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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...
The Song of Seven by Tonke Dragt
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
A spellbinding tale that will appeal to the young and old The Lady
|Publication date:||5th October 2017|
|Publisher:||Pushkin Children's Books|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 2|
Tonke Dragt was born in Jakarta in 1930 and spent most of her childhood in Indonesia. When she was twelve, she was interned in a camp run by the Japanese occupiers, where she wrote (with a friend) her very first book using begged and borrowed paper. Her family moved to the Netherlands after the war and, after studying at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, Dragt became an art teacher. She published her first book in 1961, followed a year later by The Letter for the King, which won the Children's Book of the Year award and has been translated ...More About Tonke Dragt