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This series fills a gap of good reading for five- to seven-year-olds. It gives them a proper grown-up reading experience that is accessible but also has emotional weight

Julia Marshall, Publisher

Where Dani Goes, Happy Follows


A stand-alone follow-up to the acclaimed chapter books that began with New York Times Notable Book My Happy Life.

Translated by Julia Marshall

Read the first chapter here.


  • Description

    What do you do if your best friend lives in another city and the adults can’t keep their promises about when you’ll see her? You have to sort it out for yourself!

    Dani’s father is away and Dani is staying with her grandparents. When she remembers it’s Ella’s birthday, she thinks of the world’s best gift for the world’s best friend: she, Dani, will be the present!

    Grandma agrees— if she’s brave enough to take the train alone. So Dani sets out on a journey all by herself.

    The sixth in the My Happy Life series

  • Book Details

    Country of Origin Sweden
    Reader Age 5-7 year, 6-8 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. School Library Journal: ‘Easy Readers and Early Chapter Books: Some of the Best of 2019’

      There is just so much depth and emotion to this tiny book.

    2. Horn Book (May/June Issue)

      This series just gets better and better.

    3. Booklist Online

      In the sixth beginning chapter book from the Dani series, originally published in Sweden, Lagercrantz beautifully portrays the characters’ shifting emotions.

    4. Youth Services Book Reviews

      I really like the way the book treats the emotional life of children and their adults, showing a range of feelings realistically, including adult depression.

    5. The Children’s Bookshop

      These stand-alone illustrated stories are just charming and accurately reflect a 7-year-old’s perspective on life’s dramas. The mixed emotions arising from friendships and relationships are handled with sensitivity and humour.

    6. Red Reading Hub

      Eva Eriksson’s splendidly empathetic black and white illustrations are a delight and add an extra touch of piquancy to the book. I will definitely seek out the earlier titles in this series.
      Wholeheartedly recommended for solo reading and as a class read aloud for KS1 and early KS2.

    7. Booktrailers4kidsandYA

      A lovely feel-good chapter book for newly independent readers. Another beautiful book in the My Happy Life series to treasure.

    8. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

      Writing with exceptional insight and humor, author Lagercrantz develops Dani’s emotional maturity in this story, giving her a growing awareness of both life’s complexity and adult fallibility, all the while maintaining Dani’s bone-deep optimism.

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