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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Song of Seven (The)
by Tonke Dragt
Age Range: 12+
At the end of each day, Frans Van der Steg tells his pupils a story. He’s a natural born storyteller and his tales of adventures include a haunted castle, facing the Abominable Snowman in the Himalayas, a shipwreck and a desert island, all of which he claims have really happened. One day, when he is stuck for an idea for an exciting plot, Frans says he is waiting for the arrival of a letter: this is no ordinary letter but one that contains information about a secret mission. No one is more surprised than he is when, that evening, a mysterious letter really does arrive! From this moment on he is drawn into an adventure about the Seven Ways and the House of Stairs from where he must help the young occupant, Geert-Jan, who lives with his Uncle Count Gradus Grisenstein, to discover the mysterious secret hidden in the house. How can a story begun in a classroom turn into reality?
The Song of Seven by Tonke Dragt, translated by Laura Watkinson, is a fantasy novel with a difference. An engaging adventure with many twists and turns; a story where reality becomes blurred, a clever mix of the ordinary with the magical. It’s a true quest with an unlikely hero and a cast of strong, quirky characters such as Miss Rosemary, Jan Toorelore, Mr Thomtidom, Roberto or the Biker boy and a black cat named Ivan. Dragt has also created charming pen-and-ink illustrations to accompany the story.
Readers will surely enjoy this latest offering from one of the Netherland’s best writers for children. Dragt is an international bestselling writer who has sold over one million copies of The Letter for the King and The Secrets of the Wild Wood.