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The Goldsmith and the Master Thief

Written by Tonke Dragt

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

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Glorious tales of twin brothers who take different paths in life but are always drawn back together by love and loyalty

Translated by the award winning Laura Watkinson

Available for the first time in the UK, this new translation is a real treat for fans of the breakout sensation Letters For the King,  which brought the multimillion bestselling  Dutch author Tonke Dragt to the attention of a UK audience for the first time and which then went on to win Children’s Book of the Year. Since then translator Laura Watkinson has continued her mission to bring us more of the award-winning author’s books. Written as twelve tales, the story of identical twins Laurenzo and  Joacomo is perfectly suited to reading and sharing over the twelve days of Christmas! Each tale is a complete and satisfying adventure set in the wonderful fictional medieval world created so vividly in the Dragt books. The boys may be so identical that they can take turns to go to school, but they have very different talents and temperaments. Hard-working Laurenzo wants to make beautiful things and becomes a goldsmith; Jiacomo loves travel and adventure and in one tale is tempted to use his wiles to become an excellent thief. Although he gives up the immoral life, his skills come in very useful as from a case of mistaken identity involving the Knight of the Red Rose to the pursuit of the precious silver cups of Talamura, the brothers find themselves caught up in wild adventures that require all of their combined wisdom and cunning. A highly satisfying and totally absorbing read with prose that would be a joy to read aloud in class too.

Joy Court

The Goldsmith and the Master Thief Synopsis

Laurenzo and Jiacomo are identical twins, as alike as two drops of water. No one can tell them apart (which comes in very handy for playing tricks on their teachers). And no one can split them up. But when tragedy strikes their carefree young lives, they must make their own way in the world. As each brother chooses his own path - hardworking Laurenzo to make beautiful objects from gold and silver, and fearless Jiacomo to travel, explore and become an unlikely thief - it is the start of a series of incredible escapades that will test them to their limits.

Along the way they will face terrible danger, solve cunning riddles, become prisoners in a castle, sail across the ocean, fall in and out of love, stay at an enchanted inn, help save a priceless pearl, even become kings by mistake. They must use all their talents, wiles and wisdom to survive. Are you ready to join them?

The Goldsmith and the Master Thief Press Reviews

Captivating and beautifully written - Angels and Urchins

Praise for The Letter for the King;

Gripping from its opening moment onwards, this award-winning book doesn't miss a beat from its thrilling beginning to its satisfying ending -- Julia Eccleshare

A charming story told simply and captivatingly... the first English translation of a classic of European children's literature which ... deserves to be richly treasured Booktrust

The plot is central, and extremely gripping, but the writing also delivers lovely detail and evocative description Guardian Children's Books

The Letter for the King will get pulses racing... Pushkin Press deserves every praise for publishing this beautifully translated, well-presented and captivating book -- Amanda Craig The Times


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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781782692485
Publication date: 05/11/2020
Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781782692461
Publication date: 07/11/2019
Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782692461
Publication date: 7th November 2019
Author: Tonke Dragt
Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 416 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical

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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