Marjolijn Hof’s first novel, Against the Odds (Een kleine kans), met with high critical acclaim, winning three major Dutch and Flemish children’s book prizes. It was also nominated for the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis and has been translated into twelve languages. Marjolijn lives in Krommenie, the Netherlands.
Readers able to look between the lines will find plenty to ponder here. - Kirkus Reviews
...[a] thoughtful family story. - D S, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
This minimalist work demonstrates the best qualities of contemporary children's fiction emerging in Europe. Canadian readers are privileged that Groundwood has opted to translate and distribute the work here. - Michelle Superle, CM Magazine
thoughtful, ...original and touching - Sarah Ellis, The Horn Book Magazine
Told with heart, and sensitivity to the issues that still surround adoption [Hof] has created a story that will resonate with many and would be a wonderful book to share in families and classrooms. - Sal's Fiction Addiction