Age: 11+ / adult crossover
Publication Date: 01-05-2015
Format: Hb, 220mm x 160mm
Extent: 304 pages
Hilariously brilliant political satire packed with intrigue and adventure. Norway's bestselling young adult novel of 2013-2014 is on the campaign trail for the 2015 General Election.
Finn is the son of the Prime Minister of Norway, but his father has not been the Prime Minister for very long; in fact, until recently, his father was a taxi driver. After years of listening to passengers complaining in the back of his cab, Teddy Popps knows exactly what the electorate want: no more pot holes in the roads and more crisps in crisp packets. And he appears to be right: his newly-formed More Party are voted in power against the odds.
But all is not well in Finn’s new, grand surroundings. His newly-acquired brother (a gift from a dictator in a faraway land) is acting suspiciously, and one-by-one children in Finn’s class start to disappear...
The incredible cover illustrations are the work of Norwegian artist Irene Marienborg. You can visit Irene's website to view more of her creations.
About the author
Lars Joachim Grimstad once dreamed of becoming prime minister, but came no closer than getting a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He has played 69 football games in the Norwegian Premier League, and is currently working as a copywriter in an advertising agency. Prime Minister Father & Son – The Disappearing Children is his first book.
Reviews of the Norwegian edition
A taxi driver who becomes Prime Minister, a robot with a speech impediment, children who are abducted by giant flies… Anything can happen in Lars Joachim Grimstad’s debut novel […] A fun debut, especially because of the fantastic characters.
Maya Troberg Djuve, Dagbladet
A former professional football player is among the best debut authors of the year.
Guri Fjeldberg, Bergens Tidende
The Disappearing Children is a real adventure book. It is insanely funny, thrilling without being frightening – even though it does have some really mean villains with very dubious intentions…The book is well written while still being easy to read.
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