Books by Johanna H. Prins

MOTHER NUMBER ZERO by Marjolijn Hof
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"Readers able to look between the lines will find plenty to ponder here. (Fiction. 10-13)"
In a simply written tale realistically built on half-formed questions and incomplete answers, a young adoptee suddenly starts thinking about his birth mother. Read full book review >
AGAINST THE ODDS by Marjolijn Hof
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"It is not a reassuring tale, however—'knowing everything,' as Kiki wants to do, rarely is—and it should, perhaps, be read with a trusted adult. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Kiki has a lot to worry about: Her father is a doctor who travels to war zones. Read full book review >
THE ACORN EATERS by Els Pelgrom
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 31, 1997

"An atmosphere of obscene poverty informs most of the book, but it is the novel's final image, of the boy in his home, brimming with love for his family, that resonates. (glossary) (Fiction. 12-15)"
A sensitive and evocative novel from Pelgrom (Little Sophie and Lanky Flop, 1988, etc.), who recounts the story of a young peasant boy growing up in Andalusia immediately following the Spanish Civil War. Read full book review >
THE PRINCESS IN THE KITCHEN GARDEN by Annemie Heymans
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1993

"The non-narrative format asks more than usual of readers, but those who make the effort will be rewarded with a poignant portrayal of real emotion. (Picture book. 5-9)"
From the Dutch, a surreal story about a brother and sister coping with their father's withdrawal after their mother's death. Read full book review >