A Beautiful Day to Die

Isra has decided to die. But before that she needs to complete a rescue mission! Embark on a road trip with Isra, her friend Leo, 900 euros and a stolen sky-blue Hyundai.

Leo and Isra are not the most popular kids of their high school. They don’t have high expectations, and nobody expects much of them. So why not take a break from school – and a break from life, and try to do something meaningful before it’s all too late?

Funny, realistic and tragic story of teenagers who don’t know what they want, and are tired of trying to figure it out on their own.

Detained

Nobody should be punished for crimes they didn’t commit. What about crimes they were going to commit in the future?

Fifty teenagers aged 16-17 are introduced to a fully automated prison with no guards or other staff. Probability calculations have shown that each of them will commit a crime at some time in their lives that will send them to prison.

This is their last chance. They must solve their future crimes, confess them in the prison’s Confession Room, and demonstrate remorse. If they do, they will be set free. If they fail to discover their crimes before they reach age eighteen, they will remain in prison to serve their full sentences.

A new YA hit by bestselling author Salla Simukka, whose previous Snow White trilogy sold to 52 countries around the world.


Rights sold:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
ESTONIA: Pegasus

Imaginary Girl

Young love is often fragile and tragic. But it’s also beautiful and unforgettable. Discover the story of the Imaginary Girl in this breathtaking graphic novel.

#growingup #loneliness #relationships #womanhood #youth #so90s #mysocalledlife #teenagedreams

Imaginary Girl is about the relationships of children, teens and adults: the bittersweet friendships, the crushes that make you feel paralyzed, the terrifying fear of being invisible – and the fear of being noticed.

Perfect for adults and young adults both!

Sensored Reality: Glitch

Set in Helsinki as it struggles through the harsh hyper winter, 17-year old Minako, nicknamed Bug, faces enemies both in video games and in real life. Her mother has disappeared, and the more Bug investigates the gaming corporation she works at, the more mysteries arise. Bug is also busy figuring out her own life: she has begun her studies at the prestigious game academy, but it isn’t easy being the most famous gamer in the world. Dangerous things are starting to happen in real life which should be taking place only in video-games. Can there be glitches in reality?

The Third Sister

Ciel and Lune are best friends and daughters of the two great witches of Royaume. Ciel, the daughter of the White Witch, is preparing for her rite of passage, the witch song ritual, which will show her true soul and future as a witch. When Ciel steps in front of the mirror of songs, a terrifying truth is revealed: she is a sanschant, a songless witch. The last sanschant there was, almost destroyed their whole world.

The girls must escape Royaume. They end up on the Earth, where they find refuge in a school, run by a creature called Principal and attended by otherworldly students. Especially one of them, Niemann, rocks Lune’s boat. Who is Niemann, why can’t Lune resist him? In Royaume, the White Witch is doing everything she can to relocate her daughter. The fate of their world is again at stake.

The Third Sister is a fantastic, manga-inspired adventure and the first installment in a new series called The Royaume Chronicles.

Turn Off the Lights! Turn On the Lights!

A collection of ”little awesome stories and little awful stories” from Finland’s internationally most successful YA author.

What is the most awful or the most awesome thing that has happened to you? Salla Simukka’s anticipated new book includes little awful stories and little awesome stories about young people’s lives. Why are under-fifteens not allowed in the basement? What happened in Dog’s Head Park? Who makes nightly visits in Klara’s solitary confinement room? What does it take to make out with lights on?

The flip book Turn Off the Lights! Turn On the Lights! shows the both sides of the matter; the stories mirror each other in surprising and exhilarating ways, and the genres range from horror to romance to sci-fi and realism.


Rights sold:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
LATVIA: Zvaigzne

Sensored Reality: Beta

Divergent meets Assassin’s Creed in this YA adventure set in a futuristic world where only video games offer an escape from rising sea levels.

It is 2117 in a flood-ridden world, 16-year-old Bug’s mother uproots their lives from Sea-Tokyo and moves her unwilling daughter to Helsinki Island after Bug’s father dies in an accident. Devastated, and rejected by her new schoolmates, Bug retreats in to the world of video games. When a mysterious parcel containing a virtual reality gaming suit arrives on her doorstep, Bug is drawn into a beta version of a new game set in feudal Japan. But the game proves to be more realistic and far more dangerous than expected.

Beta is the first novel in the YA series Sensored Reality, historically-inspired cyber trilogy about video games and virtual realities with suspicious corporations looming in the background. It also tells a relatable story of an outsider struggling with friendships and family ties.

The Sensored Reality series will continue, delving deeper into the conspiracies and mysteries of the corporation-ruled sunken world. Stay logged-in for more soon: Book 2: Glitch and Book 3: Replica to follow.

Witchbook

In this sequel to Bookwitch, Aura uses her powers of magic to venture from Helby to Helsinki in pursuit of the wicked witch Selma, and on a quest for the book that can save Helby. But Aura’s search for the book that contains the spells is like a hunt for a needle in a haystack: unlike Helby, Helsinki is full of books. Aura’s abilities are put to the test as she strives to save Helby, but at a cost…

Bookwitch

Bookwitch is a spellbinding Young Adult story set in a world where books are banned and witches rule in the realm of Helby, a parallel world to Helsinki as we know it. When seventeen-year-old Aura becomes an assistant at the House of Lost Dreams, little does she know she is about to discover a secret chamber full of books, and about her own destiny as a powerful witch who must face dark forces to save all that she loves. A gripping story about self-realization, betrayal and good triumphing evil.

The Smelly Hand: and Other Dreadful Stories from Uhriniituntakainen

Zombies, ghosts and bogeymen don’t exist. Are you sure?  In a small village like Uhriniituntakainen, you can never be sure of that . . .

The school chemistry teacher’s hand starts to smell worse day by day.

Irina and Hope catch the train to visit their granny one day and a thin woman with insect-like spectacles gets on the train.

A doll won in the lucky dip at the funfair turns out to be rather unusual.

A collection of creepy stories, The Smelly Hand promises to scare as well as entertain, while tackling weightier issues that trouble youngsters, such as bullying, divorcing parents, and loneliness.

The Beggar Princess

The 11-year-old rag collector Gigi was born a princess. After her father lost his crown in a violent uprising, the royal family of Umbrovia has been forced to live in hiding in a busy harbor town. But then one day Gigi and her best friend Henry learn that someone knows their secret, their home is attacked and her mother is taken away. Together with her loving but unpractical father, and the grumpy but kind werewolf Mussovits, they must do their best to save their family.

The Beggar Princess is the first installment in the trilogy Gigi & Henry, which follows the main characters lives from pre-teens to adulthood. The story is set in an alternative history of the 1860s and it mixes fast-paced, julesvernesque adventure story with inventive alternate history.

The Scale

Oona is angry. She’s so furious that she walks into the lake with all of her clothes on and swims farther than she ever has before – over to the other side. The water scrapes against her strangely, and she gets a deep cut.

On the opposite shore, the landscape has changed and the people seem slightly odd, and no one has a mobile phone. A flying lizard? A mind-reader? People living in sheds? Daylight scares them? When Oona starts working in a shoe factory, she understands that some kind of evil is enveloping the whole village. Why won’t anyone talk about it?

The Scale is a youth novel that flits as smoothly as a lizard from one time, and one reality, to another. It ladles out a mixture of recent history, vampire stories, and pure fantasy. What if the world was just the tiniest bit different – by a cat’s whisker or the width of a lizard’s scale?

The Servant of Dusk

Kaarina didn’t hesitate when Valeri asked her: – Will you come with me? I’m going to leave everything behind and start a new life.
The Servant of Dusk takes place in a world familiar from Sari Peltoniemi’s earlier fantasy novel, The Scale. Kaarina’s and Valeri’s ballad-like love story is intertwined with a fascinating alternative history and the timeless charm of fantasy – and with Jesse, whose game has turned into reality.

The Elven Son

A magnificient sequel to I Hear the Forest Calling.

The Elven Son is a mesmerizing story about the importance of finding one’s roots and a reminder of the significance of friends and family.
About to start high school, Jouni is still pondering where his mother is. Together with his sister, Saara, he tries to find the place where he was born, hoping to find a way to his mother. Jouni has a falling-out with his girlfriend and downs a bottle of wine right before his band is about to go on stage. Later, Jouni ignores the warnings of his teacher and goes out on the night of Halloween, only to find himself followed by the dead. Can his sister save him? And will they find their mother?

Freya and the Last Light

Freya’s dreams of stardom are almost a reality, but the world beyond the spotlight has gotten darker. Enemies new and old threaten to reduce her fledging empire to ashes, and perhaps all mankind with it. Victory has never seen further, but a desperate god is a dangerous thing, and with myths and monsters dogging her every step, Freya finds herself inspired to enlist a few of her own – if her unlikely new allies can stop trying to kill each other long enough to help, that is.

Freya and the Idol Industry

Freya’s quest to tip the scales against her enemies takes her to Hollywood, where the world of show business offers her unprecedented fame and fortune – at a price. With sinister enemies at her heels and an unknown threat lurking in the shadows, Freya will have to remain one step ahead of those out to destroy her and the people she loves.


Rights sold:

WORLD ENGLISH, Macmillan/Imprint

Freya and the Myth Machine

A thrilling new series about an ancient god in a modern world – hunted, forgotten, and unbowed

Free-spirited Sara Vanadi once lived as the Norse god Freya. Now she spends her days in a mental hospital in Orlando, Florida. One day an ominous man arrives with an unprecedented offer: Sara will be given limitless strength and legions of believers, should she agree to work with his masters…or face obliteration.


Rights sold:

KOREA, Design Comma
POLAND, Wydawnictwo Jaguar
WORLD ENGLISH, Macmillan/Imprint

Survival Game

John Green meets Lord of the Flies in the Nordic wilderness: a gritty and realistic survival story about the healing power of friendship.

Suffering from life-threatening burns at the Korpisalo hospital, Ozzy can’t hear, see or smell anything; he knows only that his mother, little sister and father are all gone. Ozzy’s father, the HR director of a local paper machine manufacturer, suffered a breakdown during a brutal round of layoffs and burned his house down, killing himself, Ozzy’s mother and his little sister. During brief moments of clarity Ozzy tries to turn his thoughts to his former boy scout troop on their annual winter hike – a trek that turns into a dangerous game of survival in freezing temperatures.

The town’s widespread economic hardships have created a new pecking order at the local high school. Tensions come to a head when ninth graders Jont, Snipe, Rambo, Little Joe, Telly and Ferrari leave for a survival hike in the freezing woods. Hunger and cold add to the stress – and above everything hovers a worry over Ozzy’s fate.

I Hear the Forest Calling

Nominated for the Topelius Prize 2012: A gripping tale that sweeps the reader along.

After a trip to Lapland, Jouni is confused to start with. Why does a skinny, tree-hugging woman appear in front of him both on the fells of Lapland and in the outskirts of his home town? Is he imagining it all – why does no one else see the woman? But when Jouni is on his way to a music shop with his best mate Mikko to buy a guitar, something happens to give him a profound scare.

‘I reckon what’s happened is that you’re being pursued by a spirit,’ says Romppainen when Jouni confides in his former teacher. ‘What I cannot tell you is why it’s happened and what it wants from you.’ Romppainen takes a thick volume called Mythical Tales down from the shelf.
‘This is not a tale,’ Jouni blurts out. This is real.’
‘Calm down. Sometimes fact and fiction are not as far apart as is generally thought.’

Jouni’s mother, a Koltta Sami, vanished when Jouni was little. Ever since, he has lived with his father and his sister Saara. Are the mysterious events somehow connected with his mother, is she under the spell of the forest magic or what has happened to her?  The eagle owl, which has settled down in Jouni’s garden, could probably answer if you could understand it.

Jouni begins to get to the bottom of the mystery with his friend Mikko. He is helped by the membership register of a Lapp community and Romppainen, the charismatic teacher who taught Jouni throughout his time at the primary school.

In addition to supernatural events, Jouni gets into a spin because of natural events. Romppainen’s daughter Matleena is at the same school and first love hits him like a sledgehammer. Fear and love, secrets and reality transform his life.

Storm Sisters, Book 3: The Ocean of Secrets

When enemies tear the group apart, a chase leads them to the heart of the American Revolutionary War. Suddenly, nothing is what it seems and the girls find themselves trapped in a web of deception and lies. As Charlie and Liu search for a hidden enemy, secrets that have been buried for decades float to the surface and threaten to drown them all.


RIGHTS SOLD:

FRANCE, Robert Laffont

Storm Sisters, Book 2: The Frozen Seas

Having uncovered several shocking secrets about their past, the girls continue their quest toward the frozen seas of Scandinavia, with Liu’s vengeful father Zhang Tao, the mysterious Countess and the leader of the Sapphire East Trading Company at their heels. As they approach the Scandinavian royal court for help, with assistance from the Castaways, a brotherly group of misfit pirates, new tensions and buried truths come to light.


RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND, Tammi (Books 1–2)
FRANCE, Robert Laffont (Books 1–5)
GERMANY, Bastei Lübbe (digital; Book 1)
HUNGARY, JCS Media (Books 1–2)
INDONESIA, Gramedia (Books 1–2)
SPAIN, Planeta (Books 1-2)
WORLD ENGLISH, Bastei Lübbe (digital; Book 1)

Traced

The Wolf Creek Series, Book IV

Raisa and Mikael are spending their first summer together in Helsinki. Everything feels perfect until Raisa begins to realize what everybody means when they talk about a werewolf needing another werewolf as a partner. Determined not to give up, she joins Mikael and her brother on their mission to help the pack in Wolf Creek where people scared of wolves are stirring trouble. Then Mikael is captured, kicking off a series of events that cause Raisa to discover something shocking about her own identity.

Storm Sisters, Book 1: The Sinking World

Storm Sisters offers a feminine twist on the traditional pirate story: Spice Girls meets Pirates of the Caribbean!

After the tragic events of what has become known as The Day of Destruction – a day when they were intended to die along with their families – Charlie, Sadie, Liu, Raquel and Ingela find themselves on the high seas all alone. While a group of girls living on their own isn’t the norm in the 1780s, the Storm Sisters are starting to realize that making the impossible possible is what they do best.

The girls strive to maintain their legacy as part of a covert and ancient organization known as The Storm. Their primary mission, however, is to survive so that they can find out what really happened to their parents. Amidst pirates, hurricanes, and other hidden enemies, this is not an easy task.


RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND, Tammi (Books 1–2)
FRANCE, Robert Laffont (Books 1–5)
GERMANY, Bastei Lübbe (digital; Book 1)
HUNGARY, JCS Media (Books 1–2)
INDONESIA, Gramedia (Books 1–2)
SPAIN, Planeta (Books 1-2)
WORLD ENGLISH, Bastei Lübbe (digital; Book 1)

Hunted

The Wolf Creek Series, Book III

Mikael, the new leader of the pack at Wolf Creek and the love of Raisa’s life, has left, and Raisa gets off to a disastrous start at the Academy of Fine Arts. But when she has to track down her brother Mitja, she is thrown into an adventure on a mystical Greek island involving Daemons, creatures who have the ability to interact with Plato’s “world of ideas.” When Raisa escapes the island with Mitja, she encounters the wolves, and Mikael, once more.

 

Endangered

The Wolf Creek Series, Book II

Having returned to Helsinki, Raisa is trying her best to let go of what happened to her in Wolf Creek. But her great love, Mikael, is not easy to forget, the wolves are calling her, and Wolf Creek has not yet revealed all of its secrets. If you can’t trust own feelings – whom can you trust?


Rights sold:
CHINA (simplified Chinese), Modern Press

Untamed

The Wolf Creek Series, Book I

Set in northern Finland, Untamed is a romance between a girl and a wolf.

Raisa is an ambitious young artist living in downtown Helsinki. When her mother dies in an accident, she has to move to a rural village in the middle of nowhere to live with her uncle. She soon realizes that she is living among werewolves. Gradually, Raisa begins to adjust to life in this strange town, and finds herself drawn to Mikael, the most popular boy in school. He has eyes that change colour; eyes that seem to be following Raisa. But what are Mikael and the other locals hiding? And why was Raisa sent to live here?


Rights sold:
CHINA (simplified Chinese), Modern Press

Maresi: Red Mantle

The Red Abbey Chronicles, Book III

Maresi: Red Mantle is the third novel in The Red Abbey Chronicles, a historically inspired fantasy saga, aimed at young adult audiences. Maresi (book 1) is a tale of friendship and survival, set in the Red Abbey, a refuge for women and girls that undergoes an attack. Naondel (book 2) tells the story of the First Sisters: how they fled from a harem and founded the abbey.

The third book is an epistolary novel that follows Maresi after she leaves the Red Abbey to establish a school in her oppressed home province of Rovas. The return to her Northern home, and fitting in, is not easy even with all the knowledge she’s bringing with her, but she is determined to triumph over the difficulties. However, she does not need to make it alone, for life has yet another surprise in store: love.


Rights sold: The Red Abbey Chronicles
Original publisher: FINLAND, Schildts & Söderströms (Book 1)
Original publisher: FINLAND, Förlaget (Books 2-3)
BELGIUM, Clavis (Book 1-2)
BRAZIL, Morro Branco (Books 1-3)
BULGARIA, Izida (Books 1-3)
CANADA (French), Editions de la Bagnole (Book 1)
CHINA (Simplified), Shanghai 99 (Books 1-3)
DENMARK, Turbine (Book 1)
ESTONIA, Varrak (Book 1-2)
FINLAND, Tammi (Books 1-2)
FRANCE, Rageot (Books 1-2)
GERMANY, Random House/Heyne (Book 1)
HUNGARY, Scolar (Books 1-3)
ITALY, Atmosphere Libri (Books 1-3)
LATVIA, Petergailis (Book 1)
NETHERLANDS, Clavis (Book 1-2)
NORWAY, Gursli Berg Forlag (Books 1-3)
POLAND, Wydawnictwo Debit (Books 1-3)
ROMANIA, Univers (Book 1)
WORLD SPANISH, Penguin Random House/Alfaguara (Book 1)
SWEDEN, Berghs (Books 1-2)
TURKEY, Altın Kitaplar (Book 1)
UNITED KINGDOM, Pushkin Press (Books 1-3)
UNITED STATES, Abrams (Books 1-3)

Naondel

The Red Abbey Chronicles, Book II.

An independent prequel to Maresi, Naondel tells the story of the First Sisters – founders of the Red Abbey. Imprisoned in a harem by a dangerous man, with a dark magic that grants him power over life and death, the women must overcome their mistrust of each other in order to escape. But they can only do so at a great cost, both for those who leave and those left behind.


Rights sold:

Original publisher: FINLAND, Schildts & Söderströms (Book 1)
Original publisher: FINLAND, Förlaget (Books 2-3)
BELGIUM, Clavis (Book 1-2)
BRAZIL, Morro Branco (Books 1-3)
BULGARIA, Izida (Books 1-3)
CANADA (French), Editions de la Bagnole (Book 1)
CHINA (Simplified), Shanghai 99 (Books 1-3)
DENMARK, Turbine (Book 1)
ESTONIA, Varrak (Book 1-2)
FINLAND, Tammi (Books 1-2)
FRANCE, Rageot (Books 1-2)
GERMANY, Random House/Heyne (Book 1)
HUNGARY, Scolar (Books 1-3)
ITALY, Atmosphere Libri (Books 1-3)
LATVIA, Petergailis (Book 1-2)
NETHERLANDS, Clavis (Book 1-2)
NORWAY, Gursli Berg Forlag (Books 1-3)
POLAND, Wydawnictwo Debit (Books 1-3)
ROMANIA, Univers (Book 1)
WORLD SPANISH, Penguin Random House/Alfaguara (Book 1)
SWEDEN, Berghs (Books 1-2)
TURKEY, Altın Kitaplar (Book 1)
UNITED KINGDOM, Pushkin Press (Books 1-3)
UNITED STATES, Abrams (Books 1-3)


Praise for Naondel from the U.S.

“…complex, multilayered, and wholly believable. […]  Feminists of all ages will appreciate this positive portrayal of a matriarchy.”  Booklist

“This volume is a tapestry of interwoven tales of the women. Each thread plays a role. Despite their often adversarial positions, they find strength, hope, and even friendship in one another. They unite to survive Iskan’s unspeakable cruelty and brutality. VERDICT: Highly recommended for all libraries serving older teens.” – School Library Journal

Praise for Naondel in the UK:

“A haunting fable.” Suzi FeayFinancial Times

Combines a flavour of The Handmaid’s Tale with bursts of excitement reminiscent of Harry Potter’s duels.”  Observer

Should appeal to fans of Ursula K. Le Guin… A lucid, layered, deeply engaging story.”  Metro

Stands out for its startling originality, and for the frightening plausibility of the dangerous world it creates. Telegraph

It’s rare to find a YA fantasy with such polished writing… Utterly satisfying and completely different. Booklist, starred review

Epic in its scope, intimate in its observation: if Maresi felt like encountering a rare and blazing talent, Naondel is here to brand the certainty under your skin.”  Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017 winner The Girl of Ink and Stars

A prequel that introduces the founding sisters of the all-female Red Abbey… their interwoven stories told with unflinching clarity, rise to a vengeful climax with the glow of the red moon, and will stay with the reader long after the book is closed. […] Turtschaninoff weaves a hypnotic spell…at once contemporary and timeless.”– Guardian

An unforgettable feminist epic, shot through with hypnotic dark charm. […]Dark, powerful and original…it really stands out in a crowded YA marketplace. Thrilling, suspenseful and gloriously feminist.” – The Bookseller

A beautifully painted, fantastical setting like no other; this story will resonate with me for a long time to come.– Ben Alderson, booktuber

Reading it, I felt empowered. I felt proud to be a woman, and of who I am.  Once Upon a Bookcase

5 Words: Power, control, feminism, survival, magic.”– Tea Party Princess

I cannot recommend this book enough, whether you’ve read Maresi or not. If you enjoyed The Handmaid’s Tale or Only Ever Yours then you’ll love this. It’s tragic and painful and hopeful and empowering and I just loved it  Maia and a Little Moore

 

Praise for Naondel from Scandinavia:

“A suggestive depiction of a world where girls are oppressed but have the power to break free.” – Dagens Nyheter newspaper, Sweden

“Dark, painful, sublime. […] Naondel is Turtschaninoff’s most impressive work to date. – Kyrkpressen newspaper, Sweden

“Naondel is a strong fantasy novel, which in spite of its stark content offers an empowering read. The suffering women in the novel possess warmth and an edge, which move the reader. It’s easy to compare the book to the best of Ursula K. Le Guin’s later works.” –  Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Finland

“A source of dark power. […] It’s not often that I devour a novel these days. Most books remain words and text; seldom do the worlds and bodies stay with me. Naondel pulled me in with a dangerous power and consumed me. I came out the other side a little shaken.” Yle.fi Svenska, Finland

“A unique brand of feminism in fantastic packaging.Hufvudstadsbladet newspaper, Finland

“In Naondel Maria Turtschaninoff keeps track of seven different voices – with verve.” Västra Nyland newspaper, Finland

 “Turtschaninoff is good, she is world class, which Naondel proves if you have not read her before.” – Enhörningen magazine, Finland 

“So, this book!! It’s like Game of Thrones, though so much better. And all from a woman’s perspective!”Prickiga Paula blog, Sweden

“It’s crazy good. It is like a good choir where all the voices are needed and it all rises to a whole new level. [I]love Naondel and really want to read more Maria Turtschaninoff…” Carolina Reads blog, Sweden

“Maresi is a straight forward and down to earth story, whereas Naondel is far more intricate and epic.” – Catahya blog, Sweden

Minute Waltz

Simukka’s dazzling debut novels rereleased by Tammi in 2015!

After graduating high school, Kirsikka and Susanna move to a new city together. Kirsikka adjusts to university life, while Susanna reflects on her relationship to her mother, who passed away many years earlier. Faced with the thrills, challenges and insecurities of adult life, the two contemplate the consequences of increasingly weightier choices. How much can be overcome by love?

When Angels look away

Simukka’s dazzling debut novels rereleased by Tammi in 2015!

Kirsikka is a high school student and aspiring writer with a supportive family and group of friends. The people closest to her know and accept the fact that Kirsikka is interested in girls. However, when she develops a crush on her classmate Susanna, Kirsikka fears Susanna’s reaction and is afraid to tell her the truth. As their friendship deepens, so does Kirsikka’s infatuation.

Pouring out her thoughts into her writing, Kirsikka struggles to read Susanna’s feelings, and find a way to share her own. It’s as simple as love – except nothing about first love is ever simple.

Without a Trace

Have you ever wished that everyone else in the world would just disappear? You’d better watch out what you wish for.

Emmi Aalto is a 15-year-old girl who feels like she doesn’t have anything. She hasn’t figured out what she’s good at in school yet; she’s still just a “Potential”. Her family doesn’t seem to pay any attention to her at home. And she has never had any friends. Emmi decides to run away, so she could at least  become the girl who disappeared. But when she comes back home, there’s no one there. Or next door. Or in the entire town. Everyone has disappeared – or have they?

Without a Trace is a mysterious story of the near future, where being normal is nothing. It is also a suspense-filled mystery that sends an avalanche of questions sliding down in front of Emmi. What happened? Who can she trust? Who are her friends? Does she dare to fall in love? Who is sending her fairytales clues, and what are they trying to communicate? Without a Trace tells about loneliness that isn’t inevitable after all, and the courage that lies within.

Elsewhere, a sequel that contains the missing pieces of the puzzle from Without a Trace, was released in Fall 2012.


Rights sold: Belgium, Netherlands


Winner of the Topelius Prize

Elsewhere

Will you save the one you love or love the one you save?

Eighteen-year-old Samuel is the stereotypical nerd. His nights are spent playing on the computer and his days in bed. Now that he has finished school, Samuel is in danger of completely losing touch with society. But then he is invited to join a secret project that pays shockingly well. Samuel is caught up in the construction of a virtual world that is full of surprises. However, the biggest surprise for him is that he falls in love. Everything else loses its meaning when Samuel decides to save Emmi, the girl of his dreams. Elsewhere is an astounding vision of what the world of virtual gaming could become in the near future. It also deals with the difficulties of relationships between parents and children and the inability of adults to cope with many of the problems young people face. And of course it is a story of first love, which is always intense, turbulent and beautiful.

Salla Simukka’s Without a Trace and Elsewhere complement each other as they gradually reveal layer after layer of secrets. Set in Finland in the near future, this thrilling pair of books keeps their hold on the reader to the very last page.


Rights sold: Belgium, Netherlands

As Black as Ebony

Lumikki Andersson is set to play the leading role in a modern-day version of Snow White at her high school. The rehearsals are going well, and Lumikki seems to have found a stable and loving relationship with the boy playing the Huntsman. As opening night approaches, Lumikki starts receiving notes from a secret admirer whose infatuation soon turns out to be a dangerous obsession. The admirer threatens to turn the premiere into a blood bath unless Lumikki consents to his demands.

Lumikki tries to uncover the stalker’s true identity, and in doing so comes face to face with the darkest secrets from her past: being a victim of bullying at school and the mysterious disappearance of her sister from Lumikki’s life. Time is running out, the opening night is just around the corner and Lumikki has to find a way to outwit the stalker with a soul as black as ebony.


Rights sold in 50 territories

As White as Snow

Lumikki Andersson is backpacking in Prague, where the weather is scorching hot. A girl approaches her in a small café and claims to be her half sister. Lumikki’s parents seem to be hiding a secret concerning the family’s past, so the girl’s claim rouses Lumikki’s interest. Despite her erratic behaviour, the girl manages to persuade Lumikki to join a religious family community. Later it turns out that the members are no relation to each other, after all. But it is not until Lumikki learns that the cult leaders are planning mass suicide that she understands just how dangerous the cult is. Furthermore, someone is planning to profit from the tragedy. Lumikki gets acquainted with the streets and graveyards of Prague when she is forced to run for her life to prevent the tragedy. The religion of the cult is not pure; and innocence is not as white as snow.


Rights sold in 52 territories

As Red as Blood

17-year-old Lumikki Andersson goes to a high school of performing arts. She has made it a rule to stay out of things that do not involve her. However, the rule is put to the test on leap day when she finds washed five hundred euro notes hung to dry in her school’s darkroom. It turns out that three students from Lumikki’s high school have in their possession plastic bags containing bloody notes, and soon Lumikki finds herself caught in a tangled web of international drug trade. Elisa, one of the three students and daughter of a wealthy family, begins to suspect that her father, a police officer in the narcotics division, is somehow involved.
Lumikki is swept into a whirlpool of events and faces life-threatening situations on the run from Russian and Estonian criminals. Finally, after four hectic days, Lumikki finds herself in a huge mansion where the mysterious Polar Bear is having a legendary secret party. In the mansion, all secrets are revealed. It’s the coldest winter in decades; the streets of Tampere are frozen and white with snow. And nothing is as red against white snow as blood.


RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND, Tammi (Original publisher)
ALBANIA, Botime B-Books
ARAB WORLD, Arab Scientific
ARGENTINA, Nuevo Extremo
AZERBAIJAN, Qanun
BELGIUM, Clavis
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA, BTC Sahinpasic
BRAZIL, Novo Conceito
BULGARIA, Egmont
CANADA (French), Hachette Livre
CATALAN, La Galera
CHINA, Modern Press
CROATIA, Znanje
CZECH REPUBLIC, Egmont
DENMARK, Gyldendal
ESTONIA, Pegasus
FAROE ISLANDS, Bókadeildin
FRANCE, Hachette Livre
GEORGIA, Bakur Sulakauri
GERMANY, Arena
GREECE, Metaixmio
HUNGARY, Athenaeum
ICELAND, Forlagid
INDONESIA, Gramedia/Bhuana Ilmu Populer
ISRAEL, Yedioth
ITALY, Mondadori
JAPAN, Nishimura
KOREA, Gimm Young
LATVIA, Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA, Alma Littera
MACEDONIA, Bata Press
MALAYSIA, Buku Fixi
MONTENEGRO, BTC Sahinpasic
NETHERLANDS, Clavis
NORWAY, Gyldendal
POLAND, Foksal/WAB
PORTUGAL, Presença
ROMANIA, Trei
RUSSIA, Eksmo
SERBIA, Vulkan
SLOVAKIA, Verbarium
SLOVENIA, Mladinska
SPAIN, La Galera
SWEDEN, Rabén & Sjögren
TAIWAN, Emily Publishing
THAILAND, Nanmee Books
TURKEY, Altin Kitaplar
UNITED KINGDOM & COMMONWEALTH, Hot Key Books
UNITED STATES & CANADA, Crown Books for Young Readers
VIETNAM, Alpha Books

Seeing the Forest for the Trees

A genuine, touching portrait of young people whose development and emotions are at their most frenzied.

16-year-old Miro is starting his studies in a forestry school, even though he doesn’t think that he’ll ever become a professional forester. Behind this defiant decision is the desire to get away from an increasingly dangerous circle of friends and his father’s authority. Miro, the snowboarding enthusiast is more into hanging out at the Kalla ski center, where things take a different turn when he falls head-over-heels for Aava, the girl for whom environmentalism is a matter of the heart.

Between Two Worlds

Nominated for the Topelius Prize 2012

You can run away but you will never escape your family – we are everywhere!

Tara, a seventeen-year old Kurdish girl, wants the same things as Finnish girls of her age. She wants to wear make-up and dress fashionably, have hobbies, be on Facebook and meet up with her friends. Beautiful Tara enjoys the attention of boys and would like to do a little bit of flirting herself. Her father considers such behaviour unacceptable; he wants his daughter to obey old traditions, which require a young girl to hold on to her chastity until she is married off to a man who is part of the same community.

When Tara starts dating Janne, she knows she is playing with fire. The relationship comes to light and soon Tara learns of her father’s plans to marry her to a relative who lives abroad.

 

Hearts of Khao Lak

The YA novel tells the survival story of 15-year-old Emma who has lost her family and gotten severely injured in the 2004 tsunami in Thailand. Emma now revisits Thailand with her grandparents to find the local man who rescued her from the water masses. Entwining memories and events of the past and present get even more touching when Emma meets Lukas, a Swede who is a tsunami survivor himself. They immediately feel connected, grief relieves its grip, and soon there’s romance in the air…

Messages from the Other Side

Silva’s best friend Jemina talks her into all sorts of things: shoplifting, bullying and dangerous dares. It’s the summer before the ninth grade, when Jemina dares Silva to jump off a bridge to impress the boys. She jumps – and everything goes black.

Silva wakes up in an ethereal place called Coma. The place is inhibited by people lingering in the liminal space between life and death. They are visited by those who have already passed on: sometimes the deceased come to fetch them, sometimes they ask them to deliver messages to the living.

When Silva wakes up in a hospital, she has her head full of messages: “Take the stones away from your pockets.” But can she remember who the message was for, and is it too late already?

Maresi

The Red Abbey Chronicles, Book I

The Red Abbey is a refuge for women and girls, where everyone pursues their own areas of interest. Maresi prefers to spend her time reading and learning. Everything changes when the frightened Jai arrives on the island. She has seen her sister get buried alive for speaking to a young man, and her father and a crew of thugs are after her. Maresi and her friends have to fight to defend both Jai and their community.


Rights sold: The Red Abbey Chronicles

RED ABBEY CHRONICLES
Rights sold or the series:

Original publisher: FINLAND, Schildts & Söderströms (Book 1)
Original publisher: FINLAND, Förlaget (Books 2-3)

ALBANIA: Dritan (Book 1)
AZERBAIJAN: Alatoran (Book 1)
BELGIUM, Clavis (Book 1-2)
BRAZIL, Morro Branco (Books 1-3)
BULGARIA, Izida (Books 1-3)
CANADA (French), Editions de la Bagnole (Book 1)
CHINA (Simplified), Shanghai 99 (Books 1-3)
CROATIA, Naklada ljevak (Book 1)
DENMARK, Turbine (Book 1)
ESTONIA, Varrak (Book 1-2)
FINLAND, Tammi (Books 1-2)
FRANCE, Rageot (Books 1-2)
GERMANY, Random House/Heyne (Book 1)
HUNGARY, Scolar (Books 1-3)
ITALY, Atmosphere Libri (Books 1-3)
LATVIA, Petergailis (Book 1-2)
LITHUANIA, Aukso pieva (Book 1)
NETHERLANDS, Clavis (Book 1-2)
NORWAY, Gursli Berg Forlag (Books 1-3)
POLAND, Wydawnictwo Debit (Books 1-3)
ROMANIA, Editura Univers (Book 1)
WORLD SPANISH, Penguin Random House/Alfaguara (Book 1)
SWEDEN, Berghs (Books 1-2)
TURKEY, Altın Kitaplar (Book 1)
UNITED KINGDOM, Pushkin Press (Books 1-3)
UNITED STATES, Abrams (Books 1-3)

FILM, Film4