Bobbie Peers

Bobbie Peers (b. 1974) made his mark on Norwegian film history when he in 2006 won a Palme d’Or for his Sniffer, written and directed by Peers himself. The award became the first of many milestones in the London International Film School graduate’s career as a director and film writer. 2015 witnessed the multi-talented Peers’ debut as a children’s books author. William Wenton and the Luridium Thief is the first book in a forthcoming series featuring the code breaking whizz William.

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Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes, Jo Nesbø and Bobbie Peers three of the most sold children’s fiction authors of the decade in Norway

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes, Jo Nesbø and Bobbie Peers are three of the most sold authorships of children’s fiction in Norway during the past decade. Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes succeed in the impressive feat of claiming ten out of fifty positions on the list, which includes both translated and domestic titles. All ten books are from the author and illustrator duo’s popular Detective Agency No. 2 series. In order, the titles are: Operation Thundercloud, Operation Summer Island, Operation Sunset, Operation Shadowman, Operation Windblast, Operation Plastic Bag, Operation Ghost, Operation Bronze Square, Operation Daffodil, and Operation Circus.

Jo Nesbø likewise lays claim to multiple positions, featuring four times on the list with his Doctor Proctor series. Doctor Proctor’s Fart Power, book one, comes in at No. 4. A bit further down on the list it is joined by Doctor Proctor and the Time-Travel Bath Bomb, Doctor Proctor and the End of the World. Maybe, and Doctor Proctor and the Great Gold Robbery.

Bobbie Peers too makes an appearance on the 2008-2018 list with his children’s book debut William Wenton and the Luridium Thief.

‘William Wenton and the Apocalypse Generator’ No. 4 in Norway

Bobbie Peers’ just published William Wenton and the Apocalypse Generator is No. 4 on the bestseller list of most sold children’s books in Norway this September.

William Wenton and the Apocalypse Generator is the fourth installment in Peers’ internationally acclaimed series about the code-breaking genius William Wenton.

‘William Wenton and the Luridium Thief’ shortlisted for the Fantastic Book Awards 2018-19

Bobbie Peers’ William Wenton and the Luridium Thief, the first installment in the series about the code-breaking genius William Wenton, has been shortlisted for the Fantastic Book Awards 2018-19 in the UK.

The Fantastic Book Awards is an annual event designed to encourage children to read for pleasure. Children aged 9-11 are challenged throughout the year to select the story books they consider the best, through a range of creative activities such as book clubs. The five winning titles will be announced on May 23rd, 2019, after the thousands of participating children have had their say in a vote. Authors and illustrators will be invited to receive their prize at celebrations held at Lancashire primary schools.

‘William Wenton and the Apocalypse Generator’ published in Norway

William and Iscia have been sent to Sahara to help the Depository for Impossible Archaeology at a dig. A massive, mysterious orb has landed right in the middle of the desert, and only William can solve the code that will open it. But what if he succeeds? Will he be unleashing a new Pandora’s box on the world?

Old family secrets and codes from outer space have William and Ischia on the hunt for a doomsday machine of apocalyptic proportions in William Wenton and the Apocalypse Generator, the fourth installment in Bobbie Peers’ internationally acclaimed William Wenton series.

Jørn Lier Horst dominates in-store sales in January, joined by Bobbie Peers

The list of children’s books with the highest in-store sales in January is now official, and Jørn Lier Horst is the undeniable winner! A staggering 11 out of 15 books on the list are titles by Jørn Lier Horst, either from his CLUE series written by him alone, or his Detective Agency No. 2 series, in which he’s paired up with illustrator Hans Jørgen Sandnes.

Starting at No. 2, the titles featured on the January in-store sales list are: The Triangle Mystery (No. 2), Operation Ghost (No. 3), Operation Circus (No. 4), Operation Windblast (No. 5), Operation Sunset (No. 6), Operation Mummy (No. 7), Operation Shadowman (No. 8), Operation Plastic Bag (No. 10), Operation Thundercloud (No. 12), Operation Bronze Square (No. 13), and the short activity booklet The Search for the Abominable Snowman (No. 15).

Putting his own mark on the list is Bobbie Peers, who snatches two spots with his action-packed adventure series about William Wenton. The third and latest installment, William Wenton and the Orbulator Agent, claims the No. 9 spot, and the second book in the series, William Wenton and the Cryptoportal, the No. 11 spot.

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes and Bobbie Peers on the January children’s books bestseller list

The official January bestseller list for children’s books in Norway is in, and Jørn Lier Horst makes a double appearance at the top. At No. 1 is his latest book in the CLUE series, The Triangle Mystery. It is closely followed at No. 2 by Operation Mummy, the twelfth book in the Detective Agency No. 2 series by Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes. Claiming the last spot on the podium is Bobbie Peers’ third William Wenton novel, William Wenton and the Orbulator Agent, at No. 3.

Stefan Ahnhem and Bobbie Peers No. 3 and No. 4 in Norway

The official Norwegian bestseller lists for the last week of 2017 are in, and Stefan Ahnhem and Bobbie Peers continue to feature at the top. On the paperback list, Stefan Ahnhem’s Eighteen Below Zero climbs again, coming in at No. 3. Bobbie Peers’ William Wenton and the Orbulator Agent likewise climbs, taking the No. 4 spot on the hardcover list.

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes and Bobbie Peers on the December children’s books bestseller list

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Detective Agency No. 2 series makes a strong showing on the December 2017 bestseller list for children’s fiction, claiming five of the top 20 spots. Operation Mummy, the latest installment in the series, claims the highest position of the five, coming in at No. 3. It’s followed by a short activity booklet called The Search for the Abominable Snowman at No. 4, and a bit further down on the list comes the Detective’s Handbook, The Search for The Thief’s Thief, and Operation Pirate.

Bobbie Peers also makes a repeat appearance on the list, climbing to No. 5 with William Wenton and the Orbulator Agent, the third William Wenton book.

Jo Nesbø & Bobbie Peers dominate the Norwegian bookstore bestseller list for November

Jo Nesbø’s fifth Doctor Proctor book, Can Doctor Proctor Save Christmas?, is November’s most sold Norwegian children’s book in bookstores. Right after it comes Bobbie Peers at No. 2 with William Wenton and the Luridium Thief. In fact, the entire William Wenton series makes an appearance on the list, claiming the No. 6 (William Wenton and the Orbulator Agent) and No. 11 (William Wenton and the Cryptoportal) spots as well.

‘Operation Mummy’ and ‘William Wenton and the Orbulator Agent’ on the November bestseller list

The official November bestseller list for children’s fiction in Norway has been released, and Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes come in at No. 2 with their Operation Mummy, the twelfth installment in the Detective Agency No. 2 series. Bobbie Peers’ third William Wenton book, William Wenton and the Orbulator Agent, claims the No. 5 spot.

‘William Wenton and the Orbulator Agent’ published in Norway

The adventure continues!

When Big Ben suddenly stops ticking, William knows something big is about to happen. And sure enough, a mysterious figure calling himself the Orbulator Agent shows up, marking the start of a new whirlwind adventure for William and his best friend Iscia. What does the Orbulator Agent want with William? … And what on earth is an orbulator, anyway?

Dark secrets and seemingly impossible-to-crack codes fill the pages of the third installment in the internationally acclaimed William Wenton series, William Wenton and the Orbulator Agent. Bobbie Peers’ return to the Wenton universe is a sparkling parade of ingenious twists and turns, smart-mouthed robots, and bravery – in all its shapes and sizes.

‘William Wenton and the Luridium Thief’ in The Guardian’s Best New Children’s Books Guide

The first book in Bobbie Peers’ William Wenton series, William Wenton and the Luridium Thief, features in the new Guardian Best New Children’s Books Guide. The guide was distributed through the Guardian newspaper to celebrate Independent Bookshop week on Saturday, June 24th.

‘William Wenton and the Luridium Thief’ Parents’ Choice Award Recommended Title in the US

Bobbie Peers’ William Wenton and the Luridium Thief has been chosen as a 2017 Parents’ Choice Award recommended title in the US.

The Parents’ Choice Awards is the oldest nonprofit program in the US, created to recognize quality children’s media such as books, toys, music, and more. The foundation’s panel, which consists of educators, scientists, artists, librarians, parents and – of course – children, decide the works that will be recognized for their excellence. These recommendations then serve as an independent and trusted source for parents and caregivers looking for books and toys.

William Wenton and the Luridium Thief was chosen as a recommended title with the following motivation:

“With elements of Harry Potter, DaVinci Code and X-Men Mutant Academy blurring together, there’s a puzzle, a chase, a bit of science and characters fighting evil. /…/ readers will clamor for more pages about William and where his bionic adventures will take him next, because this is clearly just the beginning.”
-Ann Oldenburg, Parents’ Choice Award

‘William Wenton and the Luridium Thief’ winner of the Bokslukerprisen 2017

Bobbie Peers’ William Wenton and the Luridium Thief is the winner of 2017’s Bokslukerprisen in Norway. The award, arranged by the Foreningen !les association, recruited the help of five young jury groups in deciding the winning book. The 6th grade jury members chose Bobbie Peers’ debut children’s book and the first installment in the William Wenton series as their winner.

‘William Wenton and the Luridium Thief’ winner of the Children’s Book Award 2016

Bobbie Peers’ William Wenton and the Luridium Thief continues to be one of Norway’s children’s favorite books. Today the first installment in the series about the code breaking whiz William won the Children’s Book Award 2016. Seven hundred pupils in the 5th to 7th grade participated in the vote for their favorite book and author of the year.

Bobbie Peers and Jørn Lier Horst shortlisted for the Bokslukerprisen 2017

Bobbie Peers’ William Wenton and the Luridium Thief and Jørn Lier Horst’s The Wolfhound Mystery have been shortlisted for the Bokslukerprisen 2017. The award is arranged by Foreningen !les in Norway and the winner is decided by five jury groups consisting of children in 6th grade. The award ceremony will be held in Oslo, on the 20th of April next year.

Bobbie Peers shortlisted for Ark’s Book of the Year Award 2016

The second book in Bobbie Peers’ series about the code breaking whizz William Wenton, William Wenton and the Cryptoportal, has been shortlisted for the Norwegian bookseller Ark’s Book of the Year Award. The readers of Norway have together decided the list of nominees, who vary in genre as well as original language. The winner will be announced in early December.

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Bobbie Peers and Ingar Johnsrud both No. 1 in Norway

Bobbie Peers and Ingar Johnsrud both top the Norwegian bestseller list this week. Bobbie Peers’ latest children’s book, William Wenton and the Cryptoportal, is the No. 1 best selling children’s book. The novel is the second installment in Peers’ thrilling William Wenton series, which began with William Wenton and the Luridium Thief.

On the bestseller list for paperback novels Ingar Johnsrud makes his mark by coming in at No. 1 with his debut novel Those Who Follow. Those Who Follow is the first installment in Johnsrud’s critically acclaimed series about Superintendent Fredrik Beier and his colleague Kafa Iqbal.

‘William Wenton and the Cryptoportal’ published in Norway

William is back at the Institute for Post-Human Research, where everything seems to have changed for the harsher. Everywhere you turn there are guards, curfews and strict new rules. The cause lies frozen in the cellar of the Institute: Abraham Talley, the man who not long ago almost killed William. But something’s not quite right... Who is the mysterious lady trying to contact William at night, and what is the cause of the seizures he’s suddenly having? And what on earth is a cryptoportal?

William Wenton and the Cryptoportal is the second installment in Bobbie Peers’ delightfully innovative and action-packed series about William Wenton and his friend Iscia.

Bobbie Peers winner of the Book of the Year Award

Bobbie Peers’ William Wenton and the Luridium Thief has been crowned the winner of 2016’s Book of the Year award in Norway. All together 7000 children from 69 school classes around Stavanger have participated in the vote for their favorite novels and authors. Bobbie Peers and William Wenton won in the category Grade 5-7, and will meet one of the participating school classes at an event in September, during Stavanger's international literary festival, Kapittel.

‘William Wenton and the Luridium Thief’ No. 2 in Norway

2015 ended with yet another happy piece of news for Bobbie Peers’ William Wenton and the Luridium Thief. The book became the second best selling children’s fiction title in Norway during the last month of the year.

‘William Wenton and the Luridium Thief’ chosen as one of 2015’s best books by NRK

Norway’s public service radio and television NRK have picked out 2015’s best children’s books and William Wenton and the Luridium Thief is one of the titles in the spotlight! The rights to Bobbie Peers’ debut children’s novel has so far been sold to 35 territories.

‘William Wenton and the Luridium Thief’ sold to more than 30 territories

Bobbie Peers’ William Wenton and the Luridium Thief has now been sold to 31 territories! The novel, Bobbie Peers’ literary debut, has been hailed as a children’s book of international proportions by Norwegian press. William Wenton and the Luridium Thief is also the winner of the 2015 Ark’s Children’s Book Award.

‘William Wenton and the Luridium Thief’ winner of Ark’s Children’s Book Award 2015

Today it was announced that Bobbie Peers has been chosen as the winner of the 2015 Ark’s Children’s Book Award. The award is each year given to an author selected by Norway’s young readers. This year 10,000 children in the grades 5-7 participated in the vote. Here is what some of Bobbie Peers’ young fans had to say about William Wenton and the Luridium Thief:

“This is one of the best books we’ve ever read. It’s super exciting! It’s suspenseful from page one, and the excitement lasts all the way till the end of the book. It’s both funny and sad at times. We couldn’t put it down, and when we had finished reading it we missed it. The author writes incredibly well. This book deserves to win.”
-Class 6B, Godlia school

“The book was thrilling, and often there’d be surprises you didn’t foresee. There was lots of fun technology in the book. We’re hoping there will be a second novel; it seemed like there might be, judging by the ending.”
-Class 6B, Manglerud school

“This was a very exciting and action-packed book about code breaking. /…/ It was difficult to put the book down. The author also succeeded in planting a lot of nice pictures in our heads, so it was actually more fun to read a book than watch TV/play on the computer. In addition, the book was also funny. We hope there will be a sequel, because this was a really good book.”
-Class 5A, Jong school

Oscar nominated Morten Tyldum acquires the film rights to Bobbie Peers’ ‘William Wenton’

The film rights to Bobbie Peers’ William Wenton and the Luridium Thief have just been acquired by Oscar nominated film director Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) in a preemptive deal.

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New Author - Bobbie Peers

Bobbie Peers (b. 1974) made his mark on Norwegian film history when he in 2006 won a Palme d’Or for his Sniffer, written and directed by Peers himself. The award became the first of many milestones in the London International Film School graduate’s career as a director and film writer. 2015 has witnessed the multi-talented Peers’ debut as a children’s books author. William Wenton and the Luridium Thief is the first book in a forthcoming series featuring the code breaking whizz William.

‘William Wenton and the Luridium Thief’ published in Norway

Palme d’Or winning film director and scriptwriter Bobbie Peers makes his literary debut with William Wenton and the Luridium Thief, a novel for ages 8-12. A ticklish tale of mysterious disappearances and near-magical code breaking skills, William Wenton and The Luridium Thief charms its readers with a wondrous mix of wild adventure, wisecracking robots, and a young hero who might just be too clever for his own good...