Isabel Hoving

Isabel Hoving (b. 1955) followed the Art Academy and was a teacher for many years before she decided to study Literature in Amsterdam. She is an academic and a lecturer at the University of Leiden. Hoving’s first book The Dream Merchant was a runaway success in the Netherlands and won the 2003 Golden Kiss-award, a prestigious young adult book prize.

The dream merchant

The dream merchant

(Querido Kind, 2002, 511 pages)

Hoving’s first book, The Dream Merchant, is an epic fantasy adventure. Josh Cope is a bit of a dreamer, who occasionally steals things. Otherwise he’s just an average boy. So why does an international corporation call him in the middle of the night, insisting that he come and work for them? Why are they so convinced that Josh is the key to conquering a new market – the Past?

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