When The Snow Fell by Henning Mankell

When The Snow Fell

Written by Henning Mankell
Part of the Joel Gustafson Stories Series

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Shortlisted for the Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation.

A touching story of growing up and discovering what really matters. Joel makes three New Year’s resolutions: To see a naked lady, to toughen himself up so that he can live to be, to see the sea. How he sets out to fulfil these is a moving story of self-discovery.

Translated by Laurie Thompson

The other titles shortlisted for the Marsh Award were Tina's Web, Letters From Alain, My Brother Johnny, Message in a Bottle, and Toby Alone.

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


When The Snow Fell by Henning Mankell

Joel is growing up. He is getting interested in girls. They all look pretty impossible for a motherless boy in Northern Sweden. Especially as his sailor dad is keen to drown his sadness in drink, and all the local matrons are watching the pair of them. And then he saves old Simon from a frozen death in the woods, and Joel becomes a local hero.

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Well worth reading and would grace any KS3 booklist. Write Away A good choice for the library at KS3. School Librarian

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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224 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

6th September 2007




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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