Marjun Syderbø Kjelnæs nominated for the 2021 Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize
Marjun Syderbø Kjelnæs' young adult novel "Sum rótskot" has been nominated for the 2021 Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize.
The Nordic Council:
"The book is in tune with the ecocritical tendencies in the literature of our time, and is highly topical. However, the book is more than just a climate novel; it is also, perhaps to an even greater degree, a story about what concerns people – both adults and the young – today. It is a book about how young people navigate in a world of challenges, dealing with such topics as climate change, screen time, alcohol abuse and grief, as well as large and complex topics that have to do with identity, sexuality, science and faith."
About the book
"Sum rótskot" was published in 2020 by Bókadeild Føroya Lærarafelags and is about four friends who come together in a struggle to save the world from looming climate change.
Marjun Syderbø Kjelnæs (born 1974) is a Faroese prose writer, poet and playwright. Since her debut in 2000, she has written for adults, children and young people. Her YA novel Skriva í sandin, 2010 (‘Write in the Sand’, not translated into English) won the Nordic Children’s Book Prize and the White Raven in 2011, and was nominated for the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize in 2013. Marjun Syderbø Kjelnæs has been awarded several prizes and scholarships, and her works have been translated into the various Nordic languages as well as English, French and German.