Salla Simukka's Punainen kuin veri

Salla Simukka's Punainen kuin veri is a first Finnish novel that I have simplified into easy Finnish.

The easiest way to buy Punainen kuin veri is directly from the publisher's online storeIf you use the campaign code A4XQJV7W5WXD, you'll get a 20 % discount. 

Here's a link to Avain's website where you can order the book. The campaign code (kampanjakoodi) is A4XQJV7W5WXD. The code is good until the end of September 2017.

You might also find the book in a good bookstore, or ask the bookstore to order it for you. You can definitely borrow or reserve Punainen kuin veri from any Finnish library. If it's not on the shelf, ask the library staff for help.

Salla Simukka, the author of the original novel, is one of the most translated Finnish author of all times, and her young adult trilogy about Lumikki Andersson has been really popular in many countries. (Lumikki means Snow White.) I chose this trilogy to be simplified, because it is suitable for both teenagers and adults, and I thought it might be fun for the readers to follow the same character in three stories. Also, they are planning a movie based on the trilogy.

Punainen kuin veri is the first novel of the trilogy. The heroine, Lumikki Andersson, is a 17-year-old high school student in Tampere. She and her classmates end up solving a mystery of a plastic bag full of bloody 500 euro bills. You can get into the mood of the book through these book trailers, even in multiple languages.

The original novel has approximately 250 pages, but the novel in easy Finnish has only 120, and the lines are much shorter than in a regular book. The sentences are short, and the complex grammar structures are made much easier.

In order to help the readers, I have created a free online course about the novelEach section of four or five chapters has a short synopsis, a printable worksheet and ten multiple choice questions. I'm also working on a Memrise course based on the book.

I hope that you'll like the novel! It is also a great gift for someone who is studying Finnish and has reached at least an A2 or B1 level in their studies.

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Salla Simukka's Snow White trilogy


  1. Hi Hannah,
    Just found your website!! Just wondering whether it is possible to purchase the ebook version of your selkokirja?

    1. Hei Cara, I can ask my publisher, but as least for now the book is only in paperback format.

    2. That would be great- if not i will have to buy it when i am in Helsinki in November- can you recommend where to buy it?

    3. Unfortunately, not so many bookstores have easy Finnish books on their shelves, so buying directly from the publisher (with the discount code!) is the best things to do.