We are extremely thrilled to announce that UK publisher Dedalus is acquiring the World English rights for the first two books in Karin Erlandsson’s fantasy series for the middle-grade readers The Song of the Eye Gemstone!
The captivating four-part series depicts a kingdom of stories, where the most powerful tale is the legend of the Eye Gemstone, the largest pearl of them all. But it is also an account of friendship, guts and longing – and how sometimes you have to travel far in order to discover that what matters most is close by.
The Pearl Fisher and The Victor – the first and the last books of the series – were nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize in 2018 and 2020 respectively. The first book was also the winner of the prestigious Runeberg Junior Prize in 2018 and the nominee for the Children’s novel prize in Sweden. Here you can find a beautiful video of the author presenting the series and read an interesting short interview about Erlandsson’s inspirations.
Dedalus is a British publisher with almost forty years of publishing history, specialising in “its own distinctive genre, where the bizarre, the unusual, the grotesque and the surreal meld in a kind of intellectual fiction which is very European.” Erlandsson’s books will be published as a part of Young Dedalus series.
Congratulations to the author!