The History of Bees (2015)

William is a melancholy biologist and seed dealer in England in 1852. He sets out to build an entirely new kind of beehive that he hopes will provide both him and his children with honor and fame. George is a beekeeper in the US in 2007 who is fighting an uphill battle, but he hopes that his son can be the farm’s salvation. Tao works with hand-pollination in a China of the future where bees have disappeared. More than anything else, she wants her son to get an education and have a life better than her own.

Three stories are woven together in a book about parents and children, human vulnerability, and a very special beehive. The novel won Bokhandlerprisen (Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize) in 2015 and the Fabelprisen (Fabel Prize) in 2015.

From reviewers:

“… beautiful and touching…” Eva Hilde Murvold, Trønderavisa
“… intensely exciting.” Vilde Imeland, Færelandsvennen
“… strikingly beautiful…” Jan Askelund, Stavanger Aftenblad
“… touches and engages…” Arne Hugo Støland, VG
“Magnificent story…” Marie L. Kleve, Dagbladet
“Read, read, while the bees can still buzz around your head. Get wise, get rich, get scared…” Liselotte Weimer, Weekendavisen
“… a craftsman’s feat…” Jon Helt Haarder, Jyllands-Posten
“ … simply the most visionary Norwegian novel I’ve read since the first part of Knausgårds “My struggle”.” Ulrika Kärnborg, Expressen
“… a great work of art about the key to human survivor…” Fredrik Sjöberg, Svenska Dagbladet

Maja Lunde The Coolest Gang in the World

Series “The Coolest Gang in the World” (2015-2017)

“There are some people who just ARE cool. Markus, for example. He has a dimple in his left cheek and is the school’s best shot. Or Cornelia, who has silky hair and moves as though she’s standing on a stage – even when she goes to the bathroom. Then there are people who are even cooler. Like us. Helena, Alfred, Ivan and me. We’re so cool that no one has even realized it yet! But it’s only a matter of time. At least, that’s what Helena says.”

The Coolest Gang in the World is a comedy series for children ages 8-100. The book is illustrated by TegneHanne, who is known for her hilarious comic strips in Aftenposten. Five books in the series have already come out, and the first three have been sold to Sweden and Denmark.

Maja Lunde Battle

Battle (2014)

Amalie is a westside girl who has everything: looks, money, a handsome boyfriend and an amazing talent for dance. Then the whole world collapses and she has to leave everything she knows. Life is turned upside down, but Amalie still tries to pretend like nothing has happened. But then one day, she meets Mikael. Mikael who dances hip hop, who is best at dance battles, who is completely different from anything she’s ever known. For the first time in her life, Amalie must really dare to trust her own feelings, dare to break rules, dare to show the world who she is. Battle is a young adult novel from Oslo about a double life, dance, and love.

The novel is sold to Sweden. The film rights are sold to Friland, and the movie will premiere in 2018.

Maja Lunde Across the Border

Across the Border (2012)

Fleeing for their lives.

Autumn 1942. Four children are heading across the border to Sweden. For two of them, it is a matter of life and death: Sarah and Daniel are Jews and are going to be deported. They’ve been hiding in Otto and Klara’s family’s basement for a long time, but now they’ve been discovered and their parents arrested. Otto and Klara decide to help their new friends to safety, but there are many miles of forest that must be covered before they are safe in Sweden. Luckily, they meet some helpful people along the way. But is the kind housewife who offers them food really on their side? And is the border pilot really a resistance fighter, or is he also secretly working for the Norwegian Nazi Party? An electric tale about courage, confidence, friendship and mortal fear.

Across the Border was reviewed in Dagbladet and received good reviews. The book has had several print runs and also became a theater performance at Brageteatret. The film rights are sold Maipo, and the movie is currently in pre-production.