Author

Jowi Schmitz

Jowi Schmitz (b. 1972) works as a theatre critic for the Dutch newspaper Trouw, has contributed to a number of short-story collections and had already written two books for adults before making her debut as a children’s writer with Ik heet Olivia en daar kan ik ook niks aan doen, which has been translated into English and German. She won the major Literatour Prize in 2017 for her YA novel Weg.

My Name Is Olivia and I Can’t Do Anything About That

My Name Is Olivia and I Can’t Do Anything About That

(Querido Kind, 2011, 167 pages)

Some writers think that to make a captivating story you have to come up with an ingenious plot in an exotic setting. But sometimes an original girl in an unusual situation can be even better. Olivia is that kind of girl. Her sad and humorous diary Ik heet Olivia en daar kan ik ook niks aan doen feels absolutely genuine, from cover to cover.

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Best Brothers

Best Brothers

(Hoogland & Van Klaveren, 2020, 228 pages)

Raf (8) has moved from the city with his mum and dad and his little brother Robbie (5) to go and live on his grandma and grandpa’s farm. Jowi Schmitz endearingly depicts Raf as a boy with a nervous disposition: ‘“Raf is the biggest scaredy-cat in the school,” someone once wrote on the board in our classroom. Cees thought it was particularly funny that I was too scared to wipe it off.’

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