Estonian rights sold for HILJA AND THE OPERATION CHRISTMAS MAGIC

We are glad to let you know that the 4th title of Heidi Viherjuuri’s HILJA-series – HILJA AND THE OPERATION CHRISTMAS MAGIC – will be published in Estonia by Eesti Raamat!
The deal was closed by Toomas Aasmäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency

The Hilja-series show the charm of simplicity and the magic of everyday situations. Together with the colorful characters, it results in captivating and humorous reading.
– Reet Trummal, head of Children’s & YA, Eesti Raamat, Estonia

Hilja is an energetic, curious and cheeky seven-year-old girl who lives in the countryside in a wooden house that always needs some fixing. She loves to climb trees, run around, go fishing and make new friends.
Hilja has only seen her grandma in an old photograph. However, there are three ladies in the neighborhood who are making sure that Hilja doesn’t have just one grandma but three!

Download the English materials for Hilja-series here!

HILJA AND THE OPERATION CHRISTMAS MAGIC
by Heidi Viherjuuri, illustrated by Nadja Sarell

Chapter Books (6-9 Years)

Hilja’s sister Veini claims that Christmas is just a publicity trick, but Hilja decides to prove that Christmas is real and magical. A secret operation begins, and it involves making an elf trap, lots of secret notes and spying on neighbors. Even Santa is not having it easy – he has to take part to Hilja’s lie detection test.

Many, many miscommunications are ahead before the family of the Green house can finally calm down for Christmas.

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Mäkelä (orig.)

ESTONIA: Eesti Raamat
GERMANY: WooW Books
RUSSIA: Strecoza

Heidi Viherjuuri


Heidi Viherjuuri lives in Cologne, Germany, where she writes about things big and small and also everyday life situations. She loves green tea, weekdays, history, traveling by train and having silly laughs with her son. Heidi´s works have rich language and are straight-to-the-point at the same time and one of her favorite books is the Finnish thesaurus.

Nadja Sarell


Nadja Sarell is an illustrator living in Helsinki, Finland. She graduated with MA in Dance from Theatre Academy Helsinki. Soon after that she moved to a small town in North Wales to study children’s book illustration. She graduated from North Wales School of Art and Design with BA in Illustration for Children’s Publishing in 2004.

Since then she has worked as a freelance illustrator for children’s publishing in Finland and abroad. She loves to teach art, illustration and dance for both children and adults. She is also passionate about surface pattern design and enjoys creating charismatic, expressive book characters.
If Nadja was an animal, she would be a cat living in an old mansion with a large fireplace and a comfy sofa. Her favourite things are her family, music, dancing, black coffee and chocolate.