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Without a Trace

Winner of the Topelius Prize

Author: Salla Simukka

Original title: Jäljellä | Published: Spring 2012 | Publisher: Tammi
Class: Youth novel | Pages: 221| Format: 134 x 213 mm | Binding: Hardcover

Rights: Elina Ahlback Literary Agency

Rights sold: Belgium, Netherlands

Have you ever wished that everyone else in the world would just disappear? You’d better watch out what you wish for.

Emmi Aalto is a 15-year-old girl who feels like she doesn’t have anything. She hasn’t figured out what she’s good at in school yet; she’s still just a “Potential”. Her family doesn’t seem to pay any attention to her at home. And she has never had any friends. Emmi decides to run away, so she could at least  become the girl who disappeared. But when she comes back home, there’s no one there. Or next door. Or in the entire town. Everyone has disappeared – or have they?

Without a Trace is a mysterious story of the near future, where being normal is nothing. It is also a suspense-filled mystery that sends an avalanche of questions sliding down in front of Emmi. What happened? Who can she trust? Who are her friends? Does she dare to fall in love? Who is sending her fairytales clues, and what are they trying to communicate? Without a Trace tells about loneliness that isn’t inevitable after all, and the courage that lies within.

Elsewhere, a sequel that contains the missing pieces of the puzzle from Without a Trace, was released in Fall 2012.

Elsewhere

Winner of the Topelius Prize

Author: Salla Simukka

Original title: Toisaalla | Published: Fall 2012 | Publisher: Tammi
Class: Youth novel | Pages: 233 | Format: 134 x 213 mm | Binding: Hardcover

Rights: Elina Ahlback Literary Agency

Rights sold: Belgium, Netherlands

Will you save the one you love or love the one you save?

Eighteen-year-old Samuel is the stereotypical nerd. His nights are spent playing on the computer and his days in bed. Now that he has finished school, Samuel is in danger of completely losing touch with society. But then he is invited to join a secret project that pays shockingly well. Samuel is caught up in the construction of a virtual world that is full of surprises. However, the biggest surprise for him is that he falls in love. Everything else loses its meaning when Samuel decides to save Emmi, the girl of his dreams. Elsewhereis an astounding vision of what the world of virtual gaming could become in the near future. It also deals with the difficulties of relationships between parents and children and the inability of adults to cope with many of the problems young people face. And of course it is a story of first love, which is always intense, turbulent and beautiful.

Salla Simukka’s Without a Trace and Elsewhere complement each other as they gradually reveal layer after layer of secrets. Set in Finland in the near future, this thrilling pair of books keeps their hold on the reader to the very last page.

 

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