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Matti and Sami and the Three Biggest Mistakes of Universe

Matti and Sami and the Three Biggest Mistakes of Universe

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Salah Naoura

Matti and Sami and the Three Biggest Mistakes of Universe

1st ed. published 2019. 152 pages From the age of 9 years up Rights sold: China, Italy, Japan, Korea, Spain

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Matti and Sami and the Three Biggest Mistakes of Universe

»Salah Naoura tells a warm, humorous summer tale in a concise manner and with an inside view of the German-Finnish soul. It is a miracle that Matti and his parents survive all their fib-telling unscathed. Apparently strong families survive rough stories.« Explanation of the jury for the Peter-Härtling Prize

Matti is 11 years old and dreams of a family vacation in his father’s native country, Finnland. He manages to get what he wants by telling a whopping lie. But once they get there, Matti, his younger brother Sami and his parents find themselves without a place to stay, no money and no car in the middle of Finnish wasteland. Only a miracle can save them – or Uncle Jussi, who has been struggling to compete with Matti’s father his whole life. A summer novel for children that stands out for its wonderful pun... And that is not even telling a lie...

Winner of the Peter Härtling Prize 2011!