BOOK ONE: THE DARKENSTAR
A favourite among Swedish readers of all ages, now available in English!
(UK hardcover release June 15; click below to download the e-book)
Download the teacher’s guide for years 6-8 here. (British school system, ages 11-13)
When the refugee boy Kasir appears in the little Swedish town of Klippsby, twelve-year-old Julia realises at once that something about her new classmate is a bit strange. But she doesn’t realise just how different he is until one fateful night when they are attacked by terrifying living shadows.
Along with her little brother Edvin and an old vagrant called the Troubadour, they are forced to flee through a magical portal to Kasir’s homeland. It is a world of boundless beauty, where art comes alive – but the shadows threaten to destroy all its wonders. While Julia and Edvin struggle with a new language, a new culture and unknown perils, they discover that they have a secret link to Kasir’s world. Perhaps they might even have the power to save it.
What readers are saying about the Swedish edition:
“A well-written story that can spellbind readers of a wide range of ages.” (Christina, culture journalist)
”The Darkenstar is superb. It has made my students want to read … I work in a multicultural area, and the story resonated with them.” (Marie, sixth grade teacher)
”A magical, artistic book that I couldn’t stop reading! 5 out of 5 gryphons!” (Cissi, book blogger)
”Thrilling and realistic! I enjoyed it, and I would love to read the sequel.” (Isidor, 12)
”My eight-year-old son loved it and immediately asked when he could hear more.” (Mikael, father)
”So freaking good and entertaining! I loved it.” (Nerdy Books)