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The Letter for the King A Young Messenger A Secret Mission A Kingdom In PerilIt Is The Dead Of NightSixteen Year Old Tiuri Must Spend Hours Locked In A Chapel In Silent Contemplation If He Is To Be Knighted The Next DayBut, As He Waits By The Light Of A Flickering Candle, He Hears A Knock At The Door And A Voice Desperately Asking For HelpA Secret Letter Must Be Delivered To King Unauwen Across The Great Mountains A Letter Upon Which The Fate Of The Entire Kingdom Depends Tiuri Has A Vital Role To Play, One That Might Cost Him His KnighthoodTiuri 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 PlacesHe Must Trust No OneHe Must Keep His True Identity SecretAbove All, He Must Never Reveal What Is In The LetterThe 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


About the Author: Tonke Dragt

Tonke Dragt werd in 1930 geboren in Nederlands Indi , en heeft daar het grootste deel van haar jeugd doorgebracht In 1942 kwam ze met haar moeder en twee zusjes terecht in een Jappenkamp, en daar heeft ze ontdekt dat ze ze kon ontsnappen door verhalen te verzinnen Ze schreef en tekende in eerder gebruikte uitgegumde schriftjes en zelfs op wc papier, want er was bijna niets Samen met een vriendinnetje maakte ze het boek De jacht op de Touwkleurige.Na de oorlog kwam het gezin naar Nederland Tonke deed hier haar eindexamen van de middelbare school en ging naar de academie voor beeldende kunsten Ze werd tekenlerares Als de orde in haar klas verstoord dreigde te raken, begon ze altijd een verhaal te vertellen En dan werd het muisstil Ze organiseerde op school ook een spookverhalenschrijversclub, waar de meest griezelige dingen gebeurden In 1956 werd voor het eerst een verhaal van Tonke gepubliceerd, en daarna werden er steeds meer gevraagd Ze kreeg het druk overdag lesgeven en s avonds en vooral s nachts schrijven In 1961 verscheen haar eerste boek Verhalen van de tweelingbroers.Een jaar later kwam De brief voor de koning, dat werd bekroond met de prijs voor het beste kinderboek van het jaar, een voorloper van de Gouden Griffel Het kreeg ook een vervolg Geheimen van het Wilde Woud.De meeste kinderboekenschrijvers schreven in die tijd realistische verhalen, maar Tonke cre erde haar eigen werelden, zoals de Rijken van Dagonaut en Unauwen.Het thema tijd speelt vaak een rol in haar boeken De hoofdpersoon van De torens van februari kan eens in de vier jaar, op schrikkeldag, naar een andere wereld reizen, en Torenhoog en mijlen breed speelt zich af in de toekomst Het geheim van de klokkenmaker gaat over een tijdmachine en vooral over de vraag wat er gebeurt als je daar niet heel voorzichtig mee omgaat Tonke houdt van poezen Die geven haar de mogelijkheid een tijger te aaien En tijgers intrigeren haar Ogen van tijgers is niet voor niets geschreven Al haar poezen en ze heeft er vele gehad zijn op een bijzondere manier bij haar gekomen aanloopkatten, eenzame katten als het baasje was overleden Ze krijgen allemaal een naam die met een W begint Wapperstaart, Woesti en Wicci de Winterpoes zijn de meest recente.



10 thoughts on “The Letter for the King

  1. says:

    Upon discovering a character I admire and adore, I often aspire to become that character Emulate a new role model, envision greater goals and dream of different worlds to conquer In this case, though, I would never set myself up for that fall Merely a human being, a perfectly plausible person Tiuri is genuinely good And kind I believe that Tiuri is truly and actually, altruistic.His epic journey to deliver a message of monumental importance took place many years ago A mission that today c Upon discovering a character I admire and adore, I often aspire to become that character Emulate a new role model, envision greater goals and dream of different worlds to conquer In this case, though, I would never set myself up for that fall Merely a human being, a perfectly plausible person Tiuri is genuinely good And kind I believe that Tiuri is truly and actually, altruistic.His epic journey to deliver a message of monumental importance took place many years ago A mission that today could be as simple as send , was an adventure only for the courageous and strong then Traveling alone, on horseback at best stumbling through the forest by sheer will, hiding from the knights who considered him a murderer and a thief, at worst.Tiuri is brave No Make that, bold often foolishly so Although, to be fair, no fault can ever be found If ever there was a quintessential example of will power aside from Frog Toad Cookies , that is , Tiuri conveys it Wise beyond his years he is also, oddly, na ve A sincere listener, Tiuri ponders then proceeds Complexly concurrent, he has an uncanny ability to act instinctively But I ve buried the lead Tiuri should not even be embarking on this endeavor Moments before he fled his kingdom, fleet on a stolen horse, with the furious owner following Tiuri had been locked inside a silent chapel, reflecting upon the duties he would perform as knight to his beloved king beginning at sunrise.Tiuri s abrupt departure meant sacrificing what he had worked towards his whole life all sixteen years of it His decision seems reckless and a bit ridiculous But things aren t always as they seem, and this cunning theme cuts through narrative cleverly guiding Tiuri as he encounters a plethora of peculiar people during his travels The Letter for the King reads like an instant classic While the fiction is fresh, the feel is familiar Mystery and intrigue magnificently merge with action and adventure, appealing to all senses The colorful characters encountered keep loneliness at bay and Tiuri on his toes 11 year old me would have read this book over and over and over.This review was written for Buried Under Books by jv poore


  2. says:

    Great childrens book, read it several times Tonke Dragt s books are also read by many adults Wonderful writer


  3. says:

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.It s been a long time since I ve read a story that manages to capture the spirit and emotions of an epic adventure, but The Letter For the King manages to do just that It s full of secrets, missions from strangers, and the feeling that you can accomplish anything, be anything, that you want to.Tiuri is about to become a knight when he s given a task by a stranger He must deliver a letter to the king And on his way to do this, he I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.It s been a long time since I ve read a story that manages to capture the spirit and emotions of an epic adventure, but The Letter For the King manages to do just that It s full of secrets, missions from strangers, and the feeling that you can accomplish anything, be anything, that you want to.Tiuri is about to become a knight when he s given a task by a stranger He must deliver a letter to the king And on his way to do this, he meets a wonderful and colourful cast of people good and evil, who will help or hinder his mission It s a very traditional fantasy tale, that encompasses a long journey and a naive and pure hero at the heart of it The writing is simple, without any nuances or subtleties to the text, and the story itself follows a pattern that s often repeated good guy meets another guy at the right time and place, repeat , but it s the message behind it that struck methan anything else It s wholesome and light and welcoming It feels homey and nice There s definitely a hint of the nostalgia about it that I miss inmodern fantasy stories Tiuri is developed enough that you care about his quest and want him to succeed He s the very definition of pure at heart and his emotional development, and strong friendship with guide Piak, is nice to see unfold It s not going to appeal to everyone, as the plot is simplistic, but fans of old fashioned fantasy should give this a go


  4. says:

    3.5 stars from me4.75 stars from my sonI read this with my 10 year old son for the kids bookclub he belongs to through one of our local independent bookstores It wasn t one I had previously heard of, although it is a Dutch classic, where it was originally published in 1962.This is quaintly written old fashioned chivalric fantasy which would provide a nice entry to the genre for middle grade and young adult audiences It s an older book, and reads that way, but it nevertheless has a simple appea 3.5 stars from me4.75 stars from my sonI read this with my 10 year old son for the kids bookclub he belongs to through one of our local independent bookstores It wasn t one I had previously heard of, although it is a Dutch classic, where it was originally published in 1962.This is quaintly written old fashioned chivalric fantasy which would provide a nice entry to the genre for middle grade and young adult audiences It s an older book, and reads that way, but it nevertheless has a simple appeal that keeps it fresh enough for modern readers.My son is not new to fantasy, and he quite enjoyed this Aside from the story, he loved the included map and black and white illustrations done by the author It was quite an accomplishment for him to tackle a book that comes in at just over 500 pages, but the story moves along at a nice pace that ended up making the length less daunting for him


  5. says:

    Oh, give me a sec to let my tears drop This book is beautiful The story inside feels so real It feels different It almost feels like Tiuri, the main character here, sits across the room telling me the story himself, and help me learnt so much.I won t forget this book, that is for sure.I am glad I found this book in my school library a few days ago This is beyond my imagination.I had no expectation when I first saw this book I thought to myself that maybe this is another freakish classic ta Oh, give me a sec to let my tears drop This book is beautiful The story inside feels so real It feels different It almost feels like Tiuri, the main character here, sits across the room telling me the story himself, and help me learnt so much.I won t forget this book, that is for sure.I am glad I found this book in my school library a few days ago This is beyond my imagination.I had no expectation when I first saw this book I thought to myself that maybe this is another freakish classic tale, written with so much art and deep thoughts and evil mixed in But what I found is surprising.After a few pages I realized how this book feels so pure and unreal but real at the same time How this book did nothing but touching its readers and send them great values of life that they learn by themself It is a book for kids. but it is an awesome book Oh let me cry for a little bit , for this book is beautiful.I ridiculously love it, I learnt so much from it, gosh I just adore it It doesn t feel old or boring It s awesome.The characters are all males most of the time, guys that shared the same age with me right now The story is about a journey of Tiuri, a young man that ran away on the night before he could be the king s knight, for a secret mission given by strangers On his journey he met a lot of people, become friends with so many people, and face so much danger The story tells about how he discovered a lot of things about life, about himself, about the world.Some sentences here punch in a huge impression in my heart, like the time when Tiuri finished his mission and a wise clown from the neighbour country told him a story of a guy who went on a journey to chase the end of the rainbow, for he believed that the end of the rainbow would be the most beautiful place on earth However l, after the long trip he found nothing He was disappointed, but then he thought about the journey he had, how he met so many awesome new friends, beautiful sights,and a lot of happiness, he realized that the rainbow is not the most important thing Thee beauty and values he found in his journey, that is the most important This book is crazily awesome, I hope my son or daughter will read it one day and feel the same thing.This book gave me a lot One of the most inspiring book ever I also hope you ll consider reading it too, even thou the cover of it might not look that interesting, haha Happy reading, and God bless your journey


  6. says:

    As YA goes, this is a 5 star plot It was written in 1962, apparently, and the new translation is coming on 25 August of 2015.It s the story of a squire on the eve of becoming a knight who does NOT become a knight because he makes the fateful decision to answer a call for help One thing leads to another, and before long, this kid is on a quest with unseen enemies all around him but with unexpected friends as well.It s sweet, actually So old school it will remind you of the type of book about As YA goes, this is a 5 star plot It was written in 1962, apparently, and the new translation is coming on 25 August of 2015.It s the story of a squire on the eve of becoming a knight who does NOT become a knight because he makes the fateful decision to answer a call for help One thing leads to another, and before long, this kid is on a quest with unseen enemies all around him but with unexpected friends as well.It s sweet, actually So old school it will remind you of the type of book about knighthood you could not put down as a kid A simpler world of good and evil, don t you know An antidote to the gray confusions in our time.Memory Lane, anyone I suspect reluctant readers and fans of all things medieval will love it


  7. says:

    Ahoy there me mateys I received this young adult fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review So here be me honest musings .I always be interested in fairy tales from other lands This translation caught me eye because the author was born in Indonesia, imprisoned in a Japanese internment camp in WWII, and then moved to the Netherlands She published this book in 1962 and it won the Children s Book of the Year Award and was subsequently translated into sixteen languages Ahoy there me mateys I received this young adult fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review So here be me honest musings .I always be interested in fairy tales from other lands This translation caught me eye because the author was born in Indonesia, imprisoned in a Japanese internment camp in WWII, and then moved to the Netherlands She published this book in 1962 and it won the Children s Book of the Year Award and was subsequently translated into sixteen languages Apparently it is also becoming a Netflix series So I had to know what the hype was about.And sadly I have to say that I don t really get it The story follows a boy named Tiuri He was standing vigil on the night before becoming a Knight when he chooses to leave the chapel in order to deliver an urgent message What was supposed to be a simple task instead becomes a quest to deliver a message to a king in another land.This book is a fairly straightforward and simplistic tale where the young squire is always meeting people at just the right time to help him and nothing bad really ever happens Tiuri is supposed to be 16 but comes across as being much younger His naivete seemed to make himlike ten or so He is honorable and makes friends wherever he goes.Unfortunately there was no real tension and I was pretty disconnected from the story It was a quick read even though the time dragged when actually reading it The world building wasn t that exciting either With slow pacing and not much action, I was tempted to not finish this one I did finish it but didn t really like it and will not reread it I wish it had been better.So lastly .Thank you Pushkin Children s Books Check out me other reviews at


  8. says:

    A very solid classic linear fantasy, without any supernatural elements You know who to trust and who not, the secrets are easily guessable, and the end is satisfying The perfect escapist read for a difficult time.


  9. says:

    This is a prime example of a book that needs an introduction The original Dutch edition of The Letter for the King was published in 1962 by an Indonesian survivor of WWII Japanese internment camps and is considered to be a European children s classic 50 years later, it was finally translated into English.So how does it hold up Poorly, when you consider how the English edition was marketed I found it on a YA shelf with a shiny cover promising the epic adventures of a 16 year old squire Sound This is a prime example of a book that needs an introduction The original Dutch edition of The Letter for the King was published in 1962 by an Indonesian survivor of WWII Japanese internment camps and is considered to be a European children s classic 50 years later, it was finally translated into English.So how does it hold up Poorly, when you consider how the English edition was marketed I found it on a YA shelf with a shiny cover promising the epic adventures of a 16 year old squire Sounds like YA, right What was inside was an intensely linear plot with zero moral complexity, character development, or twists The villains are uniformly murderous and come from Evilland Eviellan , women exist solely to feed Tiuri though one gives him some chain mail , and there s never a difficult decision not even a wrong turn on a road The writing does absolutely nothing for me, though that s hard to judge from a translation.Had I been faced with an edition that started with a formal introduction to Tonke Dragt who seems very interesting and the history of Dutch children s lit, I would have had a better frame of reference for reading and perhaps enjoying the book However, given the way this printing was presented, I would advise readers after a children s medieval adventure to pick uprecent MG books like The Ruins of Gorlan or First Test instead They re still fairly straightforward, but at least there s something going on in terms of plot and character.If you are an adult determined to read the translation, save it for reading aloud to kids under 10


  10. says:

    First released 50 odd years ago in the Netherlands, this is a wonderful story of knights and adventures written by Tonke Dragt why it took so long to be spotted over here it s sold over a million copies and be translated is beyond me From the outset, when Tiuri is tempted from his night s vigil out of the chapel by a call for help, I was hooked There was something about Tiuri, the use of limited third person wonderfully translated by Laura Watkinson and the style of narrative that reminde First released 50 odd years ago in the Netherlands, this is a wonderful story of knights and adventures written by Tonke Dragt why it took so long to be spotted over here it s sold over a million copies and be translated is beyond me From the outset, when Tiuri is tempted from his night s vigil out of the chapel by a call for help, I was hooked There was something about Tiuri, the use of limited third person wonderfully translated by Laura Watkinson and the style of narrative that reminded me of the first Harry Potter book Whether it was this idea that the world felt very real from the start or that there was something in Tiuri s character was drew me in as much as Harry did, I don t know but I knew that I couldn t stop thinking about the story when I wasn t reading it I wanted to know what happened next and I cared for Tiuri and his good friend Piak The story takes place within two neighbouring kingdoms who have been at peace since as long as anyone can remember but there are whispers are a growing army to the south who threaten to destroy that the people of Dagonaut and Unauwen hold dear It is up to Tiuri to carry an important letter to the king of west about this impending danger but on the way, spies and evil knights will not stop at anything to take this letter from Tiuri even if it means his death A pleasant surprise for me in this book was the little amount of battle and death You would think with all the swords and horses trampling around that it would be common yet Tiuri s encounters are almost like reading Bunyan s The Pilgrim s Progress It is not his ability to wield a sword that saves him but rather his mind and his heart against the challenges ahead This book is a hefty 508 pages long but the chapters are short and snappy and I found the pace to be as quick as Tiuri s own horse Although there is a lack of strong female characters, I would consider this as a whole class read for UKS2 because the sense of chase throughout is quite gripping Cross Curricular Suggestions Year 5English I would certain make use of the thematic links that are prevalent and have similar books available as well as classic books involving knights King Arthur in my reading corner through my time reading this book to the class I like the idea of the children creating their own knight who is loyal to one of the good kings and who is sent on their own quest to find out about the red riders I think children would enjoy creating either their male of female knight, working on character description but then planning and writing an extended narrative much in the same style as the King Arthur stories Maths As soon as I saw the fractions expectations, I did think that designing their own knight s shield could lead to some fractions work where they section off different parts of the shield in terms of the fraction that they are studying and they could then illustrate it Certainly counting up the perimeter and area of different places that Tiuri visits on his journey could be interesting as well as measuring angles of photos of castles would also support using the book in context Finally, because the book is so huge, there is ample scope for word problems involving all elements of the Maths skills the children are expected to cover History I think there is a lot of scope for exploring British history from an Anglo saxon perspective considering King Arthur was meant to be around that time too Looking at weaponry as well as clothing and a sense of time and place according to landscape natural and human could really help bring the text to life as well as make the topic a littleexciting Art I really like the idea of using wooden mannequins to try and get the children to play with the human form and consider poses the Tiuri could be in throughout the book They would have to consider and sketch the different types of clothing that he wore throughout and play with texture and tone They could also, if you wanted to take a really exciting and challenging approach, have a go at some sculpture alongside sketching and try to make their own Ardanwen Tiuri s magnificent horse out of clay.DT I quite like the idea of them creating their own castle from junk modelling sketching and planning first but with having in it a working circuit to indicate lights going on in towers simple circuits and also a switch approaches that raises and lowers the drawbridge Music I would offer the opportunity for the children to use instruments to create some music based on instruments using during the Anglo Saxon period and onwards the Dark Ages The focus would be to make some courtly music that Tiuri might here in the different castles Children could dress up and play their piece to the assembly and the music could tell the story of a famous deed of one of the knights no singing required


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