Books by Tara Chace

ANGRYMAN by Gro Dahle
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2019

"Not for the timid, this may be most appreciated as bibliotherapy, its powerful saga signaling to hurting readers that they are not alone—and that asking for help can bring relief. (Picture book. 7-11)"
As with many Norwegian imports, this one—an exploration of domestic violence—packs an emotional wallop. Read full book review >
A RUCKUS IN THE GARDEN by Sven Nordqvist
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"A gardening hullaballoo that uses its cacophony of chaos to an infinitely amusing end. (Picture book. 4-8)"
It's man (and cat!) vs. nature, with a distinct Swedish twist. Read full book review >
THE CAMPING TRIP by Sven Nordqvist
by Sven Nordqvist, illustrated by Sven Nordqvist, translated by Tara Chace
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"This stand-alone title in a series is sure to win hearts and minds, even as its characters come near to losing the latter. (Picture book. 4-7) "
Perils and perturbations await two friends hoping for a peaceful camping experience in the mountains. Read full book review >
ALL IN by Simona Ahrnstedt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"The stakes are high and the heels are higher—a stylish tale of corruption, revenge, and hard-won love."
In this English translation of a Swedish bestseller, a venture capitalist plans a hostile takeover of his enemy's business but dreams of a merger with the patriarch's daughter. Read full book review >
INVISIBLE MURDER by Lene Kaaberbøl
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"More grisly but more routine than Kaaberbøl and Friis' striking debut, and just as sordid in its revelations about Denmark today and tomorrow."
Denmark's normal cycle of stealing, smuggling, forced prostitution and unauthorized aid to minority populations is disrupted by the exhumation of a truly malign object. Read full book review >
DOCTOR PROCTOR’S FART POWDER by Jo Nesbø
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 5, 2010

In this well-knit crossover debut for young audiences, a popular Norwegian author crafts an airy farce from elements both familiar and offbeat—from new friends with wildly disparate personalities afflicted by big but really stupid bullies (with a father to match) to an eccentric inventor and encounters with a giant anaconda in the sewers of Oslo. No sooner do shy Lisa and her brash, pint-sized new neighbor Nilly (William) bond than they also hook up with lonely Doctor Proctor—creator of a marvelous powder that produces massive, britches-busting bursts of (odorless) intestinal gas. Nesbø takes this promising MacGuffin in directions more comical than gross, having his two young protagonists use the powder in clever ways to foil hulking nemeses Truls and Trym, escape the aforementioned anaconda and ultimately even provide festive explosions for the grand Norwegian Independence Day celebration. Readers will have blasts of their own cheering on the sturdy protagonists. Lowery's childlike line drawings are too sparse to have a noticeable effect on this rib-tickling tale. (Fiction. 10-12) Read full book review >
MARKUS AND THE GIRLS by Klaus Hagerup
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

In this entertaining Norwegian import and follow-up to Markus and Diana (2006), the short, anxious and potentially obsessive-compulsive Markus Simonsen, 13, finds himself only two months into his first year of junior high and in love for the 15th time. Unable to find the gumption to act on his feelings, the teen once again relies on his overconfident sidekick, Sigmund. His best friend's help always turns to hijinks, however, especially when he proposes a staging of Romeo and Juliet to win over Markus's latest object of desire. Adding to the merriment are Markus's widower father, who has similar love-interest problems, and a father-son relationship that is both droll and tender. Although Sigmund's last effort is dragged out too long, the Shakespearean backdrop and comedic banter and timing reveal Hagerup's dramatist background. While the foreign titles and authors mentioned will be unfamiliar to most readers, Chace's otherwise seamless translation aptly conveys the typical angst of young teenage boys and leaves readers cheering for Markus and the next girl of his dreams. (Fiction. 11-14)Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

Short, spare prose passages from debut author Ardelius relate the passionate, first-love story of Swedish teens Morris and Betty. The immediate intensity and sexuality soon give way to doubt, depression and constant questioning, as Morris tries to hide his family from his girlfriend, Betty compares Morris to his bipolar father and Morris sinks into altered thoughts and memories. Individually, the passages exude beauty, poetry and powerful emotions that translate well. A few rare beams of subtle humor even bring light to the couple's darkened moods. Grouped together, however, this fragmentary form makes it difficult to follow each character's thoughts and speech, and the lovers' incessant questioning without resolve, which at first seems natural in the relationship, becomes tedious by the end. For sophisticated readers who enjoy alternative writing forms and a good turn of phrase over a complete story line. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >
YOU & YOU & YOU by Per Nilsson
FICTION
Released: April 15, 2005

Odd, almost morbid piece about several characters moving through life in a Swedish city. Un-talkative, low-affect Anon (named for abbreviated poet "Anonymous") is tormented by his sixth-grade peers but doesn't seem to care; he's busy fantasizing about a girl he's invented and the mostly-absent father he calls a "basement god." Seventeen-year-old Zarah works at a daycare center (despite finding children disgusting) and revels in having sex with her violently possessive boyfriend. Twenty-year-old Nils obsesses over death to the point that he spends time inside a casket (at night in a funeral home) and buried underground (in the park, by a willing friend). The narrative voice reveals selected internal thoughts but never anyone's full perspective, leaving readers on shaky ground for understanding—or liking—any particular character. By the end, only some questions are answered; things are a bit happier but the pall still hangs. Provocative but distant. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >