The Song of Seven by Tonke Dragt

The Song of Seven

Written by Tonke Dragt
Illustrated by Tonke Dragt

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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

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

A pulse-pounding epic Metro

A cracker Spectator

Praise for The Secrets of the Wild Wood: A Daily Telegraph and Sunday Times Book of the Year

Thrilling Metro

A spellbinding tale that will appeal to the young and old The Lady

About the Author

Tonke Dragt

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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352 pages


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Pushkin Children's Books

Publication date

5th October 2017




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Pushkin Children's Books is an imprint of Pushkin Children's Books


Pushkin Children's Books was launched in 2013 to share tales from different languages and cultures with younger readers, and to open the door to the wide, colourful worlds these stories offer. From picture books and adventure stories to fairy tales and classics, and from fifty-year-old bestsellers to current huge successes abroad, the books on the Pushkin Childrens list reflect the very best stories from around the world, for our most discerning readers of all: children. Twitter @PushkinPress

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