Maria Turtschaninoff


Maria Turtschaninoff is known for crafting lyrical, historically inspired fantasy stories starring strong female protagonists. In addition to J.R.R. Tolkien, she counts Philip Pullman, Ursula K. Le Guin and C.S. Lewis among her favorite authors. She is a two-time winner of the Society of Swedish Literature Prize, a nominee for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and winner of the 2014 Finlandia Junior Prize. Maria has a Master of Arts in human ecology and works full-time as a writer.

Praise for Maresi

“This story of a matriarchal society, a haven for girls who have escaped a stiff and threatening worldview formed by conservative beliefs, is dramatic, skilfully told and appealing to many senses. In this memorable and ferocious suspense fantasy one can also find connections to the realities of women and girls in modern societies. The coming-of-age story of two girls contains many compelling mythical and ritualistic components. Knowledge and learning give the main character power to change the world. A reader begins to feel this sense of will as well.”
– Finlandia Junior Prize 2014 jury

“I am thrilled to be bringing this powerful and important book to a North American readership. The beautifully detailed world of the Red Abbey immediately captivated me, and Maria Turtschaninoff’s strong, true feminist vision feels absolutely necessary right now.”
– Susan Van Metre, Senior Vice President, Abrams, U.S.



Maria Turtschaninoff


2014, Young Adults

Maria Turtschaninoff


2016, Young Adults

Maria Turtschaninoff

Maresi: Red Mantle

2018, Young Adults

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