The Falafel Girls

The Falafel Girls

Christina Wahldén

Original Title
Falafelflickorna
Published
Rabén & Sjögren, 2018
Genre
Fiction 9-12
Pages
125
Rights Sold
Danish
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The Falafel Girls

Christina Wahldén

The Falafel Girls is the first Swedish book for children concerning honor-related crimes. The story plays out in one of the country’s suburbs that the police have described as ‘especially vulnerable’. The main character is Hawa, a girl just about to start secondary school. Her home situation is problematic, but she has a dream: to one day get into the Police Academy.

During the summer break, Hawa sets up a little detective agency and soon she has two difficult cases on her plate: a friend from school, Halima, who is about to be married off against her will, and two girls who are in love with each other but are threatened by the father of one of them.

The Falafel Girls is a warm and humorous story that also advocates the most fundamental children’s rights. It’s founded on the strong belief that the majority of people living in ‘especially vulnerable areas’ are completely ordinary and law-abiding citizens who just want some peace and quiet. There are a lot of girls there whose voices aren’t heard.

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Press voices
“The Falafel Girls spreads light in the dark.” - Uppsala Nya Tidning “The task in the no-go zone proves to be more dangerous than she [Hawa] could have imagined.” - Svenska Dagbladet
Awards
The book was awarded Spårhunden 2018, an award for best children or young adult detective novel organized by the Swedish Detective Academy. It was also nominated in the category Children's Detective Novel of the Year in the Crimetime Specsavers Award.