Apart from the books about Sofia, Henning Mankell has written several children’s and youth books. In the four books about Joel, who lives in the little North Swedish village of Sveg, the reader is invited to follow his dreams about the future and the world beyond the endless woods. From age twelve to age fifteen, Joel develops from a young boy to an almost adult, ready to take on the world. In addition to the Joel books, Henning Mankell has also written the book The Cat who Liked Rain, about the boy Lucas and his cat Night.
Henning Mankell has earned several awards for his children’s and youth books, among others the Nils Holgersson Plaque (A Bridge to the Stars), Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (A Bridge to the Stars), the August Prize (The Journey to the End of the World), the Astrid Lindgren Award and Expressen’s children’s book award (When the Snow Fell).