Author(s): Tonke Dragt
'We have secrets to unravel and mysteries to solve...'Deep in the woods, in a crooked house full of stairs, a young boy is kept prisoner by his uncle. He cannot meet other children, or have any friends. He holds the key to a secret.Meanwhile, in a quiet village, Frans the schoolteacher invents incredible stories of perilous deeds, shipwrecks, desert islands, and haunted castles to entertain his pupils, in which he is the hero. Then one stormy evening, a mysterious letter blows onto his doormat, summoning him to a meeting.Suddenly, Frans is on a real-life mission, one in which he will encounter magicians, secret passages, conspiracies, hidden treasure, a black cat with green eyes and a sealed parchment which predicts the future.He will learn the secret of the Seven Ways.He will find seven allies.And he will make a fearsome enemy.The adventure has begun...
A cracking adventure... so nail-biting you'll need to wear protective gloves The Times A magical, strange, gripping tale Spectator Draws the reader seductively along its spiralling paths... the language... is beautifully lucid, with a clear sense of playfulness and urgency... a wandering, winding ballad with occasional joyous percussion, to the spell of which the reader can't help but succumb Guardian A lovely present for a young person from 10 upwards and beyond to grown-ups who will be as enchanted as I was! Reading Zone Brilliant imaginative storytelling. It is full of eccentric characters and mystery, with a slight touch of humour. The Song of Seven is sure to go down as a classic in children's literature. It's only a shame it wasn't translated into English sooner BookTrust A fantastic new book from a legendary writer... gloriously written with tons of plot twists and turns, and a barrel-load of excitement Read it Daddy (blog) An extremely cleverly constructed story NBD Biblion A fantastic story, exciting and mysterious Chicklit.nl The Song of Seven is an engaging adventure which twists and turns... The Song of Seven offers a challenging read for those who enjoy something a little different North Somerset Teachers' Book Award A riveting story The Bay Praise for The Letter for the King: A Sunday Times, Metro and Times Book of the Year; 'A true page-turner' Sunday Times; 'Thrilling' Daily Telegraph; 'A pulse-pounding epic' Metro; 'Spellbinding' Financial Times; 'A cracker' Spectator. Praise for The Secrets of the Wild Wood: A Daily Telegraph and Sunday Times Book of the Year; 'Action-packed drama' Daily Mail; 'Thrilling' Metro; 'A spellbinding tale that will appeal to the young and old' The Lady .
Tonke Dragt was born in 1930 in Indonesia. When she was twelve, she was imprisoned in a Japanese camp during the war, where she wrote her very first book using begged and borrowed paper. After the war, she and her family moved to the Netherlands, where she became an art teacher. In 1962 she published her most famous story, The Letter for the King, which won the Children's Book of the Year Award and has been translated into sixteen languages; its sequel, The Secrets of the Wild Wood, followed in 1965, and both are published by Pushkin Press. Dragt was awarded the State Prize for Youth Literature in 1976 and was knighted in 2001.