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Hendrika de Vries honored with NYC Big Book Award

That little toy war dog just keeps winning awards!

From the author:

Dear Friends,

I am thrilled to share that my memoir When a Toy Dog Became a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew was just recognized a winner in the categories of both Memoir and Young Adult Non-Fiction by the NYC Big Book Award.

Many of you have read my personal story: Nazi thugs terrorize the inhabitants of Amsterdam.  A young mother joins the Resistance and hides a Jewish girl when her husband is deported to a slave labor camp. They must endure brutal betrayal and near starvation, but a little daddy’s girl learns about moral courage and female strength and discovers the woman she wants to become. 

Reviewers have stressed its relevance for today. As we grapple with a resurgence of white supremacy, political polarization, hatred, and violence, its message of survival and resilience gives hope. We are reminded that moral courage, human kindness, and perseverance have the power to move the arc of humanity toward consciousness and unity. In the darkest times, we can discover our strongest light.

If you feel inclined to recommend or give it to a friend as a gift of hope this Holiday season, it is available in most local bookstores and, of course, on Amazon. It can now also be purchased in an audio version. And I am always available to sign your copy or send a personal note.

With love and deep gratitude for your friendship and ongoing support,

Hendrika de Vries

Author of When a Toy Dog Became a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew. . .
a memoir of resistance and resilience in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam.

Winner of the 2019 May Sarton Women’s Book Award.
Non-fiction Author Association Gold.
Winner of the 2020 Eric Hoffer First Horizon Award.
Winner of the 2020 Eric Hoffer Culture Award.

Winner of the 2019 Nautilus Award for Memoir and Personal Journey.
2020 Next Generation Indie Book Finalist in Memoirs (overcoming adversity/tragedy.
2021 Winner in Memoir and Young Adult Non-Fiction, NYC Big Book Award.

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