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Edward van de Vendel

Edward van de Vendel - foto Jota Chabel
Edward van de Vendel - foto Jota Chabel

(Leerdam, NL, 1964) writes children's and young-adult books. After attending the Pedagogical Academy he set up his own school in Heemstede, NL, before debuting with Betrap me (Catch Me), a book of children's poetry. He's been a full-time writer since 2001, with a wide-ranging body of work including poetry, young-adult novels, plays, non-fiction, songs, and texts for picture books. Van de Vendel became famous with his cheerful Superguppie children's songs about common topics, from pale swimsuit buttocks to hamburger ghosts. He doesn't shy away from heavy topics, either. In 2008 he began his Slash series, a book series based on true stories of young people, with Gelukvinder (Fortune Seeker), about a young asylum seeker from Afghanistan fleeing the Taliban. For 2015's Het kankerkampioenschap voor Junioren (The Junior Cancer Championship), he extensively interviewed a boy who learned he had cancer at age 15. Van de Vendel's works have won the Zilveren Griffel, the Gouden Zoen, and the Woutertje Pieterse prizes.


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