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Secrets in the Fire
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First edition
Author Henning Mankell
Original title Eldens hemlighet
Translator Anne Connie Stuksrud
Country Sweden
Language Swedish
Genre Children's novel
Publisher Rabén & Sjögren
Allen & Unwin (Eng. trans.)
Publication date
1995 (orig Swedish edition)
Published in English
1 May 2000 (Eng. trans.)
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 168 pp (Eng. trans. edition, hardback)
ISBN 1-86508-181-7 (Eng. trans. edition, hardback)
OCLC 43971373
Followed by Playing with Fire (Eldens gåta) 

Secrets in the Fire is a children's novel by Swedish author Henning Mankell. It was published in 1995 and was translated into English by Anne Connie Stuksrud. Secrets in the Fire was based on the true story of land mine victim Sofia Alface. The book has won the 2002 Sankei Children's Publishing Culture Award.

Plot summary

When Sofia's hometown is destroyed by The Bandits, Muazena, the village's wise woman, must find a way to teach Sofia the secrets in the fire. Even with Muazena trying to help, Sofia must overcome multiple adversities such as losing both her sister and her legs to a land mine and all of the strife that comes with growing up. Throughout her recovery Sofia finds that she is not as weak as some would have her believe and that she has a strength of her own.


There are two sequels to Secrets in the Fire, Playing With Fire and Shadow of the Leopard. Both books received positive reviews from critics.

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