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Society of School Librarians International Honor Book Award
Vondel Prize for Translation from the Dutch, Commended

"[T]houghtful ... original and touching." — Horn Book

About the Author

Marjolijn Hof (, formerly a children’s librarian, always dreamed of being a writer. When her first novel, Against the Odds (Een kleine kans), was published it met with high critical acclaim, winning three major Dutch and Flemish children’s book prizes — the Golden Owl Juvenile Literature Prize, the Golden Owl Young Reader’s Prize and the Golden Slate Pencil. It was also nominated for the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (German Youth Literature Award) and has been translated into twelve languages. Hof has written picture books and several other novels.

Johanna H. Prins and Johanna W. Prins are a daughter-mother team who have translated many books together, including Against the Odds and Mother Number Zero, both by Marjolijn Hof.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155498078X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554980789
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,451,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Adoptions From The Heart on November 13, 2012
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Fay and his sister Bing were adopted, and live with their parents in the Netherlands. Fay was born to a Bosnian woman who fled to the Netherlands during the Bosnian War, Bing was adopted from China. Fay meets a young girl named Maud who encourages him to find his birth mother which he isn't sure he wants to do. This brings up all kinds of emotions in Fay, his sister and his parents. This is great book to get the conversation started about birth parents, their situations and what happens when one child is able to find their birth parent and the other isn't. The emotions were very realistic and the conversations were well done. This would be a great read for parents whose children are starting to question where they came from and also for kids 9 and up.
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