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.
A cracking adventure... so nail-biting you'll need to wear protective gloves The Times The book itself is like a song, or incantation; a wandering, winding ballad with occasional joyous percussion, to the spell of which the reader can't help but succumb Guardian A magical, strange, gripping tale Spectator Compelling... Dragt maintains pace and suspense as Frans stumbles from one challenge to the next, with the author's own black and white vignettes adding just the right aura of foreboding. Adventure stories of this calibre are a rarity; this one will delight those who are already Dragt fans or serve as an excellent introduction to the two longer novels The School Librarian 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 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 An extremely cleverly constructed story NBD Biblion A fantastic story, exciting and mysterious Chicklit.nl A riveting story The Bay An engaging adventure with many twists and turns; a story where reality becomes blurred, a clever mix of the ordinary with the magical... Readers will surely enjoy this latest offering from one of the Netherland's best writers for childrenn Outside in World 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) 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 .