Stilton author Vilja-Tuulia Huotarinen is nominated for the Finlandia Junior prize with her YA title Light, Light, Light (Karisto 2011). Five other authors are in the short list and the winner will be announced 23rd of November.
Light, Light, Light is a rosy love story about the budding sexuality of the main character Mariia, and about some difficult choices that she has to make at the age of 14.
"Light Light Light is thrilling. It describes aptly the frenzy, certainty and uncertainty of youth. The way Huotarinen writes about sexuality is refreshingly direct." Aamulehti
“Vilja-Tuulia Huotarinen’s novel for young people succeeds in combining her knowledge of traditional girls’ books and her ability to reveal the storyline to the readers little by little, thus capturing them in the process. First and foremost, it shows her deep respect for youth, so much maligned, at its own totally unique terms. Light Light Light gives us a promise of a revival in Finnish young people’s literature. It does not dwell on youthful angst and problem-centredness, even though the story does have its fair share of both. Light Light Light is a book for girls of all ages. It captures the imagination of today’s girls and their forty-something mothers, who reminisc about their own girlhood in the 1980s.” Lastenkirjahylly
Vilja-Tuulia Huotarinen nominated for the Finlandia Junior
November 08th, 2011