Agave Kruijssen

Linguist Agave Kruijssen (b. 1959) is a modern troubadour, retelling literary works from the Middle Ages in a way that appeals to children: high on excitement and low on waffle. She makes Dutch and European history accessible for children who are in the top years of primary school. Her series now includes ten titles, including De Vliegende Hollander, Lancelot and Walewein. In 2001, she won a Vlag en Wimpel award from the Griffeljury gave an honourable mention to Het vrouwtje van Stavoren.

Free Fall

Free Fall

(De Fontein, 2005, 80 pages)

Stories about knights always go down well with children. But it’s trickier to tell a medieval religious story about a saint’s life in such a way that it becomes exciting and understandable for a young audience of today. Agave Kruijssen succeeds marvellously in doing just this in Vrije val (‘Free Fall’).

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