Glasbarnen The Glass Children

The Glass Children Trilogy #1

12-year-old Billie and her mother move to an old house in a small town after Billie’s father has passed away. Immediately after they move in, strange things start happening in the house and Billie senses that someone or something does not want them to live there. Who is tapping on her window in the middle of the night, and why does the ceiling lamp suddenly start to swing? And who keeps placing the little glass figurines on the table? Billie’s mother loves their new home and only gets annoyed when Billie says they are not welcome in the house. But Billie knows something is wrong and together with her new friend Aladdin, who lives on a houseboat with his parents, she starts to investigate the dark history of the house and it’s former inhabitants.

The Glass Children is Kristina Ohlsson’s children’s fiction debut and, just like her adult crime novels, it’s a truly suspenseful experience.


Shortlisted for the Crimetime Specsavers Award (Children’s Crime Fiction of the Year) Sweden 2016
The Latvian National Library Children’s Literature Centre’s Award Latvia 2015
Swedish Radio’s Children’s Novel Award Sweden 2013
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  • “The story's strength is the confident plotting. It is obviously the work of an experienced crime author. It is suspenseful throughout … a true page-turner. /…/ An entertaining and cozy horror story.”

    Bläddra, Bläddra, Sweden

  • “The suspenseful ambience tempts you to read the entire book in one go while simultaneously engaging with its psychologically credible portrait of Billie’s relationship to her mother and the two friends. /…/ The Glass Children is a both chill-inducing and enjoyable read.”

    BTJ, Sweden

  • “Skillfully, Kristina Ohlsson keeps the eerie atmosphere alive. The setting and mood is well-captured, the characters emerge clearly and we get close to Billie and her friends during this summer break between the fifth and the sixth grade. /…/ The suspense remains until the very end, an end that offers reasonable explanations but at the same time leaves elements of the mystery unsolved.”

    Värmlands Folkblad, Sweden

  • “With atmospheric depictions and charged dialogues Ohlsson describes Billie's attempts to settle in, and at the same time she emotionally ties historical events to the present. /…/ The book is suspenseful and there is a lot to identify with.”

    Smålandsposten, Sweden

  • “A story that makes your stomach tingle…”

    Aftonbladet, Sweden

  • The Glass Children possesses all the elements of a thriller, and is filled with mystique and strange events /…/ it resembles old-fashioned mystery books like those by Enid Blyton in that the children themselves must unravel the mystique without adult support. /…/ Kristina Ohlsson’s children’s book debut whets the appetite. It is difficult to find good books suitable for children around ten, and for this age group The Glass Children is excellent. Just big enough doses of suspense, sharp characterization, and an unexpected conclusion.”

    Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden

  • “In Ohlsson's children's book debut the crime theme is exchanged for a classic ghost story spiced up with typical genre elements. It is suspenseful and truly, truly creepy. Ohlsson writes with nerve and presence… /…/ The relationship between Billie and her mother – unable to unite in their mourning – is well portrayed and wets the appetite. Because it is in the gap between what can be explained and the inexplicable that the real story takes place. The one about how to find your way back to life after a tragedy.”

    Helsingsborgs Dagblad, Sweden

  • “…she maintains a balance between everyday life and creepiness in her children's fiction debut The Glass Children, a story that can be described as horror although it also has classic detective novel elements.”

    Göteborgs-Posten, Sweden

  • “…a story loaded with ghosts for kids. The story is suspenseful and little bit creepy. My inner eleven-year-old is very excited.”

    Alba, Sweden

  • “…very well-written and suspenseful, a real pageturner. It is a bit embarrassing to admit it, I am usually not scared of the dark, but reading this actually freaked me out a bit.”

    Borås tidning, Sweden

  • “But most importantly I feel a strong intertextuality between the authors, a communion on a higher level, where [Maria] Gripe and Ohlsson wave a little to each other across the decades. /…/ And Kristina Ohlsson doesn’t do it from a superior perspective, but through an impeccably equal children’s novel, and in a language that flows calmly and unsentimentally across the pages. The story touches upon the truly frightening without being overdramatic. No wonder The Glass Children engages no matter the age of the reader.”

    Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

  • “A titillating and creepy story. Ohlsson has a drive in her language that I appreciate and I hope for more books about Billie. Because on Sparrisvägen anything can happen.”

    Kristianstadsbladet, Sweden

  • “The scariest book of the year… I wouldn't have dared to read it if I had been home alone.”

    Piteå-Tidningen, Sweden

  • “This book will definitely be appreciated by all suspense-thirsting children and young adults! In addition it is well-written and leaves no loose ends, and as a bonus the end is quite titillating.”

    Bokbästisarna, Sweden

  • “A mix of crime, thriller, horror and supernatural. /…/ [Ohlsson] creates a summer warm, nice and enjoyable atmosphere. Just to – suddenly, now and then – let the horror in.”

    Kvällsposten, Sweden

  • “To give someone the creeps is a skill /…/ and such books are rare. /…/ The Glass Children is a little gem. /…/ Kristina Ohlsson respects her young readers, she has confidence in them. She tells her story in short and clear words and creates an eerie atmosphere.”

    Tagesanzeiger Zürich, Germany

  • “The heroine of The Glass Children takes the readers away on a scary and realistic experience into the abyss of the human soul. This books is a good start for young readers of creepy stories.”

    Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany

Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist Kristina Ohlsson
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Reading material

Swedish edition

Rights sold

Albania, Shkupi

Arab World, Dar Al Muna

Bulgaria, Koala Ergo

Czech Republic, Mladá Fronta

Denmark, Alvilda

Estonia, Tiritamm

Finland, WSOY

Georgia, MTP

Germany, Random House / cbt Verlag

Hungary, Animus

Italy, Salani

Latvia, Zvaigzne ABC

Lithuania, Nieko Rimto

North Macedonia, TRI

Norway, Aschehoug

Poland, Media Rodzina

Portugal, Bertrand

Russia, Clever

Slovenia, Mis Zalozba

Spain, Destino (World Spanish)

Sweden, Lilla Piratförlaget

UK, Penguin Random House (World English)

Vietnam, Kim Dong Publishing

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