Me and the Robbersons

Description

This children’s novel contest winner is just as fresh and anarchic as the best children’s novels should be.

The bandit leader Wild Carl stole Maisie away on an impulse – normally when the Robbersons rob cars, they only steal candy and other things to eat, barbies and magazines. Maisie, who was on a trip to her grandma’s house, came along almost by accident, to keep the bandit family’s children Hele and Charlie company.

Maisie’s shock changes quickly to understanding. She thinks it’s fun going down the road at breakneck speed, stopping to swim whenever you want, stealing candy, running from the police – and from her father – playing Yahtzee, eating outdoors, and sleeping in a tent.

For the Robbersons, money is nothing but “mouse farts”. But during a summer party they accidentally reveal that they possess a considerable treasure, and they end up with the police and some other bandits hot on their trail. After all the chaotic revels, Hilda, the Robberson mother, starts to yearn for her own bed, Charlie the bookworm starts to miss school, and Hele, who keeps the stolen barbies tuned up, is planning yet another incarnation of villainy.

Me and the Robbersons’ rights have been sold to eighteen countries.

Type

Series

The Robbersons

Author

Original title

Me Rosvolat

English extract

I was stolen on the second week in June. It was a good thing I was stolen. Summer was turning out to be a joke anyway. We were going to go on a cycling trip, but ended up staying home when it started to drizzle a tiny bit. We were going to go camping, but then somebody brought my dad some extra thing to do for work, so we ended up not going. It’s nice for the whole family to do something together, Dad would always say when he was planning something, but he never even asked us girls what we’d like to do. And his plans never came off. I never believed in any more summer promises because of all the times they were called off.

Year of publication

2010

Original publisher

Otava

Page count

223

Awards

  • Finlandia Junior Prize 2010
  • Second prize in Belgium by the Flemish Children´s and Juvenile Books Jury 2013
  • The Silver Slate Pencil (Zilveren Griffel) in The Netherlands 2013
  • Laivakello Prize from the Finnish Institute for Children´s Literature 2013

Reviews

At the hub of everything there is speed, Carnivalism and anarchistic whimsy – Boredom is an unknown concept to this adventure story.