“It is smart art of storytelling from first to last page.”
From the jury’s statement
A graphic novel with LGBT topic for age 9 and up.
How do you know that you’re in love?
Nothing is as it used to be when Tuva and her friends start seventh grade. While one of them now has a boyfriend and another hates everything about falling in love and having boyfriends, Tuva finds it hard to choose side. Besides, Tuva plans to fall in love herself. Then Miriam shows up. Can you fall in love with a girl and at the same time like the most popular boyband.
A heartwarming graphic novel about friendship, falling in love for the first time and figuring out what is cool when you start seventh grade.
Film with Nora Dåsnes talking about Cross My Heart and Hope to Diehere.
Una Gjerde, Empirix.no
The winners of the 2020 Pondus Prize are Nora Dåsnes and Jenny Jordahl, for their fine-tuned graphic novels that tell the stories of girls in between childhood and youth. For the first time the Pondus Prize goes to two authors for two separate titles: Jenny Jordahl’s What Happened to You? and Nora Dåsnes' Cross My Heart and Hope to Die. This year the award is raised from NOK 100,000 to NOK 150,000. – For me both are important books. In their own way, they tell the stories of growing up and about acceptance, to be accepted by others than themselves. Dåsnes and Jordahl breaks elegantly out of the traditional comic book routes to tell their stories. It is smart art of storytelling from first to last page.
Frode Øverli, leader of the jury, the Pondus Prize