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Ingmar and the Sea

Mari Teede

  • Illustrator: Marja-Liisa Plats
  • Tänapäev
  • 2023, 128 pp
  • ISBN: 9789916173954
  • storybook, fiction
  • Age: 8+
Rights sold: Latvian

How can your whole life already be decided for you, leaving no option but to come to terms with it? When your parents get divorced, then they’re the ones who decide that you’re going to live with your mom, not your dad. They decide you’re going to move from your wonderful apartment to a beat-up old house by the sea where your grandpa used to live. They decide you’re going to go to a totally new school where you don’t know anyone. Ingmar finds consolation on the shore, where the softly lapping waves, sea birds, polished bits of glass lying in the sand, and paths winding through the reeds look different every day. Alas, he thinks, it’s all still not enough to feel safe and happy once again.

"A solid winner amongst all the children’s books I read last year. Heartfelt, has a strong sense of place and simply exciting."

  • Karl-Martin Sinijärv, literary critic

"Mari Teede describes the inner world of a ten-year-old boy in a most captivating way and shows that there is a way out from even the trickiest of situations, one just has to make peace with themselves."

  • ERR (Estonian National Newsagency)

2024 Tartu Prize for Children's Literature (Childhood Prize), nominee
2023 Nominee of the Annual Children’s Literature Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia
2023 Good Children's Book