Books by Hester Velmans

THE HORMONE FACTORY by Saskia Goldschmidt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Although Goldschmidt gives him a distinctive, if repellent voice, Mordechai reports the events of his life in a deadening follow-the-dots style that does nothing to mitigate the novel's simplistic portrayal of nobility versus capitalist evil."
Dutch author Goldschmidt's first novel, an attempt to fictionalize the history of a Dutch pharmaceutical company that survived World War II although it was owned by Jews, offers a less than savory view of business ethics.
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JESSALOUP'S SONG by Hester Velmans
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A fantasy that will satisfy fans of Velmans' previous work as well as new readers, budding scientists in particular."
In this sequel to her middle-school-age novel Isabel of the Whales (2006), Velmans flips the script and features a whale that turns into a boy. Read full book review >
THE VOYAGE OF THE SHORT SERPENT by Bernard du Boucheron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Sparse, rawboned and fascinating."
A spare, cunningly ironic novel set in the wilds of medieval Iceland. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Anne Frank enthusiasts will wish for more about her, but van Maarsen offers valuable testimony about the particular tensions and horrors her own family endured."
Called "Jopie" in Anne's published diary, a childhood friend recalls her family's history as it intersected with the Franks' before, during and after the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Read full book review >
THE DREAM MERCHANT by Isabel Hoving
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Profound and serious; offbeat and clever. (Fantasy. YA)"
This ambitious, well-crafted epic crosses vast, treacherous territories of time, dreams, geography and legend. Read full book review >
ISABEL OF THE WHALES by Hester Velmans
ANIMALS
Released: April 12, 2005

"Watch out Little Mermaid, here comes Isabel. (notes, drawings) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Fantasy and reality merge in this aquatic coming-of-age adventure with a compelling ecological message. Read full book review >
WITHOUT MERCY by Renate Dorrestein
THRILLERS
Released: July 14, 2003

"Dorrestein is a potent writer, but, despite some splendid moments, this is a disappointing successor to A Heart of Stone."
An intense domestic thriller in which a beloved only child's death destroys an already shaky marriage. Read full book review >
A HEART OF STONE by Renate Dorrestein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2001

"The climactic pages are as harrowing as anything in contemporary fiction, but you won't want to miss a word leading up to them. A triumph."
The history of a destroyed family and the mingled guilt and rage that possess the survivor who remembers, and reimagines, their story—all rendered with hallucinatory clarity in this first English translation of yet another popular and critically acclaimed Dutch author. Read full book review >
THE LILY THEATER by Lulu Wang
Released: Sept. 5, 2000

A stunning first novel from Wang, a Chinese émigré to Holland, depicts a young girl's coming of age under the specter of Mao's Cultural Revolution. Read full book review >