Rakel’s friends are the best at keeping secrets. Yet, she can’t tell them everything. Nour lives in Västervik with her new family and Rakel and Tove remained in Stockholm. All the best places are there – the graveyard and the place for guitar lessons. And home is good too, of course, even if they don’t even have a hamster. Just tired fishes in a tank. And a secret, that weighs several tons.
Because of a witch’s spell and her hidden book of magic, twins Bento and Manu go on a journey through the world of fairy tales. They meet Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, and other characters. But all of these unexpected and exciting encounters don’t seem to be enough because what they really dreamed of was to meet a special friend of their grandmother’s: the witch Abdula.
Ten stories about some of the indigenous peoples of Brazil and Latin America filled with fantastical elements that take the reader to a world in which rivers, trees and waterfalls have their own powers and where nothing is impossible. A captivating read!
Tumi Letsatsiis a 15-year old living in Rondebosch, Cape Town. Her favourite colour is yellow, she’s still trying to figure out how not to dent her afro on the bus, and how one goes about “french kissing”. She stumbles across the magic of coding and creates an app called “Project Prep” that goes viral and rockets her and her friends to fame. But everything starts soon to fall apart.
Petra Postert When Josy’s grandfather passes away, she inherits his beehive. At first, Josy is confused. Bees have not exactly been her favourite pets up to now. But after a while, with the help of the elderly Alma, her grandfather’s friend, she discovers her love for the little buzzing creatures. Shortlisted for the French- German Youth Literature Prize 2018.
written by Reeli Reinaus & illustrated by Marja-Liisa Plats
Twelve-year-old Marius and his older brother Martin recently moved to the countryside with their parents. Martin, who is very sociable, has already found a lot of friends, but Marius just can’t seem to fit in. Yet when the boy meets Lisa, a loner, at school, the adventures begin with no further ado. WHITE RAVENS 2018.
written by Zeynep Alpaslan & illustrated by Vaghar Aghaei
A story of friendship between an old lady and a little girl thanks to a cat named Tokyo. It all started when the old lady ordered a pair of sandals on the internet. One night she hears scratching and meowing coming from the box. During the night the sandals have magically turned into a real cat! With the help of the cat the old lady overcomes her fears and starts making friends. The illustrations by the Iranian illustrator Vaghar Aghaei are a perfect match to this touching story.
written by Anja Gatu (9 – 12 years, 200 pages) Nothing can stop Marta once she gets hold of the ball! Not her brother who doesn’t want her to play in the streets. Not having to work to help her mom pay the bills. Not even starting school can stop her from dreaming of a life of soccer. But when the chance to go play in Rio arises, willpower and soccer skills just aren’t enough. Because it costs money, the one thing Marta’s family doesn’t have.
written by Deakla Keydar & illustrated by Ilana Zafran
Life is not fair, thinks Aviv, when her beloved cat Georgie gets lost. But the search for Georgie leads Aviv to fresh discoveries, not only of new friends and wayward cats but also of her true self. An original coming of age story in which we meet a young heroine with an open heart and find out that children, cats and life can be full of surprises. Ilana Zafran’s illustrations add wit and warmth to this memorable story about mending young hearts. Deakla Keydar is the author of Mummy Don’t Go and The Sad Alligator and the Fly.
Miriam, Tell Me is a historical novel for beginner readers based on the Biblical character Miriam who saved her brother Moses thanks to her courage and resourcefulness. Through her clever eyes and fresh voice, young readers get an insight into the ways of life and the dramatic upheavals of the time.
Orna Pilz’s simple and sharp writing builds a bridge over thousands of years for young readers of today together with Moran Yogev’s stunning illustrations.