Author(s): Marjolijn Hof
I looked at Mona. I did not know anyone with a dead dog and a dead father. A dead dog and a dead father! That almost never happened. My mother would say that was against the odds. And it would be even more against the odds for someone to have a dead mouse, a dead dog and a dead father. Kiki's father, a doctor, is always putting himself in danger by going off to faraway war zones. No matter how much she tries to convince him not to go, Kiki can't persuade him to stay. When her father actually does go missing, and as her mother and grandmother get more and more upset, Kiki begins to feel that it's up to her to save him. A powerful, sad, yet funny book about what to do when something you've always feared becomes all too real.
'The voice and feelings of its narrator ring absolutely true' The Globe and Mail
Marjolijn Hof's first novel, Against the Odds was published to high critical acclaim, winning three major Dutch and Flemish children's book prizes - the Golden Owl Juvenile Literature Prize, the Golden Owl Young Readers' Prize and the Golden Slate Pencil.