Being Young

Original title: Til Ungdommen

Author: Skåber, Linn

Publication Date:

September 2018



Original language and publisher

Norwegian | Pitch Forlag

Territories Handled

North America

Territories Sold

Italy (Giunti)
Germany (Rowohlt)
Hungary (Scolar)
Slovenia (Sobobnost)
Serbia (Urban Reads)
Denmark (Koppelwrite)
Poland (Literackie)
Croatia (VBZ)


Young Adult

Being Young

Original title: Til Ungdommen

Author: Skåber, Linn



“Wow, what a debut! Skaaber are incredibly good at creating linguistic images… Skaaber and Aisato both has the same blend of sweetness, depth and quirky humour.” — Katrine Krøger, Dagbladet (6 of 6 stars)

This year it was easy to choose the prize winner. The choice became clear and easy as soon as we became aware of Being Young. It is an exceptionally successful book, and it is a pleasure for us to give Rikmålsforbundet’s children’s and youth book prize to Linn Skåber. Congratulations! — Riksmålsforbundet (The Riksmaalsociety)

Linn Skåber has interviewed young people and asked them about their lives – about everything from acne to peace and loss. What’s the best thing about being a young person? What’s the worst? What would you change about it? Why are adults so lame? What are you afraid of?

Skåber has used this material to compose fictional monologues about this both wonderful and hopeless time – the transition from child to adult – as seen from a young person’s perspective.

The hallmark of all these short monologues is that readers will recognise themselves in them – whether as a young person currently navigating adolescence or as someone looking back on this time from adulthood. The texts have been written with a light, humorous touch, but in true Skåber-style an underlying sincerity always shines through.

The book is beautifully illustrated by Lisa Aisato.

Marketing Information

  • English sample available
  • Over 70,000 copies sold. The bestselling YA book in Norway 2018
  • Winner of the Riksmaalsociety children and YA prize for 2018. Noominated to the Booksellers Award 2018, and the prestigious YA prize Uprisen in 2019