English book trailer for THE SECRET STAIRCASE!

We are excited to share the English teaser trailer for THE SECRET STAIRCASE by Salla Simukka and JP Ahonen with you!

THE SECRET STAIRCASE is a grounded illustrated middle grade fantasy title with a classic feel for fans of Michael Ende and Maria Gripe.

THE SECRET STAIRCASE is a stylish and fascinating children’s novel. [–] The cooperation of the author-illustrator duo works well: the illustrations by Ahonen bring a nice atmosphere to Simukka’s fascinating story. The two parallel worlds have small differences and there is a pleasant weirdness for the reader to ponder on.” –Mikko on kirjavinkit.fi

Salla Simukka is a talented and sure writer, and therefore it wasn’t a surprise that her new children’s book The Secret Staircase was a great reading experience. The illustrations by JP Ahonen are also lovely and dynamic. [–] Simukka’s fairytale-like title is an enchanting one, the weird buzzing in your brain for 9+ children, but even an older reader will enjoy this one.” –Kirjakissa book blog

The setting which slowly builds up to when the two boys meet, is an exciting one. Once Alexis and Max have met, the thrilling situations and every day take turns naturally and the story progresses at a good pace. The book also shortly addresses a few hard themes, such as bullying, at a child’s level.” –Järvenpää city library

Rights are still available for all territories!

Download the English materials for THE SECRET STAIRCASE here!

Tammi, March 2024, 200 pp., b&w illustrations

Reading material:
English sample with illustrations
Finnish edition

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

About author

JP Ahonen

JP Ahonen (1981) is a comic book artist, illustrator, and the author of several newspaper strips in his native Finland. He is best known for his graphic novel SING NO EVIL and the critically acclaimed strip series BELZEBUBS, which has evolved from a humble webcomic into a unique cross-media project, interweaving comics, music and animation.

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.