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Bert och bacillerna
Author Anders Jacobsson and Sören Olsson
Illustrator Sonja Härdin
Country Sweden
Language Swedish
Series Bert
Genre Diary, Children's, Youth
Set in fictional town of Öreskoga, Sweden
Published 1997

Bert och bacillerna (Swedish: Bert and the bacilli) is a diary-style novel, written by Anders Jacobsson and Sören Olsson and originally published in 1997. It tells the story of Bert Ljung from 7 November to 31 December the year he turns 12 during the autumn term in 5th grade at his school in Sweden.


Bert fears getting sick for Christmas. Lill-Erik and Åke celebrate their birthdays, while in December Bert's school class hold a Saint Lucy procession, and the school a floorball tournament. On third of Advent Bert goes to church with his grandmother. Bert is still together with Nadja, but he thinks she thinks too much of her violin.

At school, Bert's schoolteacher falls and breaks her neck. She is taken away by the ambulance, and Bert hopes the temporary teacher will be a girl from the United States in a swimsuit, but instead comes a guy called Håkan Kelinus. They call him Adolf. Bert calls him Terrormannen (Terror man), and believes that he was the one who shot Olof Palme.

During Christmas break, Åke travels to the Canary Island. Bert gets healthy for Christmas, and his uncle Jan from New York City comes for a visit. Bert gets a train trip in a smoke-free compartment to visit his cousins in Bollnäs.

On 27 December Bert closes with the lines "Tack och hej – smörgåspastej". On 31 December he closes with the lines "Tack och hej – leverpastej", which become the standard closing lines for the books Berts första, vidare and ytterligare betraktelser as well as the TV series, as well as becoming characteristic for the entire Bert Universe.

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