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The Secrets of the Wild Wood (Winter Edition)

Written by Tonke Dragt

Illustrated by Tonke Dragt

Adventure Stories Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers

LoveReading View on The Secrets of the Wild Wood (Winter Edition)

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 and published it to huge acclaim, the story of young squire Tiuri’s trials as he sets about carrying out the final wishes of a dying man captured the hearts of readers in the UK. Now comes the sequel, and some may think it even more thrilling than the original. Tiuri, now a knight, has another mission: he will go into the Wild Wood to search for one of the King’s knights who has gone missing. There are lots of rumours about the Wild Wood, about robbers, woodland spirits, Men in Green, but Tiuri’s adventures will be stranger still.  Not many books are genuinely spellbinding, this one is.

Andrea Reece

Other Info

A Piece of Passion from Adam Freudenheim, Publisher of Pushkin Children’s Books   I was thrilled and proud by the amazing response we had to the first book we published by Tonke Dragt, The Letter for the King. We have since had countless children and teachers writing to us, asking when the next book is coming out. Well – here it is at last. And what a book it is! I really believe The Secrets of the Wild Wood is even better than The Letter for the King. Tiuri is older, and the plot is darker, more complex – and even more gripping. But it still retains that grand atmosphere of mystery and suspense that drew so many children (and their parents) to the world of knights and squires, and to the dark secrets of the Wild Woods…

The Secrets of the Wild Wood (Winter Edition) Synopsis

One of the King's most trusted knights has vanished in the snow, so young Sir Tiuri and his best friend Piak must journey into the shadowy heart of the forest to find him.The Wild Wood is a place of mysteries, rumours and whispered tales. A place of lost cities, ancient curses, robbers, princesses and Men in Green.As the darkness surrounds him and reports grow of secret plots and ruthless enemies, Tiuri finds himself alone and fighting for survival - caught in a world where good and evil wear the same face, and the wrong move could cost him his life...

This gripping, spellbinding sequel to The Letter for the King sees a hero facing his greatest test, surrounded by darkness in a world where good and evil wear the same face, and the wrong move could cost his life - but where help comes from the unlikeliest of places.

The Secrets of the Wild Wood (Winter Edition) Reader Reviews

A small number of our Lovereading4kids reader review panel members were lucky enough to be invited to review the first in this series, The Letter for the King. You can read their full reviews here.

  • Freddie, age 8 - 'I loved this book because it is really exciting and has lots of adventures.'
  • Amie Coffman, age 9 - 'An intense and exciting, albeit very long book which is vastly different from anything I have read before!  Don't let the length of this book put you off...It is exciting from the first page.'
  • Traviss Chaytors, age 10 - 'Thrilling book and a must read for everyone capable of reading!'
  • Mukunth Kowsik, age 11 - 'A fantastic book full of courage and bravery that Hobbit fans would really love to read, with loads of action and suspense.'
  • Liberty Annison, age 11 - 'The Letter for the King is a breathtaking book and it draws you in with a fabulous start, an even better middle and a spectacular end.'
  • Dylan Sweet, age 10 - ' I think this brilliant book is an inspiration to readers who have a good sense of adventure.'
  • Ellen Faulkner, age 12 - 'The Letter For The King is a gripping story about a young boy, soon to be knighted, who runs off to deliver a letter to the King across the great mountains. He must not trust anyone. I love this book.'
  • Robert White, age 10 - 'The Letter for the King is a gripping, fast paced, difficult to put down classic adventure set in medieval times.  I loved it!'
  • Avanish, age 9 - 'The book is full of action, adventure and a hint of mystery. If you love books that are adventurous but slow paced then this is the book for you. It’s not an ordinary quest, it’s different in a good way.'   

The Secrets of the Wild Wood (Winter Edition) Press Reviews

Action-packed drama Daily Mail

Thrilling Metro

Fans will be delighted... The Secrets of the Wild Wood... takes Tiuri back into the perilous wood, forefronts some of the female characters and offers intrigue, action and escapism -- Nicolette Jones Sunday Times, Children's Books of the Year

Adventures of the classic kind await in The Secrets of the Wild Wood, the sequel to The Letter for the King, Tonke Dragt's unmissable Arthurian-inflected tale Telegraph, Books of the Year

A spellbinding tale that will appeal to the young and old The Lady Remarkable... rich in colour, action and verbal virtuosity... Between the pages are all the essential and traditional ingredients of a timeless and heroic tale with its motifs of friendship, love, courage, loyalty, chivalry... and vile villainy Lancashire Evening Post

Tiuri's adventures take a supernatural turn as he travels through the wild wood on the trail of a missing knight. It is a place of lost cities, robbers, unreliable princesses and mysterious men in green, all posing challenges to the intrepid hero. [This book] deserves readers of all ages Sunday Express

Not many books are genuinely spellbinding, this one is Lovereading4Kids

Gripping, spell-binding sequel Gransnet For those stay-in and curl-up days Jewish Chronicle

A truly unique fantasy classic that I am thrilled will now reach a whole new audience with its excellent English translation Page to Stage

A fascinating and absorbing read that opens up a window into another world... A terrific story of love and courage in the face of change and adversity as well as a gripping fantasy read South China Morning Post

The Letter for the King received international recognition with over a million copies sold worldwide. Readers are sure to find this sequel, expertly translated by Laura Watkinson, equally as gripping and enthralling Outside in World

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781782691952
Publication date: 05/10/2017
Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782691952
Publication date: 5th October 2017
Author: Tonke Dragt
Illustrator: Tonke Dragt
Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 480 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: Reviewed by Children

About 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 ...

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