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From the Editor

There are people who enter your life through their stories and simply never leave. That’s how it’s been for me with Waldy Nods, a biracial boy born into the turbulent and hostile environment of the Netherlands during World War II.

We also meet Waldy’s parents, a divorced white woman with four older children and a young black student from Suriname, themselves deeply in love and having created a magical space for their family and the community they cultivate in the middle of the chaos around them. Love doesn’t conquer all, however, and the family’s joy and connection cannot save them from bigotry and betrayal. While young Waldy himself survives the war, he’s alone and cast adrift, struggling to find his place in a devastated world without the family that nurtured him.

And I’m certainly not alone in being touched by Waldy and his family. Author Annejet van der Zijl’s biography of the boy who lost so much during the war, a book that afterward touched millions of people in her native country, was a long-running bestseller there. It is considered a contemporary classic, topping the favorite-book charts year after year along with other classics like The Diary of Anne Frank.

But Waldy’s story is not simply one of loss—through van der Zijl’s research, the adult Waldy recovers more memories of his parents, has many questions answered, and shares their stories, earning them all a place in readers’ hearts. I hope they find a place in yours, too.

- Elizabeth DeNoma, Editor


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About the Author

Annejet van der Zijl is one of the best-known and most widely read literary nonfiction writers in the Netherlands. In addition to other works, she has written biographies of Dutch children’s author Annie M. G. Schmidt; Prince Bernhard, the husband of former Dutch queen Juliana; and Gerard Heineken, the founder of the famous beer empire. Her nonfiction has been awarded the M. J. Brusse Prize for the best work of journalism and has been nominated for the Golden Owl and the AKO Literature Prize. She is the author of An American Princess, which spent more than fifteen weeks at the top of the national bestseller list in the Netherlands and was short-listed for the Libris History Prize. In 2012, she was awarded the Golden Quill for her entire oeuvre.

About the Translator

Kristen Gehrman is from Charleston, South Carolina, and studied linguistics and literary translation at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. She now lives in The Hague, where in addition to her work as a literary translator, she teaches academic writing and translation. While translating The Boy Between Worlds, she enjoyed biking around The Hague and Scheveningen and visiting the places where Rika and Waldemar had been.


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  • File Size: 186844 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon Crossing (August 1, 2019)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2019
  • Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07D8P8DS7
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,155 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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