Celebrate Tulip Festival with young adult novel exploring Dutch history. Renae Vander Schaaf will also be signing her new book A Place of Refuge during the Orange City Tulip Festival on Thursday, May 15, from 11:00 to 1:00 at Jubon Juweelen, 107 3rd Street NE, Orange City, Iowa. The store features Dutch imports, jewelry, candy, knitting and home sewing supplies and other interesting items. The author’s niece, Julianna Van Grouw, featured on the cover of the book, will also attend.
When author Renae B. Vander Schaaf learned about the unique history behind the founding of Orange City by settlers from Pella, she knew she had to share it with young people. Her book, A Place of Refuge, is a historical novel for young adults that follows thirteen-year-old Elsje Van Der Zuiden as she faces the possibility of moving away from her family farm near Pella to a new home—what she thinks of as the treeless wilderness of northwest Iowa.
For the months of April and May, anyone who purchases A Place of Refuge from the author and select bookstores will receive a free e-book, Elizabeth Celebrates the 74th Annual Tulip Festival, which explores how Tulip Time is celebrated today by Elsje’s descendents.
The book can be purchased at Touch of Hope in Sheldon, Iowa; Butler's in Sioux Center, Iowa; HyVee in Sioux Center, Iowa; Jubon Juweelen in Orange City, Iowa; Dutch Bakery in Orange City, Iowa; Woudstra Meat Market in Orange City, Iowa; from the author; and online at www.thewriteplace.biz/bookstore.
Reminiscent of Little House on the Prairie with a Dutch twist, A Place of Refuge vividly depicts the everyday life of a farm girl in Iowa in 1869, including adventures such as milking, berry picking with friends, a surprise birthday party and even becoming an aunt. Vander Schaaf has captured the uniquely Dutch feel of the time period, incorporating Dutch words, history, hymns and recipes throughout the book. Interspersed amongst the fictional characters and events are real historical figures, such as Pella's Mayor Henry Hospers, whose search for good land in Iowa finally leads them to the place of refuge that would one day become Orange City. With its historical aspects and charming narrative, A Place of Refuge will be of interest to any parent, grandparent or school teacher who wants to help young people learn more about the unique Dutch history in Iowa.