I have my own Detective Agency. It`s called Detective Agency number 2. The Agency is run by Tiril and Oliver. Together with the sleuthhound Otto, they make surprising revelations and find unexpected solutions. So far they have solved seven cases.
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When I decided to write books for children, it was because I had a desire to recreate some of the childish reading pleasure I myself had experienced. I wrote the first books with great reverence.
It is a big responsibility to give someone their first reading experience. First impressions are very important, and the experiences you have as a child will be crucial in whether you remain a reader for life.
The riddle in a crime novel challenges the child intellectually, while the exciting story leads the reader forward. All people have an inherent power that seeks equilibrium and clarity in the face of mysteries. A curiosity that is perhaps stronger in children than in adults, and causes them to move forward. A detective story provide the child wanting to read more. The desire to read make it easier to understand difficult words, witch give fluency in reading and improve reading comprehension. As they become better at reading and the vocabulary increases, the interest in reading is stimulated further, and the books are not only a source of joy, but also of knowledge and understanding.
I am often asked about the difference between writing crime for children and writing crime novels for adults. The answer is that the writing has a lot in common. I work the same way with the script, whether for young or adult readers: with the utmost seriousness.
Rivertown is a cozy smalltown, but whenever cracks appear in the idyllic surface, Oliver and Tracy get going. Together with the sleuthhound Otto, they make surprising revelations and find unexpected solutions.
When I released my first children's book, I hit something that I no longer believed existed: a void. A free space in the bookshelves where it was an unmet need. Among vampires, monsters, bloodsuckers and things going on in parallel universes or far into a bleak future was also room for the traditional detective story. Yet it is not a goal for me that children should read crime. I think of crime books as a means to achieve something more. Reading is the most important skill we can transmit to our children, and if children can enjoy books they have big chances for success later in life.
And if you're wondering why it's called Detective Agency no. 2, the answer is that they actually had no name for their agency, but only made a sign hung on the wall that read "Detective Agency". But then they live in Baker Street no 2, so that the house number was standing beside the sign. Thus, it was "Detective Agency no. 2". But they found out that it was perfectly okay, because sometimes being number 2 more than good enough. At least if you've done the best you can.
The books are illustrated by Hans Jørgen Sandnes.