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Ellen Svedjeland AuthorEmma AdBåge Illustrator

A Room for Lisen/Ett rum till Lisen

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A Room for Lisen/Ett rum till Lisen

A new family is moving into the house next door. One of the back doors opens and a girl jumps out. Naima and Lisen quickly become friends and the very first day they meet they start their project; finding the perfect room for Lisen. In order to find the answer, they have to try sleeping in all the rooms of the house and grade them. The grownups get irritated with Lisen and Naima but the two of them just want to keep testing rooms—mostly so they can be together all the hours of the day.

A Room for Lisen was shortlisted for the August Pirize in 2022 with the following words: “There is a buzz of emotions in A Room for Lisen, where the new neighbors Naima and Lisen have to check all the rooms in the house, in order to find the right one for Lisen. Elin Johansson’s and Ellen Svedjeland’s accurate text leaves plenty of room for Emma AdBåge’s sensitive illustrations that gently carve out the characters. The budding love between the girls is portrayed sensitively and intensely. Through darker lines, the interplay between the adult world’s supposed tolerance and the children’s  discoveries of themselves and each other is emphasized.”

Ellen Svedjeland


Ellen Svedjeland, born 1979, lives in Umeå, the far north of Sweden, where she works as a teacher. A Room for Lisen was written together with Elin Johansson. They started their writing journey together during a writing course at Umeå University. In 2021, A Room for Lisen was nominated for the August Prize.

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Emma AdBåge

Author Illustrator

Emma AdBåge’s stories and illustrations make everyday emotions and experiences both immediately recognisable and richly interesting. Her stories and drawings are observant, succinct, humorous and perceptive. With their carefully drawn lines and gentle colours, AdBåge’s illustrations combine small details with bold characters, whose bodily postures and facial expressions give a distinct insight into what they…

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