The childrenâ€™s and YA books by Seita Vuorela (nÃ©e Seita Parkkola, b. 1971) often feature magical elements and a hint of melancholy. An unfortunate event overshadows the summer vacation of brothers Mitya and Vladimir in Karikko (â€˜The Reefâ€™): Mityaâ€™s best friend died in an accident. Mitya befriends some boys who have set up camp on the beach, and then ends up in in a world filled with mystery and magic. Viima (â€˜Breezeâ€™) is the story of Viima, a 12-year-old who is always getting himself into difficulties. His stepmother regards these episodes as a constant irritation, so she sends Viima to the â€˜School of Opportunitiesâ€™, a place run according to strict rules. There he meets India. Together they plan to put up resistance to the harsh regime.
Seita Vuorela studied literature, philosophy and womenâ€™s studies at the University of Turku and worked as a journalist and photographer. She also teaches creative writing, mainly for children, and lives in Turku.
Wir fallen nicht, Ravensburger 2014, Ãœbersetzung: Tanja KÃ¼ddelsmann
Wir kÃ¶nnen alles verlieren. Oder gewinnen, Beltz 2012, Ãœbersetzung: Elina Kritzokat
Photo: Â© Laura Malmivaara