Bridge To The Stars by Henning Mankell

Bridge To The Stars

Written by Henning Mankell
Part of the Joel Gustafson Stories Series

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Marsh AwardKnown better for his crime writing for adults, this is an incredibly moving story about the life of a teenager in Sweden. Beautifully written with some stunning characters brought vividly to light and some strange and spellbinding adventures that will leave the reader in awe. It’s not surprising it has been shortlisted for The Marsh Award for Children’s Books in Translation.

If you enjoyed this then make sure you read Mankell's other titles, including Shadows in the Twilight, When the Snow Fell, and Journey to the End of the World.


Bridge To The Stars by Henning Mankell

12 year old Joel lives with his father in the cold northern part of Sweden. At night he often sneaks out of his father's house to look for a lonely dog he has seen from his window. On the bridge across the icy river he starts a secret society and has adventures. But one night he discovers that his father's bed is also empty and will have to come terms with his fathers new found love. The harsh reality of Joel's world comes vividly to life and leaves the reader spellbound.

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This slim gripping mystery suggests that Mankell is as proficient a writer for teenagers as he is for adults. -- Teresa Goodman and Kate Kellaway Observer This is a deep, serious story, written with the lightest of touches and no hint of condescension. -- Jan Mark Guardian Touching tale of a young boy growing up in northern Sweden. The Bookseller One of the world's leading authors has written a moving story about a teenager's life in Northern Sweden. Publishing News A thoughtful read -- Geoff Fox TES Teacher

About the Author

Henning Mankell

Internationally acclaimed author Henning Mankell has written numerous Kurt Wallander mysteries. The books have been published in 33 countries and consistently top the bestseller lists in Europe, receiving major literary prizes and generating numerous international film and television adaptations.

Henning Mankell was born in Stockholm in 1948, raised in a village in northern Sweden and now divides his time between Sweden and Maputo, Mozambique, where he works as the director of Teatro Avenida.

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160 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

1st September 2005




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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