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Aevar Thor Benediktsson
WHICH BOOK SERIES?
THE "YOUR VERY OWN"-SERIES
An Interactive Reading Experience - You Decide What Happens
YOUR VERY OWN
YOUR VERY OWN
YOUR VERY OWN
YOUR VERY OWN
A BOOK SERIES THAT WORKS LIKE A COMPUTER GAME!
The reader is the main character and decides what
happens by making a series of choices.
In every book the reader visits a different world,
whether it is the world of Icelandic folklore,
Grimm's fables, the Norse gods or what could possibly be the
scariest night of his life.
Different endings - some happy, others not so happy -
all depending on the reader's choice.
Illustrations by Evana Kisa.
Reading age: 8-15
THE YOUNG ADVENTURES
OF IVOR THE SCIENTIST
Dinosaurs, Robots & Aliens - What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
ARE YOU READY FOR ADVENTURE?
In these crazy and fun filled books we follow the adventures of an 11 year old wanna-be scientist called Ivor. Along with his trusty sidekick-cat, Einstein, he will hatch dinosaur eggs, attend a school filled with some very dangerous robots and meet aliens that have almost definitely arrived to attack his home town! Or have they?
In every book there is an underlying scientific theme,
helping the reader learn something without realising it:
Dinosaurs in Reykjavik - Geology.
The Robot Attack - Programming.
Visitors from Outer Space - Astronomy
Printed using Dyslexie - A font for people with dyslexia.
Illustrations by Ran Flygenring
Reading age: 6-12
IN THE PRESS
I love that the main-characters (in The Robot Attack) excel at other things than sports. They are nerds and it gives those that are interested in computer games, programming or science someone to look up to.
Your very own fairytale is a very exciting and an original book. It's incredibly fun to be able to be the hero of the story and decide your own fate.
HALLDÓRA ELÍN EINARSDÓTTIR,
It was rather difficult for this critic to read the books (Dinosaurs in Reykjavík and The Robot Attack) in peace, because the children of the house, ages 8, 11 and 12, kept stealing them to read for themselves.
They loved them.
Dinosaurs in Reykjavik is incredebly entertaining, funny and fantastical. I read it for my eight year old daughter.
I don't know which of us laughed more;
me or her.
Your Very Own Scary Story is by no means a regular book - but that is what makes it unique.
The author’s command of teen-age angst is the salient feature of this prize-worthy book (Dinosaurs in Reykjavík).
In sum: This is an author who needs an English language edition.
VILHJÁLMUR A. KJARTANSSON,
ÓLAFUR V. ÓLAFSSON,
THE JUDGES OF THE 2016 DEBARY OUTSTANDING CHILDREN’S SCIENCE BOOK AWARDS
The “secret ingredient” (in Your Very Own Spooky Story) is that Ævar Þór is extremely skilled at placing the reader in the center of the reading experience and giving him or her control of the process. His prankish, schoolyard sense of humor is always on hand, making sure that no one gets too frightened, despite all the horrors on offer.
On Visitors From Outer Space:
Ævar Þór Benediktsson has once again written a fantastic book, not just only for children, because adults will also enjoy it.
THE ICELANDIC LITERATURE CENTER
Aevar Thor is an actor and author, best know in Iceland for his work as Aevar the scientist (in TV, radio and bookform) and for his bestselling "Your very own"-series of books, where the reader takes an active role in shaping the storyline.
Aevar has won several awards for his work, including the Icelandic Children's Book Awards, The Bookseller's Awards, four Edda-awards for his TV-show and a special award, by the Ministry of culture and education, in recognition of his contribution to work on the Icelandic language.
He was nominated for the Icelandic Literary Prize for Children and YA Books 2016 (The Robot Attack) and was finalist and first International Selection of the DeBary Outstanding Children’s Book Awards 2016 (Dinosaurs in Reykjavik).
In 2015, 2016 and 2017 Ævar launched annual nation-wide reading challenges for every child in Iceland between the ages of 5-13. At the end of each challenge five participants are randomly selected and as a reward get to be characters in the book series "The Young Adventures of Ivor the Scientist". Over 177 thousand books were read in the three challenges. In October of 2017 he was nominated for the ALMA awards, as a "Promoter of reading".
In 2017 Ævar was chosen as one of the Aarhus39 - a collection of the 39 best emerging writers for young people from across Europe.
He currently lives in Reykjavík, Iceland, with his fiancé and cat (not the same person, though).
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
Selected for the Hay Festival's Aarhus39-list: A collection of the 39 best emerging writers for young people from across Europe.
A finalist for the In Other Words-prize (Dinosaurs in Reykjavík)
A special prize from Iceland-division of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) for reading promotion.
Nomination for the ALMA-Awards 2018, as a Promoter of reading.
Nominated for the Icelandic Literary Prize for Children and YA Books 2017 (Your Very Own Fairy Tale)
Nominated for the Icelandic Literary Prize for Children and YA Books 2016 (The Robot Attack)
Finalist and first International Selection of the DeBary Outstanding Children’s Book Awards 2016 (Dinosaurs in Reykjavik)
Special Award from the Icelandic government in the autumn of 2016, for contribution to the Icelandic language
The Icelandic Booksellers’ Prize 2016 (2nd place) for the Best Children’s Book of the Year (Your Very Own Spooky Story)
The Icelandic Booksellers’ Prize 2015 (3rd place) for the Best Children’s Book of the Year (Your Very Own Nordic Mythology)
The Children’s Choice Book Prize 2015 as the Best Children’s Book of the Year (Your Very Own Fable)
The Icelandic Booksellers’ Prize 2014 for the Best Children’s. Book of the Year (Your Very Own Fable)
Edda Awards Winner - Best Children’s Programme, 2015 (Aevar the Scientist)
Edda Awards Winner - Best Children’s Programme, 2016 (Aevar the Scientist)
Edda Awards Winner - Best Entertainment Programme, 2016 (Aevar the Scientist)
Edda Award s Winner - Best Children’s Programme, 2017 (Aevar the Scientist)