Simon van der Geest is one of the most prominent Dutch writers of children’s books. His second title, Dissus (2010), a free adaptation of The Odyssey was awarded one of the most important Dutch children’s book prizes, the Gouden Griffel. Spinder (2012), his third title, won him the same prize again. His latest book Spijkerzwijgen [Nail Silence] (2015) was also very well received. Van der Geest also writes poems and plays. His books have been translated into five languages.
Thienemann-Esslinger Verlag, 2016
Translated by Mirjam Pressler
Original title: Spinder (Querido, 2012)
Something terrible has happened in the basement beneath the house where Hidde and his big brother Jeppe live. That’s why they keep the cellar secret, even from their mum. The two boys agree that Hidde can use the basement for his secret insect laboratory. But one day, Jeppe lays claim to the basement. It’s the perfect place for his drum kit. Hidde refuses to give it up. The argument between the two brothers gets completely out of hand and, in desperation, Hidde uses his ultimate weapon: he threatens to reveal the secret.