years)

Little Shop of Nightmares 1: The Terrible Tickling Powder

Magdalena Hai

2017, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

Grumblebelly Cat

Magdalena Hai

2012, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

The Beggar Princess

Magdalena Hai