A captivating story about grannies and granddads keeping the criminals in check.
Author: Malin Klingenberg
Swedish original: Patrik och Pensionärsmakten
Publisher: Schildts & Söderströms, 2010
Genre: children’s fiction, middle-grade
Number of pages: 120 pp.
Reading material: Swedish original, Finnish Translation, English sample, English series synopsis
In a small-town school a boy sits in a class room, deep in thought. He’s called Patrik and he loves maps. Today will be the most exciting day of his life, although he doesn’t know it yet.
Soon enough the class tearaway, Irene, bullies Patrik into escaping from school. When he ends up on a wrong bus full of pensioners, things seem a bit awkward but then take an exciting turn. It appears that one of the senior citizens has been kidnapped and a group of villains are very interested in taking the other pensioners out of the game as well…
Patrik and The Senior Squad is the first book in a series of six novels for middle-grade readers, praised for their crazy humour, quirky characters and action-filled plots. The five books already published have been a huge Finland-
Swedish success. Originally written in Swedish, the series will come out in Finnish translation in 2019.
“The 7-year-olds and I are equally excited when we sit down with Patrik and The Senior Squad. […] the result is an absurd and wild, yet realistic adventure.”
– Vasabladet newspaper
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