Agnes and the Garden of Dreams

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CZECH REPUBLIC: Portál, s. r. o.


ESTONIA: Eesti Raamat

GERMANY: Carlsen Verlag

HUNGARY: Cerkabella

ROMANIA: Editura Paralera 45

RUSSIA: Rosman

Original title: Agnes ja unien avain

Author: Tuutikki Tolonen

Illustrator: Kati Vuorento

Published: 2020

Publisher: WSOY

Genre: Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

Pages: 200

Part of a series: Agnes series

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11-years-old Agnes has to move to a small countryside town with her mother. Her parents are divorced, and Agnes doesn’t know anyone from her new hometown. She is not having the best summer of her life.

But then something weird happens. Agnes finds an old tombstone that has her name and birthday engraved on it – only the birth year is different. Whose grave is it?

Agnes befriends a boy called ”Bun”, who is also lonely. Together they start to solve the mystery of the tombstone. They find out more and more about a family who lived in the town years and years ago. When they go visit the family’s abandoned mansion, Agnes realizes something. She has been there before – in her dreams.

What is happening? It feels like someone who lived a long time ago is trying to tell something to Agnes. Is it possible that these two Agneses from different times have some connection?


Runeberg Junior Award nominee 2020

Arvid Lydecken Award nominee 2020

Winner of  LukuVarkaus award 2020


"Fast-paced mystery plot and relatable strong characters." – Helsingin Sanomat newspaper

”This book has the reader hooked up from the beginning! One has to read a chapter after chapter – even though it would be time to sleep.”
– Maaseudun tulevaisuus newspaper

”Oh how wonderful this book is! The story hooks you up immediately!” – Yöpöydän kirjat blog

”It was a book that made me want to scream of happiness and jump around the room in excitement. A perfect book!
– Hemulin kirjahylly blog

”The mystery plot begins from the first pages and fulfills all expectations. The characters are great, and the story manages to remind you of the importance of normal life, and the power of friendship.”
– Kallellaan kertomuksiin blog

”Mystery that grabs one’s attention, and is fast to read! – Lasten kirjahylly blog


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Tuutikki Tolonen

Tuutikki Tolonen is the author of several acclaimed children’s books, plays and academic articles. For Monster Nanny she received the Arvid Lydecken award. She teaches creative writing and has worked as an editor and reporter at Vinski, a Finnish literary magazine for children. Her inspiration for the Monster Nanny trilogy sparked during a family breakfast. “My son Leo, then six, said: ‘I heard on the radio yesterday that all moms have to go on vacation and monsters will take their places,” she says.

Tolonen is currently writing the Agnes series, of which the first book "Agnes and the Garden of Dreams" was in 2020 nominated for both Runeberg Junior and Arvid Lydecken Awards and won LukuVarkaus 2020 award!


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