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Sirli, Siim and the Secrets

Andrus Kivirähk

  • Illustrator: Ilmar Trull
  • Language: Estonian
  • Varrak
  • 2006, 192 pp
  • ISBN: 9789985312247
  • fiction, storybook
  • Age: 10+
Rights sold: French, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Slovenian

Sirli, Siim, and the Secrets is an enchanting tale about ordinary city-dwellers whose everyday lives are brightened and enriched by dreams. Residing in a humdrum little apartment house in a quiet neighbourhood is a small family: the daughter Sirli, who voyages to visit a sky dancer; the son Siim, who is a wizard in a miniature world beneath his desk; the mother, who occasionally runs away to a majestic castle to be treated as royalty; and the father, who loves competing as the famous boxer “Ironfist”. The eccentric building caretaker dreams of becoming the Prince of the Waters, while only the writer Sheep lacks any visions at all – because of this, he grows bitter and callous.

2010 Children and Young Adult Jury (Bērnu un jauniešu žūrija), Latvia, 2nd place (Grades 5–7)
1999 5 Best-Designed Estonian Children’s Books