Karelian edition of AS RED AS BLOOD – now sold to 53 territories!

We are excited to announce that AS RED AS BLOOD by Salla Simukka will soon be available in Karelian! The Karelian Society Karjalan Sivistysseura has acquired the rights in a deal closed by Anna Kappauf at Elina Ahlback Agency.

AS RED AS BLOOD is the first instalment in the SNOW WHITE YA trilogy which has now been sold to 53 territories.

We have the full English edition for you to read!

Download the English materials for AS RED AS BLOOD here!

Tammi 2013, 240 pp.

Reading material:
English edition
Finnish edition

Rights sold:
FINLAND, Tammi (orig.)
ARAB WORLD, Arab Scientific
ARGENTINA, Nuevo Extremo
BRAZIL, Novo Conceito
CANADA (French), Hachette Livre
CATALAN, La Galera
CHINA, Modern Press
DENMARK, Gyldendal
ESTONIA, Pegasus
FAROE ISLANDS, Bókadeildin
FRANCE, Hachette Livre
GEORGIA, Bakur Sulakauri
GREECE, Metaixmio
HUNGARY, Athenaeum
ICELAND, Forlagid
ICELAND, Storyside (audio and e-book rights)
INDONESIA, Gramedia/Bhuana Ilmu Populer
ISRAEL, Yedioth
ITALY, Mondadori
JAPAN, Nishimura
KARELIAN, Karjalan Sivistysseura
KOREA, Gimm Young
LATVIA, Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA, Alma Littera
NORWAY, Gyldendal
PORTUGAL, Presença
SERBIA, Vulkan
SLOVAKIA, Verbarium
SLOVENIA, Mladinska
SPAIN, La Galera
SWEDEN, Rabén & Sjögren
TAIWAN, Emily Publishing
THAILAND, Nanmee Books
TURKEY, Altin Kitaplar
UNITED STATES & CANADA, Penguin Random House/Crown
VIETNAM, Alpha Books
FILM & TV: Zerogravity Managem

About author

Salla Simukka

Salla Simukka is the author of the international success story The Snow White Trilogy: rights are sold in 53 territories and in Hollywood. She has written several novels for young readers and her accolades include the Topelius Prize 2013 and the Finland Prize 2013. Simukka has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award  every year 2021–2024. Where It All Begins, published in 2022, is her first novel for adults and in 2024 she started a collaboration with JP Ahonen on a middle grade novel.

Previously Simukka has written book reviews for the newspapers, translated all kinds of texts into Finnish, worked as an editor at a literary magazine and as a screenwriter for a popular TV show for young audiences.  She has also been working on the programme of Turku Book Fair in 2017–2020.


2024, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

The Secret Staircase

Salla Simukka

2022, Literary Fiction

Where It All Begins

Salla Simukka

2021, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

In the Dark I Can Be Yours

Salla Simukka

2020, Young Adult (13 or 14+)


Salla Simukka

2018, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

Turn off the Lights! Turn on the Lights!

Salla Simukka

2016, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)


Salla Simukka

2014, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

As Black as Ebony

Salla Simukka

2013, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

As Red as Blood

Salla Simukka

2013, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

As White as Snow

Salla Simukka

2012, Young Adult (13 or 14+)


Salla Simukka

2012, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

Without a Trace

Salla Simukka

Two new deals for THE HORNED GOD by Magdalena Hai!

We are excited to share two new deals for the THE HORNED GOD by Magdalena Hai! Rights were sold to Päike ja Pilv in Estonia in a deal closed by Sten-Erik Tammemäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency and to Epix Bokförlag in Sweden in a deal closed by Anna Kappauf at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency. Päike ja Pilv publishes books for children and young adults. Their international authors include Edward van de Vendel, Elin Nilsson, Kim Fupz Aakeson, Przemysław Wechterowicz, Peter Svetina, Ditte Wiese, Silvija Šesto, and Tomi Kontio.

Epix is an independent Swedish publisher for comic books and graphic novels for adults and for children’s books. They have already published Magdalena Hai’s middle grade title GRUMBLEBELLY CAT.

Rights for this Finlandia Prize-winning YA novel have now been sold in 6 languages! If you are looking for your new big YA book ahead of Bologna book fair, now is the perfect time to acquire the rights!

Rights are still  available in many territories, e.g., US, UK, Germany, Poland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain…

For more exciting titles, check out our spring 2024 catalogue

Download the materials for THE HORNED GOD here!

Otava, March 2023, 162 pp.
Age group: 13+

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ESTONIA: Päike ja Pilv
NORWAY: Gursli Berg

Reading materials:
English sample and synopsis

About author

Magdalena Hai

Magdalena Hai is an award-winning author, lover of cross-genre fiction and all things strange. Her fiction often combines elements of sci-fi, fantasy and horror.

Her Little Shop of Nightmares series has been sold to 30 territories around the world. Among Hai's many accolades are winning the Finlandia Prize for children's and YA literature and the Finnish Literary Export Prize, and being nominated  the Nordic Council Children & Young People's Literature Prize.

Besides being an author, Hai teaches writing and is an active member and editor in the publishing co-operative Osuuskumma.


2023, Chapter Books (6-9 Years)

Little Shop of Nightmares 4: The Crystal Skull

Magdalena Hai

2023, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

The Horned God

Magdalena Hai

2021, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

The Spell of Iset

Magdalena Hai

2021, Chapter Books (6-9 Years)

Little Shop of Nightmares 3: Sticky the Horrible Snowman

Magdalena Hai

2020, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

Miss Swift’s Weird and Wonderful House

Magdalena Hai

2019, Chapter Books (6-9 Years)

Little Shop of Nightmares 2: The Mystery of the Missing Teeth

Magdalena Hai

2018, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

The Third Sister

Magdalena Hai

2018, Chapter Books (6-9 Years)

Little Shop of Nightmares 1: The Terrible Tickling Powder

Magdalena Hai

2017, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

Grumblebelly Cat

Magdalena Hai

2012, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

The Beggar Princess

Magdalena Hai

The Ahlback Agency CHILDREN’S & YA Spring 2024 Rights Guide!

We are thrilled to present our Children’s & YA Catalogue for Spring 2024: creative picture books about secret creatures, middle-grade novels about pranks and friendship, and stories about outsiderness.

We’ve picked some of the hottest titles from the catalogue for you – check them out below!

View the Spring 2024 Children’s Catalogue here!

The Secret Ones

Tuutikki Tolonen, illustrated by Anne Vasko

Unleash your creativity and discover the creatures who live right next to you in secret! 

This charming picture book invites its readers to play a game: could there be secret creatures, living side by side with humans in ordinary homes? They leave signs to those who know where and how to look.

Why are there crumbs on the kitchen floor? Perhaps you have a crumbscraper living with you! The creature itself is so shy, you can rarely see it. How about the holes in your socks; did you know they might be the result of a lintbug?
And when the remote control is lost again, maybe the amnesianos have stolen it.


Kaisa Paasto, illustrated by Mari Ahokoivu

If you could become a prank legend at school, is it worth going for it at any costs? This highly illustrated, bold story encourages even the most reluctant reader to keep on turning the pages!

✓  For fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid

The fifth grader Elmeri has never seriously considered a career as a prankster. But he manages to do a superbly great prank – completely accidentally. Elmeri’s cousin Robin thinks his chance has come and becomes Elmeri’s Personal Prankster Trainer. With his coaching, Elmeri will be the amazing Prankenstein and his best prank will be remembered by future generations!

Elmeri realizes that pranks may be a good opportunity to impress Mima, who lives on the same street and is quite OK. The pranks also help when Leo, the bully at school, needs to be dealt with. But when a planned prank involves a famous magician and the president of Finland, Elmeri has to ask himself: can you take it too far?

The Secret Staircase

Salla Simukka, illustrated by JP Ahonen

What would you do if you found a secret room in your house? 

✓  Grounded fantasy with a classic feel for fans of Michael Ende and Maria Gripe

An exciting and touching novel about two boys, who live in the same house but in different realities. Can their friendship cross the border separating two worlds?

10-year-old Alexis’ family moves to a house where he gets the attic room. Another 10-year-old-boy, Max, moves to a house, where a great basement room is waiting for him. Soon the boys notice something weird in their houses: Alexis hears voices under the floor, even though they don’t have a basement. Max’s ears pick up someone playing an instrument from the attic, even though no one is there.

When the two boys finally meet, they realize that they can visit each other’s worlds at night time. But will their friendship endanger everything when the worlds start to blur into each other?

The Invisibles

Sanna Isto

A haunted house. An Invisible boy. A summer of mystery and self-discovery.

✓  Nominated for the Finlandia Prize 2023 and Topelius Prize 2024

Spending her vacation away from the city and her friends was not what Pii had in mind for the summer. And then even the holiday house turns out to be strange and peculiar. Who is the boy who moves around the house as if it were his own, and why can’t anyone else see him?

Pii’s experience of being an outsider turns into a strength, because she sees things that others don’t notice. Soon she finds herself in the middle of a secret that overshadows the sunny idyll of the small village. Are the thefts of vacation homes and the unsolved death that happened half a year ago related? And what does the mysterious boy in the green cap have to do with all this?

Pii has to look for answers deep below the surface, and while diving for them, she also has to face herself. A vacation Pii expected to be boring turns into a journey of self-discovery, and in the end nothing – not even the ghosts – is what it seemed at first.

WSOY, March 2024, 40 pp.
Age group: 3+
Reading materials: Full English text, Finnish edition

Rights sold: FINLAND: WSOY(orig.)


Tammi, March 2024, 112 pp., b&w illustrations
Age group: 7+
Reading materials: Full English text, Finnish edition

Rights sold: FINLAND: Tammi(orig.)


Tammi, March 2024, 200 pp., b&W illustrations
Age group: 9+ years
Reading materials: English sample and synopsis, Finnish edition

Rights sold: FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)


Tammi, April 2023, 293 pp.
Age group: 12+ years
Reading materials: English smaple & synopsis, Finnish edition

Rights sold: 
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)