Juvenile fiction

price:USD 14,95
edition:hardcover, 112 pages

author: Margriet Hogeweg

The God of Grandma Forever

Ninety-three-year-old Grandma Forever has not always lived with Maria and her parents. Before she came, the attic had more or less belonged to Maria. She and her friend Jacob had played there for hours. Maria had often gone there alone to think and to clear her head. So when her grandmother moves in, Maria is very disappointed. Aside from taking up Maria’s precious private space, Grandma Forever is not always nice to her granddaughter. She’s a cranky old lady with an eccentric streak and hypochondriacal tendencies. Nonetheless, Maria grows to love her and her Bible stories; she even tries to listen in on Grandma’s religious radio programs. When Grandma Forever dies after a few months, Maria discovers that she misses her grandma very much, and she finally comes to terms with their differences — and similarities

Translated by Nancy Forest-Flier.


"This Dutch import features a fiesty tone and a brash reality that makes it quite different from American contemporary stories.... Unusual fare, with some interesting discussions of death and God to fatten up the story even more."

"The child's strength, her indomitable spirit, and her independence in finding her own resolution to losing her grandmother are the striking aspects of the novel. The quirky grandmother is real enough also.... This is a worthy, well translated effort that has engaging characters."
-School Library Journal

"Maria's voice is fresh and her story an original one about friendship and faith"
-Horn Book Guide

"The God of Grandma Forever is a moving novel that shows how remarkable and rewarding even the more tentative friendship can be. It is also a daring one, in its willingness to openly ponder questions of faith and doubt."
-Riverbank Review

"[T]he fluent translation conveys the slightly skewed universe of an imaginative but naive preteen with great insight and dexterity.... [T]here is somthing delicately and deliciously gothic about this subtle tale that should appeal to discerning middle school readers."
-Voice of Youth Advocate

"The stylistically unadorned text is reminiscent of Swedish author Maria Gripe (Julia's House, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 3/75) in its blunt honesty. Grandma and Maria are drawn in bold lines, and readers will find them memorable."
-Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"The novel's lingering power ... comes from Hogeweg's mastery in showing how young Maria comes to accept and truly love her Grandma, including her odd -sometimes even disgusting -attributes."
-NAPRA Review, PA