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Hester Velmans
Hester Velmans is the author of two children's novels and a translator specializing in modern fiction. She is a 2014 NEA Translation Fellow. Her translation of Renate Dorrestein's A HEART OF STONE won the Vondel Prize for Translation and was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection.... show more



Hester Velmans is the author of two children's novels and a translator specializing in modern fiction. She is a 2014 NEA Translation Fellow. Her translation of Renate Dorrestein's A HEART OF STONE won the Vondel Prize for Translation and was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her translation of Lulu Wang's THE LILY THEATER was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.Her children's book ISABEL OF THE WHALES now has a sibling: the second in the Whales Series, JESSALOUP'S SONG (age 10 and up).

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fromfirstpagetolast
fromfirstpagetolast rated it 2 months ago
Hendrik Groen is embarking on his 84th year. In order to keep boredom at bay he decides to keep a diary of his days in the care home he in which he now resides. His diary charts the ups and downs of the coming year and how he fights the boredom that threats his days. Who says you have to grow old gr...
FatherCraneMadeMeDoIt
FatherCraneMadeMeDoIt rated it 1 year ago
I received an uncorrected proof of this book through Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This book is good, not great; interesting, not thrilling. An easy read that is intriguing, but not necessarily page-turning. It was a good story, but definitely not what I expected from "the Dutch answer...
Liz Loves Books.Com.
Liz Loves Books.Com. rated it 2 years ago
Source: Publisher Review Copy Growing up in the old rectory of a peaceful Dutch village with her beautiful, eccentric mother and their two endearing male ‘lodgers’ Ludo and Duco, Lucy is the popular, wildly imaginative leader of the preschool set until a bizarre crime rocks her world. Lucy’s frien...
Charmayne reads
Charmayne reads rated it 5 years ago
It was good...however Isabel of the Whales still surpasses this.
Charmayne reads
Charmayne reads rated it 5 years ago
So I took this from my younger brother's bookshelf a few days ago and read it on a whim!I wish the author had made Isabel a little older. It's ridiculous to have a relationship (with a whale) when you're eleven, and then hear the freaking whale love song of your life, AND then go on to have a human ...
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