New author and Nordic Council Prize Nomination!

We are excited to welcome a new author to our agency: We are now representing Laura Lähteenmäki and her book COUNT SILENTLY TO TEN (orig. Laske salaa kymmeneen, WSOY, 2023), which is nominated for the 2024 Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize! The winner will be announced in October this year.

COUNT SILENTLY TO TEN is a fluently written, linguistically beautiful children’s novel that describes a summer on the border between childhood and adolescence. Although the book depicts childhood in our time, the portrayal of play captures the timeless charm and power of childhood games.
– Nordic Council Literary Prize jury’s motivation

Welcome to Ahlback Agency and warmest congratulations, Laura!

We have an English synopsis ready for you and more reading materials will be available shortly (English sample & full Swedish translation in early June 2024).

Laske salaa kymmeneen
WSOY, 2023, 206 pp.

Reading material:
English synopsis
Finnish edition
English sample and full Swedish translation coming in June 2024

Rights sold:

About author

Laura Lähteenmäki

Laura Lähteenmäki is a Finnish writer of children’s and youth literature. Since her debut youth novel in 1998, she has written around twenty works. Lähteenmäki writes about young people’s lives and their search for a place of their own. She was awarded the Arvid Lydecken prize for a first-class children’s novel for her book Marenkikeiju in 2007 and her work has also been nominated for the Topelius and Finlandia Junior prizes. Laura Lähteenmäki lives in Jyväskylä and, in addition to her work as a writer, she is executive editor in a publishing house.


2023, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

Count Silently To Ten

Laura Lähteenmäki