Timo Parvela
Pasi Pitkänen
Publication date
September 2021
Format info
Age 10+

Shadows: Book 1. The Jingle

Varjot 1. Helähdys

This icy-cool thrilling adventure 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  gathering strength in the Northern realm of Santa.

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 realized. 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 realizes 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.

Prizes, nominations

Shadows 1 The Jingle nominated for the Arvid Lydecken Award, 2020

An exciting, gripping adventure where elements of fantasy intertwine seamlessly with the real world. The Jingle is a dizzying adventure that deals with grief in a way that is exceptionally nuanced and comforting. Familiar subjects grow into a magnificent, epic tale with vibrant and captivating depictions of events. A simple jingle of a bell may change the future of the whole world. – Statement of the Arvid Lydecken Prize Jury

Shadows: Book 1
(Varjot 1: Helähdys, Tammi, September 2021)
Shadows: Book 2 (Varjot 2: Pimeys, Tammi, due May 2022)
Shadows: Book 3  (Varjot 3: Valo, Tammi, due September 2022)

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

Full English translation of Shadows 1
English Series Presentation

Rights sold

Danish (Straarup & Co.)
Dutch (Condor/WPG Kindermedia)
Estonian (Helios)
German (Ars Edition)
Lithuanian (Alma Littera)
Polish (Dwukropek)
Russian (Mann Ivanov & Ferber)


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 skillful illustrations, which have been published in over 20 territories.