Every year, Norway's biggest bookseller ARK awards what they call «the most important book prize» to one children's book. ARKs Barnebokpris (the children's literature prize) is voted on by 10.000 school children, which speaks to how well author Ingvild Bjerkeland knows her target group.
What happens when society suddenly breaks down, when strange and scary creatures roam the countryside, and no human can be trusted?
Abdi (13) and his little sister Alva (5) are running through the forest. Civilization has collapsed. Their mother and countless others have been murdered by terrifying beasts. No electricity or fuel is left. And the people that are still alive, are hiding – from the beasts and from each other.
We follow Abdi and Alva for a few, intense days through the forest and towards the sea, with the beasts at their heels. Who can they trust along the way? And will they get to safety?
Beasts is Cormac McCarthy’s The Road for children: Shudderingly creepy and incredible – and easy to read. An original thriller for readers 10 years and older.
Beasts was also nominated for Bokslukerprisen (The Middle Grade Award)
Horror for children gets darker
The dilemma in «Beasts» is actually that it's so good and believable.
What a story!
«Beasts» is one of the highlights within children's literature this spring.