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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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23rd January '17
Westy10 read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
This is my favourite book that I have read so far this year. It is very long and took me six days to read but it was an awesome original story that had me gripped from the start of the book. 509 pages of action and fantasy.

I particulary liked the section called The City of Dagonauts the best because it was very triumphant and a lovely ending.

It was originally written in Dutch but that doesn't make it hard to read. I am looking forward to reading the next one
7th February '17
I read it to Hermione aged 8 aged 8
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5 stars
I read this book to my 8 year old at bedtime each night. It's quite a long book but we got through it quite quickly. 

We both really enjoyed it. It's very exciting and full of twists and turns. Tiuri is a very engaging hero and you really care about what is going to happen to him. His bravery is admirable. A very entertaining book to read.
2nd February '17
Elliemai read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
thankyou for picking me to review this book toppsta 
i really liked this book because it had lots of adventure and action
i would recommend this book to boys and girls aged 9 plus 
12th January '17
I read it myself aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
This book was AMAZINGAMAZEBALLSFANTABULUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It had action, adventure, friendships, mystery and moral. I have nothing to complain about!
I would recommend it for 9/10+
29th January '17
BenS246 read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
totally fantastic book my son Ben really enjoyed reading this and now his sister is to so highly recommend
16th January '17
I read it to Lollipop101 aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
This book was exciting and entertaining right from the first page ! 
When I first began reading this book to my 9 year old I worried that it was a little grown up for her but she was as hooked as I was.
A fabulous read for all ages and genders!
23rd January '17
Leonjames read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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4 stars
This book is a long on with 508 pages. But I have to say it's one of the best books iv read in a while. I wasn't sure if I'd like it when my step mum gave it me.  I was hooked from the start and so glad I read it. 
It's full of action, adventure, friendship,twists and secrets. Anyone who hadn't read it yet definitely should give it a go. 
23rd January '17
ejpot read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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4 stars
I didn't know if his book would catch my 9 year olds attention and it seemed quite a long book but she was hooked straight away and loved it. There was lots of action and it didn't bore her in any part. Even though it was a long book it didn't take her long to read it 
24th January '17
RosieL read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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4 stars
The letter for the king was a great book. It set the scene and got me to carry on reading. My favourite part in the book was when Tiuri stays in Castle Mistrinaut because it is so tense when the Grey Knights thought that Tiuri was a baddie. My favourite character was Piak because he is really talkative and young to lead. I liked the characters because they are so creative and right for the story.  At times the descriptions were a bit long and dreary.  I wouldn't recommend this book for people younger than me as it had lots of long words and quite a lot of fighting.
8th February '17
Tommyg read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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4 stars
The book is very thick like a grown up book it has over 500 pages and to be honest this put me off. However with my mum we read a chapter every couple of nights and it is worth reading lots of twists in the story and makes you want to carry on reading.

lots of action so it didn't make me bored.
9th February '17
I read it myself (an adult)
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4 stars
This is an epic adventure tale of a boy who embarks on a long journey with a mysterious mission to deliver a letter through foreboding woods and avoiding dangerous characters. The story begins on the night before Tuiri is due to become a Knight in a grand ceremony. As is tradition, he is expected to spend the previous night in solitude.  His night is interrupted when someone asks him to deliver a letter, one that he must keep secret and must not read himself. 

The book has similarities to the Lord of the Rings trilogy - there is a mission to complete which involves travel through what appears to be a medieval world. Tuiru encounters monks, knights, people who live in trees. There are enemies to avoid, outwit and escape from - and decisions to be made about who to trust and how to deal with tricky situations.

For me, this is the kind of book that you want to read on long winter nights.  I don't think it was entirely the right kind of book for me (despite its beautiful writing) - I am not necessarily a fan of fantasy, and the book is very male dominated (there are few female characters).  I think if you like Lord of the Rings, you will also love this, and I think that it is actually the kind of book that my children will enjoy greatly once the time is right for them to pick it up.
16th January '17
Rory read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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4 stars
This book was trickier than what I would normally read but it had me gripped from the start. Although the book is long and has many twists and turns it was easy to follow the story. I can understand why this book has won so many awards over the years. It is a classic! 
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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 Hagu...

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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 Nethe...

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