Annika Thor is a Swedish writer. She is a laureate of literary awards. Annika's books have been translated into many languages of the world. Her works are loved by readers of different countries.
Annika Thor was born on July 2, 1950 in Göterborg, Sweden. She has Jewish roots. Annika writes in Swedish. Her books are mainly aimed at children and adolescents. Thor began her writing career in 1996 at the age of 46, although she had dreamed about it since childhood. Before that, she managed to work in various fields. Annika worked as a secretary and librarian. Then she was a film critic. She now creates literary works, including novels, plays and screenplays for films. The writer lives in Stockholm.
Thor was awarded the German Literary Prize for works for children and adolescents. She was also awarded the Janusz Korczak Literary Prize. The award is international. By the way, the writer became its last laureate. Since 2000, the prize has no longer been awarded.
The writer's books have been translated into Russian. Her novel Island in the Sea was released in 1996. The action takes place during the Second World War. This is the story of a girl from Australia with Jewish roots. She took refuge with a Swedish family. This story continues in other Thor novels. The translator Marina Konobeeva and the artist Andreeva Ekaterina worked on the Russian-language edition. The story that began in The Island in the Sea continues in The Pond of White Lilies. The heroine turns into a girl and goes to study. She is going to live in a boarding house and meets a guy.
In 1998, the third book of the writer was published. It's called "The Depth of the Sea." This is the next part of a story that began in The Island in the Sea. The novel received the August Strindberg Prize and was named the best book for children and adolescents in 1999. The final part of the story was the novel "The Open Sea". After a creative break in 2009, the writer presented her new novel "The Lighthouse and the Stars", co-written with Per Thor. The heroes of the novel are the mother left by her husband and her children. The novel was translated into Russian by Maria Lyudkovskaya. In 2011, a new book by the writer on teenage relationships, Truth or Consequences, was published. The work was translated by Matytsina Irina. Annika's novels are published in Russian by the Samokat publishing house.
In Sweden, some of her books were included in the compulsory school curriculum. Russian-speaking readers also love the Thor stories. All of her books are highly rated and have rave reviews. Moreover, the novels of the writer are interesting not only for children and adolescents. Adult readers also love them, because in Thor's stories there is a reason to think about the motives of people's actions and, if not new, but very important life issues are raised.
Annika acts as a screenwriter. Sometimes one of her novels is taken as a basis, but the writer adapts the story for television. In 1990, she co-wrote the Swedish film with the original title Honungsvargar with Christina Olofson and Sun Axelsson. The main roles in the film were played by Mats Bergman from Fanny and Alexander, Paula Brandt, Nicolas Shagren from The Return of Sherlock Holmes and Agneta Ekmanner. In 1997, the film Truth or Dare was released. The director of this drama, like the previous picture, was Christina Olofson. She also helped Thor write the script. The leading roles in the melodrama were given to Tove Edfeldt, Anna Gabrielsson, Alexandra Dahlstrem from Show Me Love and Emelina Lindberg. The picture raises the problems of teenagers' relationships. The main character regrets the classy outcast, but at the same time longs for friendship with popular girls. The drama was shown not only in Sweden, but also in Norway and Denmark. The film won a prize at the Berlin Film Festival.
In 2001, Olofson directed the film Cat Letters. This time Annika worked on the script with Elsie Johansson. The main characters are Daniela Holm-Verzola, Patricia Otter, Max Waller-Zanden from Pippi Longstocking, and Leah Boysen from The Secrets of Silverhade. In the story, a teenage girl moved with her mother and stepfather to an uninhabited village house. The girl cannot find a common language with her mother's new husband. From an elderly villager, the main character learns about legends and mysterious incidents in one of the houses. The girl decided to check the legend. This is how her adventures begin. The picture was presented at the International Children's Film Festival in Chicago.
In 2 years, 2 more films were released based on Annika's script. Tove Edfeldt, Juel Kinnaman, Thomas Mork, Anna Larsson and Anneli Martini got the leading roles in the drama “Another Way”, co-produced by Sweden and France. According to the script, the girl leaves her father's house to start an independent life. She makes new friends. One of her new acquaintances who admires her poetry. Later, the girl learns that he did not say his name and profession. Besides, someone is following her. The film was presented at the Buster Children's Film Festival and the Zlín Film Festival. Per Nilsson also worked on the script. Annika's script was used in the miniseries Island in the Sea. The drama is directed by Tobias Falk. The main roles were played by Milen Hedreul, Gunilla Abrahamsson, Jonas Falk, Etienne Glaser and Ingela Olsson.