Vuokko Hurme’s Rotation Series sold to Estonia

Vuokko Hurme (Photo: Tuure Hurme)

Rahva Raamat has acquired the Estonian rights of Vuokko Hurme’s three-part middle-grade series: Upside Down, Right-Side Up and About-Turn.

Rahva Raamat is the Estonian publisher of such children’s authors as David Walliams, Jeff Kinney, Erin Hunter and J.K. Rowling.

Rotation series has been praised for its unique idea: what would happen if the world turned upside down – if the gravity would make everything fall into the sky? How could you keep on living in a world where you are all the time facing the danger of falling down? And where does everything fall to – is there something beneath the Sky?

Mind-boggling, smart and heartfelt, Vuokko Hurme’s Rotation series is an adventure, a story of a friendship and a praise to writing: the narrator of the three novels is 8-year-old Lenna, who is writing down the exciting turns of her family and her friend, Jaan.

Read more about the books from the links: Upside Down, Right-Side Up, About-Turn.

Hotakainen’s bestselling Story sold to Czech Republic, Hungary and Latvia

Kari Hotakainen’s #1 bestselling Story has been acquired by Dybbuk in the Czech Republic, Polar in Hungary and Petergailis in Latvia.

Kari Hotakainen (Photo: Laura Malmivaara)

The number 1 bestseller with over 30,000 copies sold between mid-August 2020 and January 2021, Kari Hotakainen’s Story has been previously sold to Iperborea in Italy.

Kari Hotakainen has been awarded for his previous works with the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize, Finland’s biggest literary award the Finlandia Prize, the Prix du Courrier International and the Prix Coup du Coeur, amongst others. His first nonfiction book, The Unknown Kimi Räikkönen (2018) is the best-selling Finnish nonfiction work of all times with over 200,000 sold copies in Finland and over 100,000 abroad. 

Story has been described as slyly moving and wildly funny; in it, the countryside has been turned into a Recreation Area, and everyone has been made to live in the City. As there is not enough housing for everyone, a brutal playoff begins. Who can tell the most attractive story and make their lives seem interesting and get an apartment?

Runeberg Prize winning REC sold to Denmark

Jensen & Dalgaard in Denmark have acquired the rights of Marisha Rasi-Koskinen’s novel REC, awarded a week ago on Friday with Runeberg Prize.

Marisha Rasi-Koskinen. (Photo: Miikka Pirinen)

REC, praised by readers and critics alike, is an atmospheric, post-modern dive into the fragmented reality we are living today. When teenager Lucas meets a peculiar boy named Cole, it is a start of a decades-long on-and-off friendship. In the story, real and fictional characters are present simultaneously, images and stories begin many times and in many places, and dark, possessive and manipulating side of people take over with irrevocable outcome – unless… nothing is true.

Jensen & Dalgaard is a Danish publisher with a strong list of quality fiction. From Finland, they are the publisher of Selja Ahava, Anu Kaaja, Juhani Karila, Leena Krohn, and several others.

Marisha Rasi-Koskinen has written six works of fiction. She has been awarded with the Finlandia Junior Prize, and for REC with the Torch-Bearer Prize and the Runeberg Prize.

Finlandia Prize winner Kytömäki’s Goldheart sold to France, a Lithuanian offer for Margarita on the table

Anni Kytömäki (Photo: Liisa Valonen)

Anni Kytömäki’s Finlandia Prize winning novel Margarita is gaining a lot of attention abroad. The rights have been sold to Estonia and Hungary, optioned in France, and an offer from Lithuania is on the table.

Anni Kytömäki’s bestselling debut novel Goldheart (2014) has been sold to France to Rue de l’échiquier, who has also optioned Kytömäki’s second novel Stone Weaver (2017) and the recent Margarita (2020).

At the moment, there is also an Lithuanian offer for Margarita on the table.

The rights of Margarita have previously been sold to Estonia (Ühinenud ajakirjad) and Hungary (Polar). Bestseller #1 in Finland with so far over 55,000 copies sold in Finland, Margarita is gaining a lot of international attention.

The novel, set in 50s Finland, is a page-turning, stunningly topical story in which the fates of people intertwine in an era when the relationship between people and nature start to change. With similarities to such recent successes as Delia Owen’s Where the Crawdads Sing and Richard Powers’ OverstoryMargarita writes the people as inseparable parts of the nature surrounding us.

The author’s debut novel Goldheart  (2015) was nominated for the Finlandia Prize and Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize, and it was awarded Gummerus’ Kaarle Prize. Goldheart, a bestseller in Finland, also received the Torch-Bearer Prize, and it won the bloggers’ best book of the year award, Blogistanian Finlandia. In 2017, Kytömäki published the critically acclaimed Stone Weaver, which went straight to #3 on the bestseller list when it came out.

Runeberg Junior winner Night Express sold to Estonia and Lithuania

Karin Erlandsson’s and Peter Bergting’s masterful, adventurous pre-Christmas novel in 24 chapters Night Express, that has been compared to Maja Lunde’s international success The Snow Sister, has been sold to Sinisukk in Estonia and Alma littera in Lithuania.

Night Express (2020)

The title was awarded the Runeberg Prize on Thursday last week, and the interest towards this children’s novel has kept growing since.

Sinisukk is the Estonian publisher of Karin Erlandsson’s four-novel adventure series Song of the Eye Gemstone, recently also sold to UK. Sinisukk has a wide list of children’s literature, and they are the publisher of, among others, Astrid Lindgren in Estonia.

Alma littera is the biggest publishing house in Lithuania, with a large and impressive list, including such children’s authors as J. K. Rowling and Roald Dahl.