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The Letter for the King

The Letter for the King (Paperback, Winter Edition)

Illustrated by Dragt, Tonke
Translated by Watkinson, Laura

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A young messenger. A secret mission. A kingdom in peril. It is the dead of night. Sixteen-year-old Tiuri must spend hours locked in a chapel in silent contemplation if he is to be knighted the next day. But, as he waits by the light of a flickering candle, he hears a knock at the... door and a voice desperately asking for help. A secret letter must be delivered to King Unauwen across the GreatMountains - a letter upon which the fate of the entire kingdom depends. Tiuri has a vital role to play, one that might cost him his knighthood. Tiuri's journey will take him through dark, menacing forests, across treacherous rivers, to sinister castles and strange cities. He will encounter evil enemies who would kill to get the letter, but also the best of friends in the most unexpected places. He must trust no one. He must keep his true identity secret. Above all, he must never reveal what is in the letter...The Letter for the King is the thrilling story of one boy's battle against evil, set in an enchanted world of chivalry, courage and true friendship. 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. 'The story has the quality of a legend, a tale of ancient times. Over a million copies of the book have been sold worldwide. The Letter for the King has everything.' Nederlands Dagblad 'It is fascinating, captivating in the same way as Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. As well as the familiar battle between good and evil, we are presented with a discovery of true chivalry.' Schager Courant
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ISBN 9781782690269
Released NZ 28 Jan 2015
Publisher Pushkin Children's Books
Format Paperback, Winter Edition
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Language English (translated from: Dutch, Middle (ca. 1050-1350))
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ISBN-13 9781782690269
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-14 working days
Publisher Pushkin Children's Books
Imprint Pushkin Children's Books
Released 28 Jan 2015
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, Winter Edition
Edition Winter Edition
Language English
Translated from Dutch, Middle (ca. 1050-1350)
Author(s) Illustrated by Dragt, Tonke
Translated by Watkinson, Laura
Category Fantasy & Magical Realism
Children's and Educational
Number of Pages 512
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Dewey Code 839.3137
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age Children
Reading Age Children
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile