Against the Odds
An extraordinary, prize-winning novel about a young girl's response to her aid-worker father's disappearance in a war zone. While this book deals with big moral issues in a very serious way, it is also very funny and deeply human, with complex, complicated but lovable characters. It's about how to come to grips with life and the things we fear might happen without sacrificing the best of ourselves.
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 was 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 Readers' Prize and the Golden Slate Pencil - and it has been translated into at least nine languages. Marjolijn Hof has been praised for her ability to evoke emotions in very few words.