Author

Selma Noort

The 20-year-old Selma Noort (b. 1960) was still training to be a nursery-school teacher when she made her debut in 1980. She has since written dozens of books, including read-aloud books for pre-schoolers, graded books for early readers and historical YA novels. Her book De zee kwam door de brievenbus (The Sea Came Through the Letterbox, about the disastrous flood of 1953) won a Vlag en Wimpel award and the Thea Beckman Prize for the best historical children’s book in 2016. Her previous work has won two Zilveren Griffel awards. With her considered, straightforward language, Noort reaches a wide audience. Alongside her writing, she often does library and school visits, and she has a particular interest in helping children with language problems to improve their reading and writing skills.

No Ordinary Necklace

No Ordinary Necklace

(Leopold, 1995, 39 pages)

Janna’s mother is in hospital. Daddy goes to visit her twice daily but Janna isn’t allowed to go with him. Mummy looks very sick and sometimes she can’t stop crying and she doesn’t want to confront her little girl with these things. Janna feels shut out and decides to change the situation herself. She strings together a colourful bead necklace that will make her mummy beautiful and happy and then sets out for the hospital. But before she can find her mother’s room the necklace breaks and most of the beads roll away and are lost.

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May I Borrow Your Ghost?

May I Borrow Your Ghost?

(Leopold, 2002, 89 pages)

May I Borrow Your Ghost? is the third book about the brothers Sil (10) and Geerten (9) and their little sister Mare (5), children who are as often naughty, rude and jealous as well as withdrawn, brave and immensely loyal. Selma Noort wrote the books because she saw a need for a children’s book about three children from a single family. Not only are the stories ‘a slice of (family) life,’ but they’re also so lively and fast-paced that from the very first page events seem to unfold as in a film.

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King Solomon’s Daughter

King Solomon’s Daughter

(Leopold, 2020, 264 pages)

For King Solomon’s Daughter, Selma Noort has revisited the Old Testament story about the wise King Solomon, who was asked to make a judgement in a case of two women who both claimed to be the mother of the same baby – whereupon Solomon ordered that the child should be cut in two.

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