Finnish North American Literature Association
Eva-Lis Wuorio was born in Viipuri, an ancient walled city in Finland, but she
immigrated with her family to Canada where she was educated. She has lived in
Toronto where she worked as a columnist and feature writer for newspapers and
as an editor of magazines. She lives in Britain on one of the Channel Islands.
Eva-Lis Wuorio writes both children's fiction and mainstream mysteries.
The Happiness Flower. Cleveland and New York: The World Publishing Company,
This is a delightful tale of a young girl whose parents are both busy while Maia is
out of school for the summer. The young girl is befriended by a magical good elf
from ancient folklore who helps her pass the time collecting flowers to present to
her teacher at the end of summer.
Venture at Midsummer. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1967.
This book is about a young girl who invites two friends to join her at her
grandfather's farm near the Russian border. The three plan a trip across the
border to pay a visit in repayment of a debt of honor to the benefactor of Kai, one
of the three friends. Instead of finding a benevolent doctor who cares for the
plants that have been nurtured to find cures for illness, they find a mad rune
singer. As the Russian patrols move in, the three find themselves dependent on a
madman for help to get back to Finland.
The Woman with the Portuguese Basket.
Z for Zaborra.
Midsummer Lokki. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1966.
Luke Ransey, a Canadian foreign correspondent assigned to Finland. To untangle
the mystery, Luke must travel to the tiny sliver of land on the very edge of the new
Russo-Finnish border. He uncovers the truth as he is lured into a ferocious fight to