This illustrated novel for the middle grade readers is a tale of longing to be part of a family, to find one’s place in the world, and to be loved as one is; a story of childlessness and dreams that fade or morph into nightmares. Page by page, it swells with inevitable force into a horror story that firmly holds the reader in its agonizing grip.
Whenever a ten-year-old Vega, who has always lived with her father, tries to ask about her mother, the only answer she gets is mysteries. Once a not-so-nice girlfriend starts dating her father, and Vega gets an unexpected pen pal, she decides to set out on an adventure to find out more about her mother. The book is a superb read for a child alone or for parents and children together.
The book has already sold close to 10,000 copies in Finland altogether.
Exciting news in the department children’s literature: two more titles by the author of spooky novels for the middle grade readers, Eva Frantz, are travelling abroad!
Frantz will now have a publisher in France, as her Christmas-themed spooky children’s novel The Mystery of Helmersbruk Manor (illustrated by Elin Sandström) has been acquired by Rageot. Rageot is one of the best-established children’s publishers in France, with the list of more than 400 titles, including the books for all age groups.
This is the 5th foreign rights deal for the title.
This is the 6th foreign rights deal for this title.
Eva Frantz rose to prominence with her adult crime series about detective Anna Glad. The books have sold over 55,000 copies in Finland altogether, and foreign rights have been sold to 5 territories. The second book in the series, The Eighth Maiden (2018), was awarded The Crime Novel of the Year in 2019, and nominated for the Glass Key Award, along with authors such as Jo Nesbø.
The Danish publisher will be Straarup & Co., a lovely house that, from HLA’s list, has previously published Karin Erlandsson’s novel for children, The Night Express, as well as the Christmas-themed mystery novel for children, The Mystery of Helmersbruk Manor, written by Eva Frantz and illustrated by Elin Sandström.
The Blue Yarn will be published in the English world will be Dedalus, who is also the publisher of Erlandsson’s The Song of the Eye Gemstoneseries.
The Blue Yarn: What I Know About Knitting,by award-winning novelist Karin Erlandsson, is an inspiring book seasoned with knitting humour about the history of knitting, women who knit, and its enduring appeal. Erlandsson weaves together a nonfiction book, in which personal memories expand into sharp observations about the effects of knitting on the knitter, those close to them, and society at large.
In it, knitting is presented not only in terms of clothing and preserving tradition, but also as a means of creating and conveying something new. As the world around us burns, it can be a way to survive – or to break the ranks. For those who are busy and stressed, it can be a means of recovering and finding balance.
These are the first foreign rights deals for the book.