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Hester Velmans

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I make my living translating modern novels (French, Dutch into English), but my real love is reserved for writing my own brand of fiction. I have two books for children out: Isabel of the Whales (Delacorte/Yearling) and the recent follow-up, Jessaloup's Song (vanHorton). I also read everything I can get my hands on. I live in Western Massachusetts with my husband Peter, my dog Ruby and a few thousand bees.
Oh, and I have a website I hope you'll visit: http://www.Hestervelmans.com.

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Isabel of the Whales

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I loved this collection of delicate, enigmatic short stories. Each in its own way is deceptively simple, but but read carefully or you'll miss the subtle wit and exquisite telling details. Most of all, I was charmed by Morse's gang of quirky protagon ...more
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Isabel of the Whales by Hester Velmans
"To call this book strong, poetic, or uplifting feels right. That is why I rated this book five stars. The main character Isabel is the girl that loves the ocean and so do I, so it really gave me a connection with her and the book. Also, Isabel is..." Read more of this review »
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I so badly wish I read this when I was younger; it would have been one of those books that moved me and I would forever love. It's a very cute and moving story. The author also does a great job of making you feel even more sympathetic towards..." Read more of this review »
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"I'm a teen fiction person. I actually picked this book up in 4th grade I think a couple years ago. But I remember feeling warm and happy when it was over, and wanting it to have a sequel. It's an amazing children's book which every child should re..." Read more of this review »
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The astounding opening lines of Linda Boström Knausgård’s The Helios Disaster ( “I am born of a father. I split his head.”) plunges you into a riveting enigma of a tale. Who are these people? The twelve-year-old girl is born wearing a suit of shining ...more
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Hester Thanks, Sed! I hope you'll like the sequel (Jessaloup's Song) too...


Hester Sed wrote: "Hi! Isabel of the Whales is one of my favorite books of all time! It is amazing and full of action. I have recommended it to all of my friends. I have gotten most them to read it, and they love it..."


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Sed Hi! Isabel of the Whales is one of my favorite books of all time! It is amazing and full of action. I have recommended it to all of my friends. I have gotten most them to read it, and they love it as well! Thanks for a great read!


Hester Alison wrote: "Hey! I just wanted to say that Isabel of the Whales was (and still is) one of my favorite books when I was little. I will be sure to read the sequel!"

I hope you'll like it!! Isabel too is older now...
All best,
Hester


Alison Hey! I just wanted to say that Isabel of the Whales was (and still is) one of my favorite books when I was little. I will be sure to read the sequel!


Jessica Hey Hester, thanks for the heads up! Will definitely check out the 2nd book :) Cheers!


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