Eight, Almost Nine
Eight, Almost NineRose Lagercrantz, illustrated by Rebecka Lagercrantz
Olga Olsson, eight, almost nine, is really rather happy with her life.
But when her mum is taken to the hospital, she suddenly has to go and stay with her aunt and uncle. They are kind but it turns out that their daughter Augusta does not want for Olga to live with them, she wants her mum and dad to herself.
She is mean to Olga, and Olga has to be kind. That is what she promised her mum.
But when one day she is suspected of making her cousin walk on a dangerous bridge parapet without a handrail, everything seems so hopeless, and Olga runs to mum in hospital.
Eight, Almost Nine is a story about trying to cope with changes in life.
It’s about the difficulty of being nice, about realizing you don’t have to be a goody-goody to be liked—and about a cousin who turns out to be a real friend.
Rose Lagercrantz is a master at writing in a way that children can understand and relate to.
Eight, Almost Nine is a story with richly coloured illustrations by Rebecka Lagercrantz, artist and sculptor and also Rose’s daughter.