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The Publishing House and its History

rowohlt rotfuchs is among the most richly traditional programs for children and young adults in German-speaking countries. Founded in 1972 by Uwe Wandrey, rotfuchs soon became synonymous with committed, contemporary literature for children and young adults. In its over 40 years, rotfuchs has produced children's book heroes such as Markus Osterwalder's «Bobo Siebenschläfer» or Angela Sommer-Bodenburg's «Der kleine Vampir». rotfuchs is also the home of the legendary Roald Dahl's children's book classics like "Matilda" or "Charlie und die Schokoladenfabrik".


rotfuchs is proud to publish great children's authors like British bestselling writer David Walliams as well as acclaimed German authors such as Rüdiger Bertram, Salah Naoura or Franziska Gehm.

Our young adult program features outstanding and award-winning German writers such as Nils Mohl, Holly-Jane Rahlens, Kirsten Fuchs or Sarah Jäger alongside renowned international authors like Elizabeth Acevedo, Helen Cooper, Philip Kerr, Simon Mason, Nic Stone or William Sutcliffe.

Authors and Illustrators

We count ourselves lucky to present artists like Dorothée Böhlke, Anke Faust, Amelie Glienke, Cathy Ionescu, Regina Kehn, Barbara Korthues, Anke Kuhl, Ute Krause, Tony Ross, Birgit Schössow, Kai Schüttler or Joëlle Tourlonias.

Current awards

  • Manfred-Mai-Preis für Kinderliteratur 2022 – Katja Reiders: Cool in 10 Tagen
  • Kranichsteiner Jugendliteratur-Stipendien 2021 – Sarah Jäger: Nach vorn, nach Süden
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2021 – Linn Skåber: Being young - Uns gehört die Welt
  • Oldenburger Kinder- und Jugendbuchpreis 2021 – Kerstin Gulden:Fair Play
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2020 – Sarah Jäger: Nach vorn, nach Süden
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2020 – Linn Skåber: Being Young: Uns gehört die Welt

Foreign Rights Highlights

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The Pearl Thief

  • Axel Scheffler & Rosa Scheffler
  • Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
  • Autumn 2019, 80 pages, 19 x 20 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5 +
  • Rights sold to the Netherlands, English world

When Peacock employs the little chicken in his shop, he’s blissfully unaware of the chaos that’s about to ensue: a royal visit, petty theft, a hunt for a robber and a sudden burst of glamour and fame in the morning! And there’s a radiant happy end for the chicken, too.
Accompanying the book is a set of embroidery instructions for children by Rosa Scheffler to recreate pearl brooches from the story.

Forward, to the South

  • Sarah Jäger
  • Spring 2020, 224 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 14+
  • All rights available

In the backyard of the local supermarket, you get your name whether you like it or not. If you are lucky, you will be ennobled with an “ours”, just like our Pavel. Or you are unlucky Like “duck ass”. She got her name from Jo, who disappeared months ago. Marie, his ex-girlfriend decides to find out what happend. Together with her and Can, who never stops talking, “duck ass”, who’s the only one with a driver licence, hits the road. The search for Jo develops into a wild summer trip through roaring hot July days. Without a plan, without air conditioning, further and further south.

The Mystery of Ainsley Castle

  • Holly-Jane Rahlens
  • March 2020, 320 pages,
  • Age 12+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Lizzy and her father have just moved far north to her future stepmother’s hotel. It's on a rainy and secluded island with little to recommend except a sleepy, quaint town and the ruins of an ancient castle. One day, mysterious emails land in Lizzy’s account. Someone knows exactly who she is, what she’s doing – and even what she’s thinking! Then a young girl called Betty – her exact double! – appears on the scene. There’s no doubt in Lizzy’s mind that something really weird is going on. Lizzy, Betty, and their friend Mack go on a journey to unravel the mystery of Ainsley Castle, only to discover that they are characters in a soon-to-be completed book. Even worse: the author intends to delete Lizzy’s character and replace her with Betty! Can Lizzy and her world be saved?

The Heart of Time: The Invisible City (Vol. I)

  • Monika Peez
  • February 2019, 432 pages,
  • Age 12+
  • Rights sold to Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine
  • Website

What would today look like if you could change the past?

"That girl has a very active imagination. Too active, if you ask me." Lena can't count the number of days she's heard Auntie Sonja say that. She's lived with her aunt for as long as she can remember, along with her two younger cousins. But she feels like a stranger in the heart of this family.

Her best friend Bobbie says that all 15-year-olds have that feeling sometimes. But Lena is convinced there's more to it. She was only four when her parents died. But the accident is never spoken about in the family.

Lena's suspicions are borne out when she finds a mysterious clock among her parent's old things. By accident, she activates the timepiece's mechanism, calling forth enigmatic friends and powerful enemies. Far away, in a place not of this world, a boy takes notice of her: Dante.

Lena is fascinated by Dante, who seems to have magical powers. And the key to her heart. They team up and journey to Dante's home, an invisible city. But who is Dante? And what does he have to do with her parents' deadly accident?


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Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

Kirchenallee 19
20099 Hamburg


Phone +49 (0)40 72 72-0

Contact Person

Publisher Nicola Bartels

Program Director Christiane Steen (-313)

Public Relations Hanna Biresch (-412)

Events Bettina Schalk (-217)

Marketing Julia Reimer (-416

Production Florian Enns (-373)

Foreign Rights Nathalie Wittfoth (-364)