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The Boy Between Worlds: A Biography by [van der Zijl, Annejet]
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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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From the Amazon Charts bestselling author of An American Princess comes the true story of an unconventional family divided by war and prejudice during WWII.

When they fell in love in 1928, Rika and Waldemar could not have been more different. She was a thirty-seven-year-old Dutch-born mother, estranged from her husband. He was her immigrant boarder, not yet twenty, and a wealthy Surinamese descendant of slaves. The child they have together, brown skinned and blue eyed, brings the couple great joy yet raises some eyebrows. Until the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands explodes their promising life.

What unfolds is more than the astonishing story of a love that prevailed over convention. It’s also the quest of a young boy. Through the cruelty of World War II, he will fight for a connection between his father’s South American birthplace and his mother’s European traditions. Lost and displaced for much of his life, but with a legacy of resilience in his blood, he will struggle to find his place in the world.

Moving deftly between personal experience and the devastating machinations of war, The Boy Between Worlds is an unforgettable journey of hope, love, and courage in the face of humanity’s darkest hour.

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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 186844 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon Crossing (1 August 2019)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07D8P8DS7
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,693 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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