Asrin Brunson is twelve years old and, to all appearances, an ordinary girl living with her grandmother. On the anniversary of her parents’ death her grandmother takes her to an old house on the island of Djurgården in Stockholm. The things that happen in the old house mark the beginning of events that will change Asrin’s life forever.
Are her parents really dead? How is the tale of the Three Mirrors connected to her family? And who is hiding on the other side of the mirror?

Mystery and magic often surround mirrors in literature and film, and in Erika Vallin’s solid debut mirrors play a crucial part.
The Girl by the Glass Tower ties together the mirrors and fantasy worlds we already know from C. S. Lewis and Lewis Carroll and Erika Vallin makes her readers believe that a world of magical mirrors really does exist. Her story is unique and this fantasy adventure/detective story has the magical realism we know and love from the works of Maria Gripe and Astrid Lindgren.


First published by B. Wahlströms Bokförlag, 2012
208 pages
Category: Children’s fiction 9+

Series: The Secret of the Mirrors (Speglarnas hemlighet).

Some books remind you why you love to read. This is one of them. 

‘The Girl at the Glass Tower’ is a YA book that I long to tell as many people as possible about. It is an exciting well-written story about mirrors that are gateways to another world. Just what I like! I love the books about Narnia.

Vallin truly manages to find an exciting twist with magic and secret societies that can be really exciting for teens. A book I wouldn’t mid putting under the Christmas tree for our book loving tween.

This is a classic tale that effectively depicts the meeting between the mundane and the fantastic. Stockholm is accurately portrayed, making the fantasy elements even more striking.

An exciting fantasy story about Asrin where you are constantly unsure about who is on her side and who is not.

The story has a good drive and more and more resembles a classic detective story. Vallin uses the whole repertoire of tricks to keep the voltage up and in some parts, where she flirts openly with horror romance, it also gets really scary.
Svenska Dagbladet

This is the first part of the trilogy “The Secret of the Mirrors”. I wonder when book two and three will be published. This book was great. I want to read the rest of the trilogy now!

‘The girl at the Glass Tower’ is a meandering and dizzying tale of Asrin, magic, mathematics and friendship like the one you had at the beginning of sixth grade. 

FILM, (Eyeworks)


Children’s & YA