Benny Lindelauf (b. 1964) made his debut as a children’s writer in 1998. He has grown to become one of the most original voices in the Dutch-speaking countries. With his award-winning books Negen open armen (published in English as ‘Nine Open Arms’, 2004) and its companion, Fing’s War (2010), he wrote his way into a lofty position in the pantheon of children’s literature. Tortot (2016) revealed a new side of Lindelauf’s talent: not psychological YA prose, but magic realism, a path he continues along in Whole Stories for a Half Soldier (2020).