Anni the Friend Tamer in Salty Waters

Kaisa Paasto

Original title: Anni kaverinkesyttäjä suolaisilla vesillä

Author: Kaisa Paasto

Illustrator: Mari Ahokoivu

Published: 2022

Publisher: Tammi

Genre: Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

Part of a series: Anni the Friend Tamer series

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English full sample

Dealing with ghosts – and tricky cousins – is a lot more fun on a sunny island!

Get ready for some maritime vibes! If you like Vi på Saltkråkan (Seacrow Island) by Astrid Lindgren, this book may well be your new favorite.

Anni and her family spend the summer on a small island with her cousin's family. Anni doesn’t remember her cousin Niko that well, but oh boy, does he turn out to be a pest. Niko keeps telling Anni about a ghost on the island, an old laundry lady who was also named Anni. Anni is not a gullible person, but when the evidence piles up, it's hard not to be spooked... On a more fun note, a big treasure hunt is held on the island and Anni is determined to win it!

Kaisa Paasto manages to carry out the inner emotional world of shy children, but at the same time effortlessly portrays the heroine as likable and self-confident. What immediately convinced us was the sweet little pig, which reflects the development of the protagonist: At first scared, strange, and a bit out of place, in the end an open, lovable friend. What a wonderful story!

– Laura Hänel, Editor, Loewe Verlag, Germany

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Rights sold:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
GERMANY: Loewe Verlag

About author

Kaisa Paasto

Kaisa Paasto spent her childhood in the north of Finland and now lives in Espoo with her husband, two children, bunnies and a shih tzu. Kaisa has a master’s degree in Comparative Literature and has previously worked as translator, content specialist and entrepreneur. Apart from the Anni books she has published domestic thrillers for adults by Storytel Original.


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