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Morten Dürr, Danish children’s author.

Are you a literary agent or publisher looking for new material?  I think it is terrific to see my books in translation – I had four book deals happen in 2020 – to South Korea, France, Sweden and Portugal.

Welcome to my website. I am the author of 60 books for children. 15 of these titles have been translated and published in other countries. My books have been translated into 21 languages, and I have received several national book awards in Denmark.

I am actively pursuing foreign publication deals for all my books but especially the following books, where complete English translations are available. Please send me a mail, if you want to review the books in English or Danish. mortendurr@me.com

My books can roughly be divided into two categories:

A. Serious books …
I believe that children’s literature should further critical thinking in children and adults. This is the reason why I have written a string of books that are quite serious and deal with themes such as children’s rights, social issues and political themes that are relevant to children. I have made stories about the war in Syria, young people and suicides in Greenland, poverty and homelessness in South America and domestic abuse in Denmark and several stories about friendship and bullying. These books have to a large extent been adopted by foreign publishers – my  graphic novel “Zenobia”, about the war in Syria, has been published in 18 languages and 19 territories including: USA, Australia/New Zeland, Sweden, Norway, Faro Islands, Denmark, Croatia, Korea, Brazil, Turkey, Palestine, Italy, Spain, France, Japan and Germany.

Here are other examples of this type of serious theme-driven books:

“The Whispers Game” 
Sold to: Korea and France.
Rights represented by AM Book.
“The Whisper Game” is my newest book, it is not yet published in Denmark, but has already been sold for publication in Korea and France. It is a graphic novel illustrated by Sofie Louise Dam. “The Whispers Game” is a story about a group of girls who try to help their class mate, who is subject to violent abuse at the hand of her mother. The book is written to further a sense of citizenship in children – in many countries children are now engaged in critical thinking with regards to issues such as the climate emergency. I see the discussion about children’s rights and violence against children as another theme, that children certainly also have strong opinions about. “The Whispers Game” can hopefully be a book that can facilitate discussions about such issues.

“Ivalu” 
Sold to: Sweden and France.
Rights represented by Am Book.
A graphic novel about a young girl in Greenland who suddenly has to face the horrible realities of incest and suicide, when her older sister Ivalu disappears. The book is now being developed into a live action short film.
Read more about “Ivalu” here: 
https://mortendurr.com/2020/01/15/ivalu-will-be-published-in-france/

“Zenobia”
Published in 18 languages including English, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, German, French, arabic, Portuguese. The books was also adopted into a stage play for children.
Rights represented by Am Book.
A graphic novel about a girl fleeing from war in Syria. A book about hopes, dreams and loss.

 “Marias doll”
Sold to: Sweden.
Rights – contact mortendurr@me.com
A picture book about poverty, orphaned street children and childrens rights. The book was selected as one of the most important picture books by IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) https://www.ifla.org/files/assets/hq/publications/professional-report/136.pdf
“Marias Doll” is now in its 4. printing in Denmark and has become a class room classic, where school children in 3. grade are reading the book when discussing issues such as poverty and children’s rights.

“Never Let Go of Samiras Hand”
 Sold to: Sweden and Germany.
Rights – contact mortendurr@me.com
My award winning easyread chapter book from 2008 – about the boy Nadim who founds courage in day to day life by invoking the ghost of his sister, Samira. This book is very special to me and one of my personal favorites!

B. Fun books …
I also take great joy in writing books that are fun and have a fast and engaging plot – I strive to make stories that I myself find surprising and original. As a children’s author I have to compete for the readers attention against the glittering digital media. This is no easy task, so I have on purpose developed several stories that hopefully will be surprising and fun – and take hold of the readers attention from the first page – and will not be put down until they are read through.
Examples of this type of books are:

“Do Robots Poop?”
Sold to: Portugal.
Rights represented by Ersilia Literary Agency
My new novel for age 9 – 12 year about orphaned Conrad who pose as a robot in order to be adopted into a new family. A fun action packed story. The film option has been sold to the Danish production company “Nimbus Film”, who is developing a feature movie based on the book. Full English sample translation is available.

“A Poop with a 100 Legs”
Rights – contact mortendurr@me.com
My most popular book in Denmark to date!
A short novel from 2010 that is currently my most popular book among the  9 -12 year olds in Denmark. The book is a fun and engaging book about friendship and how to beat a bully by using the philosophy of Sun Tzu’ “The Art of War”.  Full English sample translation is available.

“Kurt and the Big Wide World”
Rights – contact mortendurr@me.com
My picture book from 2017 about Kurt who wants to be a big boy who can stay up late. This picture book is very special to me. Illustrator Peter Bay Alexandersen had produced several amazing pictures – he then asked me to make a story to fit the images. It was great fun creating the story in reverse!

Contact me: mortendurr@me.com

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