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Tonke Dragt - Author

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 into sixteen languages. Dragt was awarded the State Prize for Youth Literature in 1976 and was knighted in 2001.

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The Song of Seven
Tonke Dragt
From the author of the thrilling The Letter for the King comes this new adventure featuring a grumpy coachman, a sinister uncle, eccentric ancestors, a hidden treasure, an ancient prophecy and Geert-Jan, a young boy who is being kept...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/11/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Secrets of the Wild Wood
Tonke Dragt
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has been acknowledged as a classic of Dutch literature since its publication over fifty years ago, but it took until 2013 for it to find a British publisher. Pushkin Press took it on...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Secrets of the Wild Wood
Tonke Dragt
One of our Books of the Year 2015 Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has been acknowledged as a classic of Dutch literature since its publication over fifty years ago, but it took until 2013 for it to find...
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Format: Hardback | Released 10/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Letter for the King
Tonke Dragt
Shortlisted for the Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation. Translated by Laura Watkinson Gripping from its opening moment onwards, this award-winning book that doesn't miss a beat from its thrilling beginning to its satisfying ending. Disturbed during the night...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/11/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Letter for the King
Tonke Dragt
Shortlisted for the Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation, awarded biennially since 1996, was founded to celebrate the best translation of a children's book from a foreign language into English and published in the UK. It aims to spotlight...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Letter for the King
Tonke Dragt
Gripping from its opening moment onwards, this award-winning book that doesn't miss a beat from its thrilling beginning to its satisfying ending. Disturbed during the night of contemplation before he is made a knight, sixteen-year-old Turi is handed a letter...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/11/2013
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www.tonkedragt.nl/

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