STOP SECRET MYSTERIES by Ilona Ahti and Miila Westin nominated for the Runeberg Junior Prize!

We are thrilled to announce that STOP SECRET MYSTERIES: Stinker the Horrific Sock Monster written by Ilona Ahti and illustrated by Miila Westin has been nominated for the Runeberg Junior Prize 2024!

The prize, which is awarded to a middle-grade book published in Finland, is worth 10 000 EUR. The winner will be announced February 5th, 2024.

The Runeberg Prize jury said of the book:

“The humour is enchanting, but above all Stop Secret succeeds in capturing something essential about the everyday life of children. This is what makes it such a fascinating book: simply incomprehensible things are mixed in with the ordinary and everyday. And when everything is tied together by the mystery in the story, that’s when you have all the ingredients for a gripping title.”

Congratulations, Ilona Ahti and Miila Westin!

Would this hilarious and exciting middle-grade adventure be somethign for you? Download the materials from the link below!

Download the English materials for STOP SECRET here!


Stop Secret: Stinker the Horrific Sock Monster

Ilona Ahti, illustrated by Miila Westin

A funny middle-grade mystery series for fans of Roald Dahl!

In the opening of this charmingly funny middle-grade series, top-secret cases are being solved. Why are there only odd socks in the cabinet, and where have the hairclips and remote controls vanished?

The peculiar events begin when a strange creature snatches the last pair of socks from ten-year-old Hilla. She catches a glimpse of a fluffy, golden tail and finds a color-changing hair as evidence. A top-secret mystery must be solved, in which Hilla is helped by her neighbors Maisa and Roni-Toni. Hilla’s grandmother Mitsi clearly knows more than she’s telling, and in the end there’s an explanation for everything that no one would have expected…

Stop Secret: Hikisukka Hirmunen
Tammi, September 2023, 144 pp.

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig).

Reading materials:
English sample and synopsis
Finnish edition

About author

Ilona Ahti

Ilona Ahti is an award-winning tv- and film scriptwriter, who has lived on nearly all continents and currently adventures Tanzania together with her family. She’s known especially for being the other writer for the film Girl Picture, which was successful at the Sundance festival and was the Finnish submission for the 95th Academy Awards.

About author

Miila Westin

Miila Westin is a Helsinki based illustrator and comic artist. She loves to draw colorful imaginary creatures and characters for books, patterns and wall murals.

Radio Popov, a children's book by Anja Portin she illustrated, won the Finlandia Junior Prize in 2020. She has also written and illustrated a visual narrative about Finnish myths titled Myyttiset, Loputon Talvi.