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  • Give-aways

    by Michael Roher

    »Give-aways«: Trade and share like the Josephs! The mayor in his underwear, a bear as a pet, people donating what they don't need, getting what they need in return? Is that possible? Yes, in every town that family Joseph visits, because they have an excellent idea: Everybody who has something they don't need can offer it to someone who has use for it. But their good intentions arouse mistrust. Everything for free? Some people don't believe it, but family Joseph knows how to share and care!

  • Grandmother's House

    by Thomas Sautner

    »Grandmother's House«: The encounter with her unconventional grandmother, who is not averse to certain psychoactive substances, turns a young woman's life upside down. Malina lives in the city, goes to university and works part-time as a librarian. One day, she gets mailed a mysterious package full of cash. On the attached card it says: »A few pieces of paper with zeros on them. Your grandma.« Malina is in shock, she thought her grandmother had died long ago. So, the young woman sets out to find her. The old lady she finds in a house hidden deep in the forest is nothing like she expected but extravagant and eccentric. Not to mention highly unconventional: Right after their reunion she offers her granddaughter a joint …

  • Grünauge is watching you

    by Bastienne Voss

    »Grünauge is watching you«: Amidst the turn of an era, a passionate cross-border affair between East and West Germany ensues. Iris grows up, Henry has to face his midlife crisis and Leo needs to come to terms with losing control over his daughter. In the summer of 1989, Henry Weber, a nuclear physicist, wants to escape the insignificance of his life. Thus he follows an unexpected invitation to East Germany where he falls in love with sixteen-year-old Iris. But his new flame is not only twenty-one years younger but also the daughter of Leo Landowski, an officer in East German intelligence in charge of investigating Henry. Iris’ passion for her father’s »person of interest« will soon lead to grave consequences for everyone involved. A touching novel about the downfall of the GDR: Bastienne Voss portrays the uncertainties of a political shift with a subtle sense of humour and a keen eye for human shortcomings.

  • Happiness is a Hasty Bird!

    by Leonora Leitl

    »Happiness is a Hasty Bird!«: Elli learns about the many faces of happiness and tries to find it! Elli is curious and asks a lot of questions. Why doesn't the moon fall out of the sky? Why is my foot asleep while I am awake? And what is happiness? »Happiness is a hasty bird,« Elli learns from grandma, but she is just not satisfied with this answer, so she starts seeking the one and only truth about happiness. Soon, Elli finds out that happiness means something different to everyone.

  • Holiday Hero

    by Sarah Michaela Orlovský / Michael Roher

    »Holiday Hero«: Valentin can't wait to finally go on vacation! But the long awaited holiday does not turn out as expected: The food's gross, the ocean way too salty and the temple ruins terribly boring. Only his new found friend Áris cheers Valentin up. He herds goats with his dad in the Greek mountains. But when Áris disappears, Valentin is broken-hearted. Will he see him again?Wonderfully quirky illustrations by Michael Roher make Valetin's vacation come to life – a humorous and exciting tale on the importance of friendship!

  • Human Rights and Human Duties. Key Terms for a Compassionate Society

    by Aleida Assmann

    »Human Rights and Human Duties. Key Terms for a Compassionate Society«: The current political debate on refugees raises urgent questions about a new social code of conduct. To formulate such, three aspects need to be considered: firstly, the political implementation of human rights as a historical accomplishment; secondly, a social perspective on this legal protection based on age-old values such as empathy and solidarity and finally, a code of rules facilitating fair and respectful coexistence of locals and immigrants. For this set of rules, which is to be recognised as a collective commitment beyond cultural differences, Aleida Assmann, winner of the Peace Prize of the German Booktrade 2018, proposes the term »human duties«. She retraces its five thousand-year-long history and updates it for the present.

  • In Hiding

    by Ljuba Arnautović

    »In Hiding«: Ljuba Arnautović's first novel is a haunting story based on the author's grandmother and own family history. A strong woman's silent heroism during World War II puts her in great danger, but she stays commited to compassion. Vienna, 1944: Genofeva works in the office of the Protestant Church Council. No one knows about her political past, nor do they suspect that, for months, she is hiding people in her apartment to save them from the Nazis. In these perilous times, Genofeva must conceal all her loneliness and pain; her sons have been in the USSR for years without any news from them, and her husband has left her to start a new life in Australia. One day she meets Walter, who too must find refuge. Thus two lost souls in search of solace find each other …

  • September 2020

    In Search of a Miracle

    by Thomas Bruckner

    »In Search of a Miracle«: When Thomas Bruckner is diagnosed with a brain tumour, he decides against the doctors' advice to undergo immediate surgery and seeks out self-proclaimed »miracle healers« worldwide. His personal search for a cure faces reporter Thomas Bruckner with an emotional rollercoaster on which he meets healers, believers and charlatans alike. He always remains a questioning sceptic, yet is hopeful and experiences the inexplicable. Bruckner’s travels take him to an Austrian farmer practicing as an energetic healer, a Voodoo priest in Togo, ghost surgeons in the Philippines, shamans in Bulgaria, Ghanaian exorcists and finally to the world’s most famous medium João de Deus in Brazil.

  • Just Short of a Miracle

    by David Krems

    »Just Short of a Miracle«: A captivating tale of corruption and the power of the media, an insight into the world of tabloids and political scandal. Reporter Fabian investigates a talented unknown runner who almost won the Vienna City Marathon. Little does the journalist know that his editor is trying to exploit Fabian to his own advantage. The mysterious runner is identified as an asylum seeker who tried to draw attention to his hopeless situation. Fabian’s research will lead to unexpected consequences – for the ministry official he trusted, the tabloid he works for and even the government. Who's covering their tracks? Who is doing business with whom? And most importantly: Who benefits?

  • Kamnik

    by Felix Kucher

    »Kamnik«: A compelling historical tale about the first half of the last century, fatefully interlinking the lives of its protagonists across two continents. Austria, Southern Carinthia, in the nineteen-twenties: Anton conceives a plan to seek his fortune far away in distant America. He obtains passage to Buenos Aires, and when he arrives in Argentina he works hard on leaving his past behind: his poor rural Slovenian heritage, the uprising of National Socialism in Europe and his beloved but troubled brother Josl. Soon he leads a new life. Steiner, who is from the same region as Anton, arrives in South America in 1945. Not before long they become friends – but Steiner keeps a dark secret to himself …

  • Look What I Can Do!

    by Nikolaus Ober / Angela Holzmann

    »Look What I Can Do!«: What a day full of fun things to do! The little kangaroo wants to show the big kangaroo all the things it can do and is up to all sorts of shenanigans! It can climb up a tree, it can do somersaults, draw pictures in the sand and can even put its head into the crocodile's mouth! The big kangaroo, on the other hand, can embrace the little kangaroo tightly and love it very much. According to the little kangaroo, that is the best thing anyone could ever do.

  • Luckily there's Rudi Ribisel!

    by Anita Mild / Angela Holzmann

    »Luckily there's Rudi Ribisel!«: A long lost weirdo uncle makes Linus believe in himself. Beanpole! Dork! Loser! Linus is not having fun at school, especially in gym class, where Konstantin and his gang bully him. Things aren't really better at home, where dad stares at the ceiling since he lost his job. But then – luckily! – Linus' globetrotter uncle Rudi Ribisel comes to visit. He has travelled all around the world, owns two goats and lives in a yurt, a tent, with a beautiful garden around it. Inspired by his uncle Linus doesn't know which fun thing to do first: bake an Italian pizza, feed the goats or stargaze into the night sky with his friend Franziska? If only Linus didn't have to partake in the big sports competition at the end of the school year ... A fun story about the happiness of childhood, the beauty of small things and about learning to stand up or yourself.

  • Maja and Robobo

    by Evelyne Stein-Fischer / Inge Bratusch-Marrain / Birgitta Heiskel

    »Maja and Robobo«: Little robot Robobo discovers human emotion. One night, Maja wakes from a strange sound. All of a sudden there is a little robot standing before her, who was sent to her to get to know more about humans – especially about their feelings. Maja grows to like the little guy. He is invisible to other people and accompanies her to school, where he is confronted with Maja's friends, foes and her crush – and many conflicting feelings: joy, fear, anger, envy and sadness ... but also happiness! Robobo tags along with Maja and learns a lot about human emotions, wanting to learn how to feel himself. Evelyne Stein-Fischer's story of two friends very unlike each other enchants and moves. In the appendix psychologist and therapist Inge Bratusch-Marrain explains the power of emotions to children and offers useful tips for dealing with burdensome feelings.

  • Migrant Birds

    by Michael Roher

    »Migrant Birds«: A call for tolerance, love and charity. Since they are migrant birds, Luka’s new friends have to journey on in autumn. But Oleg, Madame Petrova and Paulinchen don’t want to leave. They want to experience winter and go to school. But where to stay? Luckily, there’s Miss Lorenz with her big heart, caring for those who don’t know where to go. In wonderful, nuanced and yet powerful pictures Michael Roher tells a story painfully present these days: the story of a family being displaced from their home and settling down somewhere else under difficult conditions. A call for tolerance.

  • Murder 101

    by Elisabeth Schmidauer

    »Murder 101«: Wine, waves and crime: Luise's stay at a creative retreat on a Greek island ends in disaster when she finds a body on the beach. Elisabeth Schmidauer's new novel is a thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie – where no one is beyond suspicion and everyone has dark secrets. On top of everything, Luise inscribed for a crime novel writing course and develops a firm crush on her teacher Paul. But Paul seems to be more interested in another mysterious young course participant. Love and jealousy – and of course a body on the beach – suddenly calls everything the vacationers thought they knew about each other into question …

  • Papilio's World

    by Elisabeth Steinkellner / Michael Roher

    »Papilio's World«: A poetic vision of a diverse world full of freedom. It’s springtime! Papilio spreads his arms, waiting for the wind to carry him through the streets. »Come with me!« he calls out to the man with the dog, to the girl with the freckles, to the tightrope walker and the barefooted woman. They all follow Papilio to listen to him dreaming about another world. A world where people live where they want to live, cook what they like to eat, have time to do what they love to do and go where their hearts lead them. A completely queer idea? Not for the girl with the freckles who wants to give Papilio’s dream a chance. Together they wait for the wind …

  • Pepe and Lolo

    by Elisabeth Steinkellner / Michael Roher

    »Pepe and Lolo«: Dare to love and be loved! Lolo loves wearing bright colours and is very fond of playing the violin for hours despite everyone complaining about the noise. Pepe is different. Whenever someone is giving him a funny look for sitting on the street and talking to a snail he blushes in shame. One day Pepe and Lolo meet and a delicate friendship develops. While Lolo is sending Pepe postcards and expresses her affection, it is hard for Pepe to be loved the way he truly is. A story about courage, love and being loved.

  • Perhaps You Were a Flutter of Wings

    by Birgit Unterholzner / Clara Frühwirth

    »Perhaps You Were a Flutter of Wings«: A poetic story about the big questions in life. Felicia wants to know »Why am I in this world? Where do I come from?« Daddy tells her: »You are here because we wished for you.« »You were in my belly once«, says mummy. But how did she get in there? »You were a chimpanzee baby«, mocks her older brother. Maybe she was a dragon tree. Or a star of hope? Or she was a song that fell to earth. We can't know where we come from. But we can imagine, and feel how our laughter reverbs throughout the world.

  • Raining Cats and Dogs

    by Birgit Unterholzner / Clara Frühwirth

    »Raining Cats and Dogs«: Mia loves the rain. She loves thinking about what she could do in the wonderful, fresh, pouring rain. Miss Ernestine just complains: »It's so wet!« But she does think it's funny that it's raining »chair legs« in Greece or »cats and dogs« in England. Mia tells Miss Ernestine about the beautiful colours of the rain, the feeling of walking on the sand when it pours. And then, out of the blue, it suddenly starts to rain and it looks like silver strings! Finally, Miss Ernestine can feel it too: the rain's magic! An imaginative, poetic celebration of rain in all its glory, wonder, smells and colours!

  • Samba, Pig and the Mystery of the Mill

    by Andrea Karimé / Annette von Bodecker-Büttner

    »Samba, Pig and the Mystery of the Mill«: Annette von Bodecker-Büttner’s imaginative illustrations turn Andrea Karimé’s exciting detective story into a colourful delight! Samba has been bored ever since his friend Lâl moved out of the flat next door. But when aunt Ottilie – round and red as a pumpkin – moves in and plays her bassoon the days shimmer like a golden treasure. She even has a pet pig! Called Pig! But that’s a secret. One day aunt Ottilie suddenly vanishes. And then Pig runs away from Samba! So Samba chases after Pig and they come to a halt in front of the old mill. Maybe those sinister figures with their long coats have something to do with aunt Ottilie’s disappearance?

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