Kiss of Santa: Crime Short Fiction (Finland)

Leena Lehtolainen, born in Vesanto in 1964, is Finland's most successful female crime author, with her titles consistently topping the country’s best-seller lists. More than two million copies of her books have been sold worldwide, and her works have been translated into twenty-nine languages. In addition to her career as an author, Lehtolainen has worked … Continue reading Kiss of Santa: Crime Short Fiction (Finland)

Children’s Title Pick: Goodnight Mr. Clutterbuck by Mauri Kunnas

From the award-winning Mauri Kunnas, one of Finland’s most celebrated children’s writers and illustrators, a hilarious picture book full of animals, humor, and colorful pictures. Mr. Clutterbuck is blissfully unaware of his reputation as the busiest and loudest sleepwalker in town. Meek and mild-mannered when awake, at night Mr. Clutterbuck seeks thrills and adventures. Often … Continue reading Children’s Title Pick: Goodnight Mr. Clutterbuck by Mauri Kunnas

USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: Bicycling to the Moon by Timo Parvela

In Bicycling to the Moon, Purdy the cat and Barker the dog live together in a sky-blue house on top of a hill. Barker likes the garden. He wants only to dig, to scratch up the earth and turn it over. But Purdy has big dreams: he wants to fly south with the birds, win … Continue reading USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: Bicycling to the Moon by Timo Parvela