Dutch children’s author Anna Woltz and translator Andrea Kluitmann have been awarded the Katholischen Kinder- und Jugendbuchpreis for Gips oder Wie ich an einem einzigen Tag die Welt reparierte (Plaster Cast or How I Fixed the World Within A Day). The prize of 5,000 euro goes to both author and translator. Anna Woltz previously also received the Gouden Griffel, a prestigious Dutch award for children’s literature, for this novel.
The award ceremony for the Katholischen Kinder- und Jugendbuchpreis will take place at 11 May in Vienna in Austria. According to the jury Gips (Plaster Cast) centers around the question how injuries or wounds may help heal?
12-year old Fitz, the protagonist of this novel, is going through a difficult time in her life. Her parents are breaking up. When her sister gets hurt, she accompanies her to the hospital. At the hospital many adventures await the young, courageous girl. She steals plaster for a cast, helps a nurse and meets a mysterious boy. Maybe this visit to the hospital will bring something good after all.
Children’s and teenagers’ books by Anna Woltz have been translated into a number of other languages including Danish, English, Hungarian, Japanese, and Norwegian. Her most recent novel, Alaska is selected for the new brochure Children’s Books From Holland, that will be presented by the Dutch Foundation for Literature at the book fair in Bologna.
Andrea Kluitmann translates Dutch novels and children’s literature as well as graphic novels. She lives and works in the Netherlands.