Noëlla Elpers (b. 1959) learned to ‘travel in her head’ at an early age. Her father came from a family of storytellers, and her mother introduced her to many books. Elpers made her breakthrough with her historical fiction for young adults. Critics praise her deep emotional empathy for her characters, her convincing characterisation and her true-to-life dialogue. Dolores! is the highpoint of her career so far, winning her the Thea Beckman prize, Boekenleeuw and Kleine Cervantes. Elpers has meanwhile published almost a dozen books for children and young adults.
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