Marco Kunst (b. 1966), author and philosopher, has previously shown, with his imaginative young-adult novels Wiped (2004) and Isa’s Dream (2008), that he does not shy away from telling great stories in the tradition of Dutch classics by the likes of Tonke Dragt and Paul Biegel. Kunst does not allow himself to be pinned down to one particular genre or style. He surprised his readers last year with Fly!, a beautifully written and touchingly true-to-life novel about a dreamy young boy. That book won a Vlag en Wimpel award, as did his fairy-tale-like The Key Bearer (2012).