Mara Schindler was born in 1982 and studied German in Rostock. She has since dedicated herself to living her life to the full and finding ways of describing it using words and hands, an adventure that has brought her to some very remote places.
KREMPE, KOTTEK AND THE THING WITH MRS SCHULZ
Krempe lives with her granddad Kottek in the former railway station at the end of the road. The villagers all know one another, everyone’s ready to lend a helping hand. When Kottek starts acting strangely and keeps forgetting things, everyone tries to act as though nothing’s amiss while helping Krempe as much as they can. If only there wasn’t Mrs Schulz to deal with, the woman from youth services, who takes every opportunity she can to sneak into their house. When Granddad Kottek’s condition becomes known, Krempe is to be taken into care at a children’s home. Krempe is desperate not to go! Then an elderly gentleman turns up who says he knows Kottek well; the two men seem to be linked by a secret. Can he help Krempe out of her seemingly hopeless situation?
A story about a grandfather and his granddaughter, with a realistic ending infused with plenty of local colour, lovingly and cheerily packaged by the author.
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