Annika Thor

Annika Thor was born in 1950, and grew up in a Jewish home in Göteborg. She has been a librarian and an arts director, as well as a freelance writer in film, media and children’s culture. Annika also writes drama and film manuscripts, often for children and young people. Since her debut Annika Thor has become one of the most successful authors of books for children and young adults. Annika Thor’s first book, An Island in the Sea (En ö i havet) was published in 1996. The story is set in the 1940s, and is about two Jewish refugee sisters who come from Vienna, Austria, to live on an island in the Göteborg archipelago. It met with great critical acclaim, and was nominated for the prestigious August Prize. The book was followed by: Lily Pond (Näckrosdammen,1997), Sea Deep (Havets djup, 1998), and the concluding volume, Open Seas (Öppet hav, 1999). The entire tetralogy has been widely appreciated by both critics and readers alike in many countries.

In all she has published more than twenty books for children and adults of all ages. Often they portray people in dire situations, struggling to find a place in this life, with psychological and existential conflicts strongly affected by the society in which they live. In her novel “If not now, when” (Om inte nu så när, 2011) she returns to the time before and during World War II that she depicted in her first book.

She is widely praised both in Sweden and abroad, and has received numerous prizes such as the August Prize and the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis. So far her books have been translated into 18 different languages.

Books by Annika Thor

Your Brother My Sister

Annika Thor

Annika Thor writes with sensitivity about vulnerability and fellowship, identity and friendship. Johan has lived at the orphanage for as long as he can remember. Now he’s eleven years old and has had enough of all the hard work and beatings. He decid…

Swedish title: Dit ljuset inte når

Category: Children

Pub date: 10-09-2015

What Would You Do?

Annika Thor

Jesper and Abbe live in an ordinary small town, and have just started Year 8 in school. They have known each other almost all their lives, and hang out together practically every day. But then Jesper hooks up with Annie, and the situation changes. An…

Swedish title: Vad skulle du ha valt?

Category: Children

Pub date: 11-08-2008

Truth or Dare?

Annika Thor

Swedish title: Sanning eller konsekvens

Category: Children

Pub date: 16-09-2013

The New Shoes

Annika Thor

When Daddy goes shopping and Alva isn’t allowed to go with her older sister Elin and her best friend Madde to the swimming baths, Alva sets off on a journey of discovery out in the summerhouse, where Elin and her friend are sleeping. There she finds…

Swedish title: De nya skorna

Series: Alva & Love

Category: Children

Pub date: 31-03-2008

The Little Girl from Far Away

Annika Thor

Swedish title: Flickan från långt borta

Category: Children

Pub date: 31-03-2014

The Lily Pond

Annika Thor

Swedish title: Näckrosdammen

Series: A Faraway Island 2

Category: Children

Pub date: 10-09-2003

The Beast in the Labyrinth and other Greek Tales

Annika Thor

Evil brings death, jealousy and greed, passionate love and horrible revenge. In the tales of ancient Greece there is all this and more! When Annika Thor collects the well-known myths from ancient Greece, adding a few lesser known ones too, and Jakob…

Swedish title: Odjuret i labyrinten och andra grekiska myter

Category: Children

Pub date: 05-09-2016

Sleepover

Annika Thor

Love and his friend Danne have been playing all day. Danne thinks it’s a brilliant idea for Love to sleep over. Love isn’t so sure. When it’s bedtime and Love is lying on the camp bed, he sees that Danne has a cuddly toy as well, and has the courage…

Swedish title: Sova över

Series: Alva & Love

Category: Children

Pub date: 14-09-2009

Open Sea

Annika Thor

Swedish title: Öppet hav

Series: A Faraway Island 4

Category: Children

Pub date: 10-09-2003

Now, Tomorrow!

Annika Thor

This is a thought-provoking picture of a particular era, focusing on the dreams of four young people. The year is 1968. The month is May. The day is – no, it doesn’t matter. It is a day like any other. Or a day that changes everything. We meet Li, An…

Swedish title: Nu, imorgon!

Category: Children

Pub date: 26-08-2005

Mirabell and Astrakan

Annika Thor

Two children are waiting for Someone at a playground. But who is that Someone? Could they actually be waiting for each other?With playful references to Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”, this is a story about how you need to understand yourself to…

Swedish title: Mirabell och Astrakan

Category: Children

Pub date: 16-09-2019

Love’s Rabbit

Annika Thor

Love wakes up far too early and can’t get back to sleep. At last it’s Thursday, and Love is going to collect Hoppy, his rabbit, from the pet shop in the shopping centre at Färsta. He’s been waiting for a whole week. Hoppy is small and grey, and Mummy…

Swedish title: Loves kanin

Series: Alva & Love

Category: Children

Pub date: 31-03-2008

Happy Hour

Annika Thor

Natalie and Jossan are rehearsing a dance for happy hour. They want Alva to join in, although she keeps on going the wrong way. But Filippa can’t join in. All she can do is make decisions, according to them. This takes away all the fun of appearing i…

Swedish title: Roliga timmen

Series: Alva & Love

Category: Children

Pub date: 14-09-2009

Deep Sea

Annika Thor

  ————————————————————————— Review for the English edition: The third installment in a proposed quartet of books about Stephie’s experiences as a Jewish refugee in Sweden during World…

Swedish title: Havets djup

Series: A Faraway Island 3

Category: Children

Pub date: 10-09-2003

A Faraway Island

Annika Thor

Stephie and Nellie Steiner are sent from Vienna to Sweden in 1939 to escape the German persecution of the Jews. Their mother and father have to remain behind, and Stephie, who is twelve, has promised to look after her little sister. On the ferry carr…

Swedish title: En ö i havet : samlingsutgåva

Series: Part one

Category: Children

Pub date: 14-02-2005

The Lighthouse and the Stars

Per Thor

On an island out in the sea, the longing to know the truth is growing inside Blenda – and one stormy autumn night the story catches up with her… Blenda Starry Eyes. That’s what her daddy used to call her. But Blenda and Erik’s father has been gone fo…

Swedish title: Fyren och stjärnorna

Category: Children

Pub date: 20-08-2009