Lemniscaat Fiction Books

Lemniscaat, founded in 1963, is a small, independent publishing house, specializing in quality picture books and juvenile novels.

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The Castrato

Joyce Pool

A sizzling young adult novel about passion, music and lust in the Italian Renaissance

De castraat

I was taken away from my sister and aunt Mariana Ignatia to be killed.
What had I done that made me earn this terrible fate?
My head throbbed and from my groin a burning pain scorched my abdomen and thighs. I did not know that it was possible to feel pain in heaven. Wasn't everything supposed to be beautiful and gentle and fine?
Apparently not.
Another sharp sting. I cringed. I put my hands on my stomach. Then lower. To the side of my crotch. I felt a bulge.
Gently, I slid my hands over the bulge. What was it? A piece of cloth? I touched it, wiggled my fingers underneath.
The stuck fabric tore loose from my leg and I almost cried out. Thank God I was able to keep quiet. Did one ever scream in heaven ...?

Angelo wakes up in a nightmare.
It looked like his dream had come true: even though he is born as a tanner's son, he is chosen to follow vocal training at the Conservatory in Florence. But what he did not know, was that he would be emasculated.

The setting is Italy, around 1700. A time when the well-off in society bathed in luxury, immersed in gold brocade and burgundy silk, in sumptuous meals and great music. These are the times a beautiful boy's voice is deemed invaluable and people went as far as they could to maintain it that way. This is the era of the castrati.

What one has done to Angelo, is irreversible. His voice will never change. He will never have children. He will never get married.
But Angelo grows into a young man with needs and desires as every other. He knows that he's leading the life of the priviliged. He also knows that he is worth very much to the conservatory: he is the best singer they have. But is this the life he will choose to lead forever?
There seems a way out, when Prince Ferdinando De 'Medici notices him.

Angelo has to make an impossible choice ...

The castrato is a compelling, exciting, delightful novel that begs to be turned into a movie.


Ilse Bos & Linde Faas

A pretty bunch of children that will get a special place in your heart, created by an unprecedented writing talent.

TroepThey are thirteen: Pola - who tells the story - Vanya, Vladimir, Wally, Aznar, Knut, Wolke, Mo, Hidde, Nillem, Trijn and the twins Flip and Trijntje.
A jumble of children from all over the place, who live together, chaoticly but comfortably, on a houseboat, while their mother is away (she is traveling the world, looking for the love of her life).
But their pleasant life is threatened by Ms Bitches of the Agency for Protection of Children, who wants to take the children away, to offer them a Safe and Happy Home. As if that's not enough, strange things begin to happen . . .

We turned the corner, towards the schoolyard. We walked quickly, as always, because we were late, as always.
Suddenly I came to a halt. So abrupt that Vanya, who was right behind me, ran into my back.
There was no schoolyard around the corner.
The schoolyard was gone.
The only thing left was a hole. A large, deep hole with brown water on the bottom and chipped tiles along the edges.

This is just the beginning. The thirteen children soon find themselves in the midst of a whirlwind of miraculous events - recurrent fathers, searches for a new berth, and meetings with the Accidentals . . .


The Big Book of Robin

Sjoerd Kuyper & Marije Tolman

De grote Robin

All prize-winning Robin stories in a single, magnificent full-colour edition

Who doesn't know Robin, Sjoerd Kuyper's wonderful five-year-old? Here we have an omnibus of all prizewinning Robin tales.

Robin and Suze: winner of the Silver Pen. Robin's mother has a big tummy. Robin guesses rightly: he is going to have a little brother or sister.

Robin and God: winner of the Golden Pen. Robin is sure God lives in a star he sees in the sky. But his parents do not believe in God. Grandfather does, and so Robin asks his grandfather who God is.

Robin in love: winner of the Silver Pen. Robin is in love, with his teacher, with the girl next door, with his greatgrandma, and, as it turns out, with all the girls in the world.

Marije Tolman - awarded the BRAW in 2010 and the Golden Slate Pencil for The Treehouse - had the honour of giving Robin a new face in Robin and the Shooting Star, and here again, she's wonderfully illustrated this special omnibus.

De grote Robin

Flea and Spikey

Pieter Koolwijk
Illustrated by Linde Faas

Vlo en StiekelAn exciting and surprising debut middle grade novel where you can never be sure what is real and what is fantasy.

Meet Floyd, otherwise known as Flea. He's not so brave, rather small, and constantly being hassled by Arnold the bully. His life isn't very exciting until a new student joins his class. A petite girl with colorful clothes.

With a broad grin on her freckled face she surveyed the classroom. Her eyes twinkled. All the prying eyes and gaping mouths didn't seem to bother her at all. On the contrary, she seemed to enjoy all the attention. ‘This is Phoebe,' said Mrs. Jutter, introducing her. The girl looked up at the teacher ... ‘But most people call me Spikey.'

Spikey is not afraid of anything. She isn't even afraid of Arnold, and she takes Floyd under her wing. Slowly but surely Floyd discovers that life isn't as ordinary as he thought. Spikey shares a big secret with him and Arnold turns out to have a voodoo mother. When Arnold discovers that Floyd knows, Floyd lands in big trouble. How will Flea and Spikey escape the wrath of Arnold and the machinations of his mother? And how will Floyd come to terms with his pesty nickname?

With plenty of humor, Peter Koolwijk introduces the reader to the world of Flea and Spikey where the boundaries between reality and fantasy blur. Linde Faas gives Spikey - the girl everyone wants to be friends with - her cheerful and unique form.

Spikey is the spiritual sister of Pippi Longstocking.

Vlo en Stiekel

Bert and Bart and the Zombie Army

Tjibbe Veldkamp & Kees de Boer

A new nonsensical and hilarious Bert and Bart-adventure

Bert and Bart are fond of reading, in particular Zombie Comics. They spent all their days reading, until their mother Viola Butterfly interferes. She wishes Bert en Bart to become more sporty, and has hired a specialized ‘Brain Squeezer' who abruptly takes away their comics. Poor boys - only a victory in a series of ridicule competitions can get their comics back. But they don't succeed, and Bert en Bart realize they need stronger measurements to conquer this Brain Squeezer. They come up with a plan only Zombie Comics fanatics can come up with. Will they be able to save their Comics ánd humanity?

Funny and swift with full color illustrations by Kees de Boer.

A book children will fall in love with!

Bert en Bart en de zoen van de zombie


Eva Moraal

A breath taking page turner: a dystopian novel, a love story - a dream debut!

This dramatic love story is set after the Great Flood when the country is divided between the safe, dry areas and those vulnerable to further flooding. The country's population is similarly divided, with the Dry forming the wealthy elite, and the Wet the working class scratching a living in order to survive. A resistance movement arises from the Wet.

Nina is a Dry, the daughter of the Governor. In the last flood, her school was inundated and her sister drowned, and she is now forced to go to another school in the Wet area, under a false name. There she meets Max, a Wet. They're asked to do a joint assignment.

At first suspicious, they soon become fascinated by each other's worlds and start to become friends. But their situation is complex: Max's father died during the last flood, and the Governor played a questionable role in this, and Max's brother is a member of the rather violent resistance movement. What will happen when Max finds out who Nina really is?

The book rises to a climax, through alternating chapters, one from Max's viewpoint and the next from Nina's.

Torrent is a book to read in one fell swoop. You will not be able to put it down, and once finished, it will resound in your mind, make you think, make you wish for more. A terrific debut from a promising writer.


Ring Around the Rosie

Anna van Praag

Sita and Lot are two Dutch girls, fully naturalized in the Spanish village where Lot's father has a restaurant and Sita's parents run a yoga retreat. For years Sita and Lot have been bosom friends and soul mates.

As they grow older, their friendship becomes more complicated. Lot still loves to disappear into her fantasy elf world, while Sita is exploring other aspects of life. Even though she tries, Lot doesn't understand her best friend any more, and she feels abandoned. To make matters worse, the dream of a long and happy life in Spain splinters when Sita's parents decide to move back to the Netherlands and Lot's parents' marriage breaks. Lot's father stays in Spain, while the others all return to the Netherlands.

Lot has to build a new life with her mother. And she discovers Sita has been keeping a big secret from her...

Kom hier Rosa

High above the clouds

Dream debut by Carolien Ceton

Loosje is not having an easy time at home; sometimes her mother simply doesn't know how to be cheerful and therefore Loosje and she have trouble feeling connected. Fortunately, Loosje is not alone; she can speak to her father on an old bakelite telephone, and she can tell him just about everything. At school , at least, all is well, and Loosje has a best friend Mari, with whom she can totally be herself.

Then on her ninth birthday, Loosje's mother surprises her with a beautiful gift. Could this mark a new start? On the same day,  Loosje accidentally breaks the precious telephone. How can she be in contact with her father now?

There is not a word too many in this lovely, moving tale, one that will remain with the reader for some time.

Hoog boven de wolken

The keeper of the key

Marco Kunst

The small kingdom of Myr is in the grip of fear. A paralyzing vetch grows rampant, and in the water a monster lurks. The monster Gruwel strikes with full vehemence.

Timeo grew up in the forest. He longs for the day when he can enter the old city and share the company of knights and noblemen... but he knows that's impossible. His parents have fled the city, because the king wanted them killed. Nobody must know where they are.

But that all changes when Gruwel advances upon the city. Only Timeo can save Myr. He must bring the king the key which has been in the possession of his family for decades... handed down from father to son. And that's just the beginning of his adventures...

The Keeper of the Key is an epic story in the best of traditions. Timeo is a similar character to Tiuri from The Letter for the King and Frodo from The Lord of the Rings.

De sleuteldrager

My Name Is Olivia ... And I Can't Do Anything About It

Jowi Schmitz

How do you cope with the loss of your mother, while your father is jolted as well? With wit, courage, humor and improvising.

Olivia is ten years old. The major problem in her life is that her mother died. The second major problem is that her father doesn't really know what to do ...
Olivia and her father live on a small boat in the garden of a barbershop. Temporarily, says her dad. But how long is temporarily? And how do you get away from a boat in a garden with a father who doesn't know what to do, without a mother, but with lots of memories of how life was before?

Smart for her age and vulnerable, brave and funny - Olivia will steal your heart.

Ik heet Olivia en daar kan ik ook niks aan doen

Love, Love and More Love

Mariken Jongman

It's about time for 'The First Time'... don't you agree?

In Love, Love and More Love Kiek decides that she wants to make love to a boy for the first time. She even makes a bet with her best friend about it. But what's the plan? How do you go about doing 'it' for the first time? On top of this attempt she has to deal with a father who is insecure about his lifestyle, not being a rock star anymore. And as if Kiek hasn't got enough on her mind already the boy she really has a crush on, falls for her mother?!

Step in the roller coaster that symbolizes Kiek's life.

Again Mariken Jongman succeeded in stealing all reader's hearts.

Liefde, liefde, nog eens liefde


Mariken Jongman

New title by Mariken Jongman, following her earlier novel Rits. The familiar theme of a girl in search of her natural father is taken here to a deeper level and involves several kinds of relationships. In a true-to-life story, 14-year-old Kiek Florijn, rebellious, enterprising yet vulnerable, starts looking for her unknown father. All she knows is that he used to play bass in a band. As her quest continues she unravels more than she had hoped for.

'Right from the start Jongman creates that special condition all successful youth novels have in common: you get caught up in a bubble which swells so greatly that you no longer want to leave it. Her style is smooth; she weaves her sentences into a novel with incredible ease.'

From: De Volkskrant, 30-10-2009, Pjotr van Lenteren


Tiffany Grace

A gripping and utterly original teenage portrait written by 'new voice' Tjibbe Veldkamp.

Tough girl Tiffany lives in a rough district and in raw reality with her single mother who is entirely bound up in herself and her two half-brothers who seem unable to stay out of trouble. She is miserable at home until one day she holds a baby and is startled by  feelings of love and tenderness. She decides that she wants to hold on to that feeling, no matter what. In the course of the adventure she then gets mixed up in she realizes that extreme measures are sometimes needed to achieve what you wish for.

Tjibbe Veldkamp's short, spare sentences match Tiffany's personality perfectly. He is able to empathise with his characters with absurd humour and quirkiness. His style is powerful, authentic, fluent and expressive.

Tiffany Dop

It's A Wonderful Life

Jesse Goossens

A captivating coming-of-age story

 A movie can be like life itself. And sometimes, life can be just like a movie.

What a pity excuse for a holiday! While her friends party in Europe, Anna - a Dutch seventeen year old - is sent to her uncle who lives in a tiny town in Pennsylvania. Bakerton: two streets, a church, a diner, two undertakers and a steam engine that spills out a bunch of tourists on a daily basis.

Anna feels betrayed.
How was she to know that she would feel at home in Bakerton?
That she would meet the most intriguing people?
That she would spend her holiday wearing vintage dresses selling antiques, and learn about funeral rituals?
If only she knew that she would learn about life this summer... and a little more about herself as well...

"Interesting characters abound, all thoughtfully, believably sketched ... A slowly paced, heartfelt coming-of-age tale that effectively, albeit placidly explores life-and death-in small-town America."

It's A Wonderful Life


Tjibbe Veldkamp

Prize-winning novel by new voice Tjibbe Veldkamp about dealing with the loss of a loved one, showing the effects of grief on a person. Veldkamp puts a biazarre family situation into perspective in a matter-of-fact way and with humour.

Bas is getting tired of his father who keeps trying to make contact with his late wife Anna. Caught up in his personal grief, he unintentionally neglects his sons. When Bas receives a text message on his mobile one night from 'anna', his father is more convinced than ever that he has succeeded in contacting her. Bas decides to find out who sent the message. In the process he learns that grief can change a person, himself included. Eventually his father comes back down to earth, realising that he has two sons who need his attention.