Veronica Hazelhoff (1947-2009) started writing at an early age, but her first children’s story was not published until 1980. This was followed by a steady stream of successful short stories and books for children and young adults. Her down-to-earth style and unique protagonists earned her many enthusiastic readers and a number of awards. Her very first novel, Nou moe! (Come on mom!, 1981), was a hit, winning a Zilveren Griffel and a prize for the year’s best- selling debut. She went on to win a Gouden Griffel, the prize for the best children’s book of the year, for Auww! in 1984, and a Zilveren Griffel for Visit from Mister P. Later, Veren (Feathers, 1994) also won her a Zilveren Griffel and the prestigious Nienke van Hichtum Prize.