Roope Lipasti
Publication date
May 2023
Format info
138 pages

Children of the City in Ruins

Rauniokaupungin lapset

The Arvid Lydecken Prize nominee 2024!

The enthralling sequel to the Runeberg Junior Prize winning historical adventure ‘Children of the Burning City’.

The adventures of Peter, Jacob, and Hilda continue in the aftermath of the colossal fire that has reduced their hometown to smouldering ruins. With winter looming, the reconstruction work takes importance over everything else in the city. Peter and Hilda are also helping in the building of their family’s new home, to replace the one they lost in the flames. The city’s schools are also in ruins which is a great disappointment to Jacob, who’d harboured aspirations for a place in a better school with the recommendation letter from the Professor. Whereas Peter, unburdened by academic ambitions, devises new profitable ventures amidst the reconstruction work. Despite the challenges of the harsh post-fire winter, the children’s time is spent in adventure that ensues when they embark upon tracing the substantial stolen loot that was lost in the inferno.


Finnish edition

Prizes & nominations

Arvid Lydecken Prize nominee (winner to be announce in 2024)


Roope Lipasti crafts an enthralling historical narrative that vividly resurrects the past of our ancient capital. Skilfully interweaving reality and imagination in his adventure, Lipasti transports us to the aftermath of the Turku fire, where people strive to rebuild and endure the winter. Amidst adversity, children carve out time for exploration, and to unravel the fate of stolen treasures. The novel illustrates the strength found in community and sharing, as well as the boundless resilience of children in the face of adversity.  –  Statement of the Arvid Lydecken Prize Jury