33 Arches and One Teahouse

by Mehrnousch Zaeri-Esfahani  U4-U1_0537_33_BOGEN_UND_EIN_TEEHAUS.indd

Little Mehrnousch and her three siblings, children of a surgeon, have a privileged childhood in the lovely city of Isfahan in Iran in the 70s. Like most others, the family celebrates the eviction of the Shah as a fortunate event—little do they expect that the new ruler Ayatollah Chomeini would establish a despotic rule and rob them of their freedom in no time at all.

Bewildered with fear and anger, Mehrnousch experiences how the oppression begins to find its way into all areas of life. When her 14-year-old brother is in danger of being sent into war, the family flees via Istanbul and East Berlin to West Germany. They begin an odyssey through refugee hostels, a constant up and down between hope and despair until the family at last finds a new home in Heidelberg.

Mehrnousch Zaeri-Esfahani narrates the story of her life with poetic power. She tells of the beauty of Isfahan and happy family life, of the torment of the dictatorship, of the sad, but sometimes also cheerful experiences during these years. Of the feeling of speech– and homelessness and the joy of arrival.

  • Winner of the LUCHS Award 2016
  • 7 Best Books for Young Readers – April 2016

A testimonial and parable at the same time. An outstanding novel that will persist. – NZZ am Sonntag, Christine Knödler

The author very touchingly tells of parting, loss and despair—consistently from the child’s point of view. –Süddeutsche Zeitung

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 148 pp | Jan 2016 | 12+

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[original title: 33 Bogen und ein Teehaus]

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Talitha

by Carolin Philipps Talitha

15-year-old Talitha and her family live in a village 30 kilometres north of Damaskus. Her father is a doctor, the mother, who used to work as an interpreter, looks after her and her two brothers.

Everything is fine until Muslim rebels seize the village, destroy the cloisters and churches and perpetrate a bloodbath one day. Talitha’s brother Noah is killed in the attacks. The family flees; from Syria to Europe, to Vienna. From here they want to make their way to relatives in Germany, but the family is separated. By the time they manage to get in contact again, Talitha and her one remaining brother are on the German side of the border, whilst their parents are on the Austrian side. The border has been closed.

The storyline has been set up as a diary. The respective period is September 2013 until September 2015.

Obelisk | hc | 240 pp | Feb 2016 | 14+

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[original title: Talitha]

English reading sample available!

 

When the Cold Wind Blows

by Michaela Holzinger kalt_blaest_der_wind

Her father used to show Malena the colourful side of life. But since he has passed away there is only one colour left: the grey that her deeply depressive mother spreads. To the rest of the world, Malena tries to maintain the pretence of an unimpaired and normal everyday life.

However, an unexpected letter unhinges everything: Malena secretly has to try to find answers. Her journey into the past creates new friendships and even cautious optimism, but the secrets surrounding her family are dark enough to even turn the grey into black. It is only when she fully understands everything that she will be able to help herself and her mother.

Obelisk | hc | 220 pp | Feb 2016 | 12+

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[original title: Kalt bläst der Wind]

Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You

Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You

Über tausend Hügelby Hanna Jansen

Together with her big brother Jando and her little sister Teya, Jeanne is well looked after as she grows up in Rwanda. Her parents—both teachers and members of the Tutsi—educate their children with affectionate rigour.

But shortly after Jeanne’s eighth birthday her carefree childhood comes to a sudden end: in April 1994 the Rwandan genocide begins and in just 100 days a million people lose their lives. Amongst the dead are Jando, Teya and Jeanne’s parents.

Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You narrates the story of an impressive girl that flees from the murderers of her family. The book tells of Jeanne’s fear and despair, but also of her courage, her pride and her unwavering will to survive the catastrophe. She starts a new life far away from Rwanda.

Jeanne’s story is unique yet her fate is exemplary of the plight and distress of innumerable people who suffer and experience migration and displacement today.

This is an extraordinary book. It needs to be on the school curriculum, like The Diary of Ann Frank or All Quiet on the Western Front. I’ll never forget it. – Emma Thompson

At times I couldn’t bear to carry on reading, I was so deeply affected by it. – Berlie Doherty

  • New, revised edition!
  • Winner of the Buxtehuder Bulle
  • Austrian Children’s and Young Adult Prize – Nomination
  • Goldmedal Indpendent Publisher Book Award
  • Friedrich-Gerstäcker-Prize – Nomination

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 304 pp | Feb 2015 | 14+

Rights sold: Dutch, English, Korean

[original title: Über tausend Hügel wandere ich mit dir]

Max and the Space-Time Folding Inversion

by Frank Schlender Max und die Sache mit der Raumzeit

Science fiction nerds Max, Willi and Ben discover a light inside the ruinous mansion. Over night, a strange elderly lady seems to have moved in with her daughter Penelope. Penelope, a striking appearance with platinum blonde hair, rouses unknown feelings in Max. But then the boys discover that the girl has triangular hairs with serial numbers! This prompts the ‘science fiction experts’ to investigate are Penelope and her mother robots?

Südpol Verlag | hc | 304 pp | Feb 2015 | 12+

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[original title: Max und die Sache mit der Raumzeit-Faltungsinversion]

 

Sharks Don’t Come Ashore

by Karin Bruder Haifische kommen nicht an Land

Twelve-year old Joaquín lives on an island in Lake Nicaragua and thanks to his many jobs his family manages to survive. When he meets the fascinating German girl Rosa, daughter of an ethnologist, he delights in the opportunity to earn a little extra money with interviews given to Rosa’s dad. When Rosa discovers that he invented a few facts to embellish his accounts, Joaquín cannot handle the doubt in his integrity. Deeply offended, he runs away and leaves the island for the first time …

The text can be read effortlessly and quickly; it is vibrant and bursting with life, and gets you thinking beyond the time of reading. – Julia Süßbrich, Eselsohr-leseabenteuer.de

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 200 pp | Feb 2015 | 10+

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[original title: Haifische kommen nicht an Land]

Nana’s Love

by Sonwabiso Ngcowa Nanas Liebe_lr

A South African love story

The young South African Sonwabiso Ngcowa tells the touching story of the lesbian girl Nana—based on a true story.

Nana grows up in poor circumstances in the country, but is cared for by her beloved grandmother. When her grandmother gets into financial difficulties, 14-year-old Nana has to move in with her parents, who live in the township Masi at the edge of Capetown. The unexpected affectionate welcome helps Nana get over the pain of separation from her grandmother.

The girls at Nana’s new school only have one thing on their minds: the right outfit and boys! Nana feels like a stranger, because she doesn’t share the others’ passion. Only when she falls in love with Agnes, a girl in the neighbourhood, does Nana begin to understand herself. Nana now experiences both: great happiness and the fear of rejection and brutal violence. Because even if the right of sexual self-determination is established by South African law, there is open aggressive resentment against the ’abnormal’. For her love, Nana will have to go down a difficult and rocky road, but she eventually succeeds in living her own life.

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 160 pp | July 2014 | 13+

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[original title: Nanas Liebe]

Speed of Light

by Joy Cowley  Speed of Light

With a father more interested in money than family, a brother in prison, a sister with a secret, and a mother in denial, it’s no wonder Jeff buries himself in the safe world of mathematics.

When a storm hits Wellington, a strange old woman is blown into Jeff’s life, challenging everything he thinks is true.

Sometimes families need rescuing from themselves. This is true of teenager Jeff’s family … it is drama of the highest level. – Bob’s Books Blog (NZ), July 2014

Gecko Press | children’s fiction | pb | 208 pp | Aug 2014 | 11+

Rights sold: Chinese (complex), Korean

Dunger

by Joy Cowley  Dunger

William and Melissa have been roped into helping their old hippie grandparents fix up their holiday home in the middle of the Sounds. They’ll have no electricity, no cellphone reception, and only each other for company. As far as they’re concerned, this is not a holiday.

A highly readable new pre-teen novel from the beloved New Zealand writer Joy Cowley.

  • Winner, NZ Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2014, Junior Fiction category
  • Winner, LIANZA Book Awards 2014, Esther Glen Junior Fiction category
  • Storylines Notable Book

Spirited, warm, intelligent and has sensible and mature messages to impart. – The Bookbag (UK)

Hilarious and endearing. – The NZ Listener 50 Best Children’s Books of 2013, November 2013

Dry, droll and never dull … rich and deep. This is what our ordinary lives are like. manages to give us pride in ourselves and also makes us laugh at ourselves. – Judges’ Report, New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, June 2014

Gecko Press | pb | 156 pp | Oct 2013 | 10+

Rights sold: Korean

iX-Mission Scrapyard

by Ina Krabbe   iX Mission Schrottplatz

A brilliant story about two boys, their friendship and the power of the imagination.
Milo and Jannis accidentally witness an assault on old Geronimo in his scrapyard. Before Geronimo lapses into a coma, he asks the boys to look after iX and the others. But who on earth is iX? And who are the others? With the help of a butterfly and a good deal of courage the boys manage to uncover old Geronimo’s incredible secret and his curious metal beings whose lifeblood is storytelling.
When they find out that the scrapyard is supposed to be razed to the ground, Milo and Jannis concoct a daring plan to save the robots—a gripping read is guaranteed!

Südpol Verlag | hc | 200 pp | with b&w illustrations | 2014 | 9-11 yrs

Rights sold: Turkish

[original title: iX Mission Schrottplatz]

Tales of Fontania

Volume of Possible Endings

Queen and the Nobody Boy

Travelling Restaurant

The Travelling Restaurant (vol. 1)

The Queen and the Nobody Boy (vol. 2)

The Volume of Possible Endings (vol. 3)

by Barbara Else


The Travelling Restaurant

In the reign of Lady Gall (Provisional Monarch of Fontania), the word ‘magic’ is forbidden...  When 12 year old Jasper Ludlow’s parents flee the city, he gets left behind and finds refuge on The Travelling Restaurant, a sailing ship captained by old Dr Rocket and crewed by feisty PollyJasper faces challenges, adventures, storms and hungry pirates. Should he go in search of his parents, or his lost baby sister? Who should he trust? And why is Lady Gall hunting him?

  • New Zealand IBBY Honour Book for Writing 2012
  • NZ Post Children’s Book Awards 2012, Junior finalist
  • Storylines Notable Book 2012
  • White Raven Award 2012
  • LIANZA Esther Glen Award 2012

One of the most enchanting books that I have read for a long time… I just absolutely loved it. – Kate De Goldi 

A heaping plateful of adventure, spiced to perfection with dangers, deft humor and silly bits. – Starred Kirkus review

Gecko Press | 304 pp | April 2011 |11 +

Rights sold: Dutch, French


The Queen and the Nobody Boy

Hodie is the unpaid odd-job boy at the Grand Palace in the Kingdom of Fontania. Fed-up, he decides to leave and better himself. The young Queen, 12-year-old Sibilla, is fed-up too, because of gossip about her lack of magical ability. She decides to run away with Hodie, whether he likes it or not. An adventure story about greed, rebellion, and finding allies in the most unlikely places.

  • Storylines Notable Book 2013
  • Junior Fiction Honour Award, NZ Post Children’s Book Awards 2013
  • Junior Fiction Finalist, LIANZA Children’s Book Awards 2013

Else makes the book into something that you just can’t tear yourself away from! – The Guardian

Gecko Press | 326 pp | Sept 2012 | 11+

The Volume of Possible Endings

Dorrity is the only child in magic-free Owl Town. When she finds an enchanted book with dire predictions, she must face her enemies. And who is the strange boy who has appeared in the Beastly Dark?

This stand-alone pre-teen adventure/fantasy novel is third book in the ‘Tale of Fontania’ series of novels. Filled with humour, action, adventure, and magic, this is a truly gripping read featuring a large and memorable cast of characters.

Gecko Press | 336 pp | Nov 2014 | 11+
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Shrimp Season

by Hanna Jansen Zeit der Krabben

Having finished high-school on the mainland, Cynthia returns to her native island in the Caribbean. A little paradise, actually: with white beaches and palm trees this is every tourist’s dream. Cynthia’s mother Mathilda runs a restaurant overlooking the most beautiful bay. But what Cynthia experiences and sees during the weeks of shrimp season has little in common with paradise.
Her father Alphonso, whom she has always looked up to, loses his job as a prison inspector and spends his time with shady dealings. Cynthia and Mathilda have to handle the hard work at the restaurant by themselves. Nobody suspects that Alphonso has joined a business that has affected life on the island for some time and that has disastrous consequences: drug-trafficking. Cynthia is particularly shocked to find that the clever Guiguito is also involved with these wheelings and dealings; even more so because she has developed romantic feelings for her childhood friend with her return to the island.
Hanna Jansen’s thrilling novel shows how Cynthia succeeds in salvaging her vision of an autonomous future as well as affectionate human relationships in spite of all the adverse commotion in her life.

Peter Hammer Verlag | pb | YA fiction | 185 pp | July 2013 | 13+

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[original title: Zeit der Krabben]

Heartstones

by Hanna Jansen  Herzsteine

It’s a lot to ask: Sam is to go to school on the island of Sylt – far from his home town and friends. Sam’s mother Fe is the reason for the family’s move. Fe comes from Rwanda and fled her country during the genocide that took place 17 years ago. Her trauma has now caught up with her and she is in danger of getting seriously ill. The family hopes that living on the island will be good for her.

Sam is not the only odd one out at the new school and he’s impressed with how Enna bears the continuous mockery with calm self-confidence. They get close, but once again, Sam is swept away. This time, to Rwanda where he finally learns who is mother really is.

Superb! – five out of five stars in the Bücher magazine

A moving, sombre and beautiful story about the awareness of our roots. – Wiebke Schleser, Der BuchSegler

Hanna Jansen narrates Fe’s tragic story that carries a great ray of hope in a very emphatic and enthralling manner. – Sandra Rudel, Buchhandlung Schmitz junior

Hanna Jansen knows how to build suspense. Bit by bit does the reader find out who the voice behind the repeated narrations of a different life really is. Heartstones is a gripping book about a strong boy who finally dares to set out for a new beginning. – Bücher 03/12

[…] one of the outstanding young adult books this Spring. […] An unbelievably evocative book that gets under your skin. – Berliner Morgenpost, March 2012

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 208 pp | Feb 2012 | 14+

Rights sold: German (paperback rights)

[original title: Herzsteine]

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Romeo and Jabulile

by Lutz van Dijk  Romeo_und_Jabulile_01

Jabulile, a 13 year-old girl in a South-Afrikan township, is the star of her soccer team. One day, when she has shot a spectacular goal, a boy she has never seen before comes to congratulate her. He turns out to be one of the many refugees who have come from Simbabwe because of hunger and unemployment. His name is Romeo and Jabulile falls in love with him. Since Jabulile’s brother and many others in her township are hostile to the refugees, Romeo lives in constant danger and the young lovers have to hide.

A touching story about a young love and emerging xenophobia in South Africa.

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 112 pp | 2010 | 13+

Rights sold: Catalan, English (world), Galician, Spanish

[original title: Romeo und Jabulile]

Shorty. The Professor and the Little Monkey

by Andrea Hensgen  Shorty_01

Professor Bob Nelly is a biologist, his special subject is the behaviour of monkeys. On a small island he has built himself a little hut, well hidden in the wood. His hiding place is only a few hundred metres away from a bay, where a horde of macaques has settled. Bob Nelly is enthusastic about what he learns from his observations. The professor soon sets his heart on a little monkey, who behaves differently from all the other members of his peer group. His sympathy for this monkey increases every day and finally leads Bob Nelly to make a fatal mistake. An exciting adventure story for enquiring children.

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 112 pp | 2010 | 11+

Rights sold: Korean

[original title: Shorty. Der Professor und der kleine Affe]

Buddha’s Secret

by Andrea Liebers  Geheimnis des Buddha

Somewhere in an Indian village the earth begins to tremble in the middle of the night. The siblings Siri and Tissa run into the open. They watch the earth’s tremors with fascination and find out the reason for the earth quake from an old man on the following day: The death of the sublime Buddha has caused the commotion of the earth and the skies. But who was this Buddha, who allegedly was not a common person, but virtuous and perfect in every way? The old man tells the children the fascinating personal history of Buddha which begins with the little Prince Siddharta.

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 192 pp | 10+

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[original title: Das Geheimnis des Buddha]

Nobody Will Ever Kill Me

by Mbu Maloni  Niemand wird mich töten

In this moving and gripping tale of his life, Mbu recounts his childhood growing up in the shacks of some of the poorest townships in the Eastern and Western Cape; the battle to survive hunger, neglect and sleeping on the streets; the beloved older brother who took care of him as a toddler; the unwavering dream of education that kept him going; and the search for values and dignity in a world of alcohol, drugs, crime and few positive role models.

Mbu’s story is the story of countless other young men and women in South Africa, born into similar situations of hardship, growing up abandoned or neglected by parents themselves in need of parenting. What makes his story different is that it is a journey not of despair but transformation, lit by the kindness of friends and strangers, and Mbu’s own determination not to stop hoping for a better life.

Written with Lutz van Dijk.

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 150 pp | 2011 | 13+

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[original title: Niemand wird mich töten]

Elwin Trilogy

by Jürgen Föhr Elwin Schneezauber
Magical Snow (vol. 1)  [original title: Schneezauber]
Gold Fever (vol. 2)  [original title: Goldrausch]
Rose Water (vol. 3)  [original title: Rosenwasser]

He was meant to be a bear, but then a long pair of rabbit ears was sewn onto his head by mistake. The soft toy manufacturers Leila and Karl name him Elwin and place him amongst their other unusual stuffed toys as a talisman. During the night the animals awaken and tell Elwin about their queen, about Maledonia, elves and trolls. Queen Mala invites Elwin to a feast with a sledging race as its highlight. Elwin quickly makes friends with troll Groohi and snow fairy Elea. But the sledging race is in danger and Elea is kidnapped. Extremely worried for her safety, Elwin and Groohi set off immediately in order to rescue her. On their way through an enchanted forest Groohi gets injured and Elwin has to continue on his own; their attackers clearly outnumbering them …

Bennele Verlag | pb | 196 pp | March 2013 | 10+
All rights available

  

The Volume of Possible Endings

by Barbara Else Volume of Possible Endings

Tales of Fontania – vol. 3

Dorrity is the only child in magic-free Owl Town. When she finds an enchanted book with dire predictions, she must face her enemies. And who is the strange boy who has appeared in the Beastly Dark?

This stand-alone pre-teen adventure/fantasy novel is third book in the ‘Tale of Fontania’ series of novels. Filled with humour, action, adventure, and magic, this is a truly gripping read featuring a large and memorable cast of characters.

Gecko Press | 336 pp | Nov 2014 | 11+

All rights available

The Queen and the Nobody Boy

by Barbara Else Queen and the Nobody Boy

Tales of Fontania – vol. 2

Hodie is the unpaid odd-job boy at the Grand Palace in the Kingdom of Fontania. Fed-up, he decides to leave and better himself. The young Queen, 12-year-old Sibilla, is fed-up too, because of gossip about her lack of magical ability. She decides to run away with Hodie, whether he likes it or not. An adventure story about greed, rebellion, and finding allies in the most unlikely places.

  • Storylines Notable Book 2013
  • Junior Fiction Honour Award, NZ Post Children’s Book Awards 2013
  • Junior Fiction Finalist, LIANZA Children’s Book Awards 2013

Else makes the book into something that you just can’t tear yourself away from! – The Guardian

Gecko Press | 326 pp | Sept 2012 | 11+

All rights available

The Travelling Restaurant

by Barbara Else Travelling Restaurant

Tales of Fontania – vol. 1

In the reign of Lady Gall (Provisional Monarch of Fontania), the word ‘magic’ is forbidden...  When 12 year old Jasper Ludlow’s parents flee the city, he gets left behind and finds refuge on The Travelling Restaurant, a sailing ship captained by old Dr Rocket and crewed by feisty PollyJasper faces challenges, adventures, storms and hungry pirates. Should he go in search of his parents, or his lost baby sister? Who should he trust? And why is Lady Gall hunting him?

  • New Zealand IBBY Honour Book for Writing 2012
  • NZ Post Children’s Book Awards 2012, Junior finalist
  • Storylines Notable Book 2012
  • White Raven Award 2012
  • LIANZA Esther Glen Award 2012

One of the most enchanting books that I have read for a long time… I just absolutely loved it. – Kate De Goldi 

A heaping plateful of adventure, spiced to perfection with dangers, deft humor and silly bits. – Starred Kirkus review

Gecko Press | 304 pp | April 2011 | 11 +

Rights sold: Dutch, French