Former teacher, children’s author.
After graduating from a Teacher Training Academy, Mirjam Mous taught children with social and emotional problems in special education for twenty years. In addition to children’s and youth literature, she also writes stories for teaching methods and magazines. She made her debut in 1998 with Monsters mollen! (Beating Up Monsters!) and now has more than sixty titles to her name. She writes comical stories full of humour, in a language close to that of her target group. She is one of the Netherlands’ best-loved children’s authors. Her most successful books are her thrillers for 12-year-olds and older, including Boy 7, which was filmed in both the Netherlands and Germany. A number of her books have been translated, into five languages.
Arena Verlag, 2016
Translated by Verena Kiefer
Original title: Virus (Van Holkema & Warendorf, / Unieboek, 2015)
Chris, a boy who suffers from Tourette’s, is having a holiday with his cousin. They are driving through the mountains when a violent thunderstorm suddenly strikes. Then something scares the living daylights out of Chris. There is a man walking in the middle of the road! His cousin cannot avoid hitting him…
The boys panic and flee the scene of the accident. They end up in Odrin, a Spanish mountain village, which never sees the sun. The atmosphere is ominous and most of the locals are gruff and often downright threatening. Chris and his cousin want to get out of there as quickly as possible and travel further, but it seems like everyone and everything is working against them. They decide that they’d better leave in secret. But apparently the only access road has been fenced off and is being guarded by armed men. Nobody may enter or leave town because of an outbreak of a contagious virus…