Author(s)
Timo Parvela
Illustrator(s)
Pasi Pitkänen
Publication date
September 2021
Publisher
WSOY
Format info
Age 10+

Shadows 1: Jingle

Varjot 1. Helähdys

A chilling thriller for 10+ readers weaves a dense web of darkness around the most iconic of the Northern myths; the Santa Claus. Kindness is at the heart of this story but it is under severe threat from dark forces that are gathering strength in the Northern realm.

The warmth of Christmas is in real danger of becoming nothing more than a distant memory to us all…

Pete is thirteen years old and desperate. His best friend Sara is dying of an illness that has no cure. In a last act of sheer desperation, Pete finds himself lining up with kindergartners in the department store to whisper a wish in the fake Santa’s ear. He feels like a fool for doing it. Yet, that night, he is offered a chance to have his wish realised. But only if he gives something in return; his shadow. A gift for a gift – nothing apparently to do with being good like he’d thought. Pete only hesitates for a second, for in exchange for Sara’s life, Pete would give anything. And it is only a shadow, it’s not like he even pays that much attention to it. With his shadow gone, Pete realises he has lost a lot more than he thought. As Pete learns more about the world’s most guarded secret, it becomes chillingly clear to him that the warmth of Christmas will soon become nothing more than a distant memory…

The ominous jingle of a bell starts off an adventure trilogy, where the world of Santa Claus and his elves is revealed to be something very different from what we imagined.

In Shadows, Timo Parvela taps onto the most renowned myth of the North to take 10+ readers on a truly chilling adventure.

Series
Shadows 1: Jingle
(Varjot 1: Helähdys, Tammi, due September 2021)
Shadows 2: Darkness (Varjot 2: Pimeys, Tammi, due May 2022)
Shadows 3: Light  (Varjot 3: Valo, Tammi, due September 2022)

Publication
Varjot 1: Helähdys. Tammi, due September 2021
192 pages, 10+
Colour illustrated

Material
Full English translation of Shadows 1: Jingle (on submission in Summer 2021)
English Series Presentation

Authors
Timo Parvela (b. 1964) is an award-winning and bestselling Finnish children’s author whose works have been published in over 30 languages. Pasi Pitkänen (b. 1984) studied graphic design at Aalto University. He has received extensive praise for his skilful illustrations, which have been published in over 20 territories.