Ciske the Rat
Journalist Piet Bakker (1897-1960) became famous with his Ciske-trilogy, in which his narrative talent and social commitment were clearly noticed. The trilogy has been translated into many languages and has been staged as a film and a musical more than once. The books are mainly set in the 1930’s in Amsterdam and gives a wonderful description of life in that era and place. But more than that it is the universal, touching, story of a wayward young boy who needs only kindness and understanding to turn into a good man.