Aimée Sommerfelt

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Aimée Sommerfelt
Born 2 April 1892
Oslo, Norway
Died 7 August 1975
Oslo, Norway[1]
Nationality Norwegian
Genre children's books, young adult fiction
Notable works The Road to Agra
Notable awards Jane Addams Children's Book Award, Josette Frank Award
Spouse Alf Sommerfelt

Aimée Sommerfelt (8 April 1892 – 1975[2][3]) was a Norwegian author of numerous children's books and young adult novels.

She was most famous for her 1959 work The Road to Agra. In 1961, it became her first book to be published in the United States, being translated into English by Evelyn Ramsden. For The Road to Agra, Sommerfelt won the Jane Addams Children's Book Award and the Josette Frank Award.

Personal life

She was the daughter of a psychiatrist, Henrik Arnold Thaulow Dedichen (not to be confused with the writer Henrik Arnold Thaulow Wergeland).[3]

She married linguist Alf Sommerfelt.

She became blind late in her life.[3]

Themes in her work

Her books usually highlighted issues of social justice. They placed child protagonists in extremely difficult circumstances, such as poverty and wartime.


  • Miriam (1950)
  • The Road to Agra (1959) (translated into English by Evelyn Ramsden in 1961)
  • The White Bungalow (1962), sequel to The Road to Agra
  • My Name Is Pablo (1964)
  • No Easy Way (1967)


  1. Norsk biografisk leksikon: "Aimée Sommerfelt"
  2. "The Road to Agra: About the Author". Encarta. Microsoft. Retrieved 2008-06-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Road to Agra: About the Author". Retrieved 2008-06-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>