January 19, 2015

UK publisher acquires Finnish series

Maria Turtschaninoff won last year's Finlandia Junior Prize.
Maria Turtschaninoff won last year's Finlandia Junior Prize.
Karin Lindroos

Pushkin Children’s Books in the UK has acquired world English rights to a new young adults series by Finnish author Maria Turtschaninoff.

The Elina Ahlback Agency have now sold the rights to The Red Abbey Chronicles in six languages, and the first volume, Maresi, won last year’s Finlandia Junior Prize.

The books are set in a magical fantasy world and contain a strong feminist message.

Pushkin will publish Maresi in the first half of 2016, with the remaining two volumes to be published in 2017 and 2018.

Turtschaninoff has become known for her ability to craft rich, historically inspired worlds of magical realism.

Besides the Finlandia Junior Prize, she has won the Swedish YLE Literature prize and the Society of Swedish Literature Prize, the latter on two occasions. She has also been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

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