How many books by Danish authors in your school library?

Yes, you probably have some fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen there, but can you even name another Danish author? Astrid Lindgren, you cry, but no, she was actually Swedish.

Your students are probably surprisingly knowledgeable about Danish literature, even so. While many have enjoyed the recent films about Thor and Loki, few realise these Super Heroes are ancient Gods from the Nordic myths and legends.

To motivate them to find out more, there’s a new Danish classic on offer called Erik and the Gods; Journey to Valhalla by the distinguished Dane Lars-Henrik Olsen. (He also set up the Panda Club for the World Wildlife Fund but that’s another story…)

Aimed at lovers of adventure stories such as ‘Beast Quest’ this rollicking tale of a13 year old battling Giants and Monsters, has been translated into English for the first time. It’s considered the Danish equivalent to ‘Lord of the Rings’ and has won awards in Denmark and the UK. And yes, there’s going to be a film…

If you would like to read a copy – or book the author to give a talk at your school in October – there is an immediate opportunity. Or if you’d like to know more about our other YA fiction titles in translation,  please do call 0203 261 0000 or email or simply visit our website today:

Cheryl Robson