"He hears about a hidden treasures and a rhyme written in stone"
"He hears about the sealed parchment"
"He ventures into forbidden territory"
With chapter descriptions like that, one would expect to be reading a fantasy novel. Not so! This is a story about an ordinary teacher - or is he? Are you ordinary if there's a prophecy written about you and your name is just right and even the colour of your hair? The teacher knows there is no ...more
This children’s book can probably be described best as a mystery novel, in which schoolteacher Frans van der Steg almost hopelessly stumbles about, pulled into it all by what seems to be a simple accident (but is actually a well-concocted plan b ...more
Ten Second Synopsis:
Frans is a reasonably content young school teacher who enjoys nothing more than sharing a tall tale (all featuring himself, of course) with the children he teaches. When one of his tales starts to permeate into his real life however, Frans is reluctantly drawn into a centuries old mystery and a plot to save a young boy from a fiendish foe.
After having put Dragt's The Letter for the King and The Secrets of the Wil ...more
When Frans van der Steg arrives at his new school, he falls on telling the child ...more
Turns out it's not a bad book, at least for children, but it doesn't age with the reader, the way some children's books do (like Harry Potter). All the mystery and suspense I remember from my youth, turns out to be a bunch of weird characters doing weird things and so accidentally solving a ...more
I very much enjoyed this book, and so want to do it justice in trying to describe it as a reading experience. It was first published in 1966, in Dutch, and has now been translated. Dragt was, and is, rightfully celebrated in the Netherlands and it is a real pleasure to have her available now to English readers. Because many of her books have sci-fi and fantasy elements and are set in near-future environments, and because of her ...more
Mr. Van der Steg is a teacher, who loves to tell adventurous tales to his pupils the last minutes of school—something the pupils enjoy as well. When he announces one day that he's waiting for a letter, said letter is suddenly swept to him in a storm and signed Gr...Gr. He's sure it's a practical joke thought out by some students, but when a carriage arrives to take him to the mysterious Gr... ...more
Frans Van De Steg is a professor for ten and eleven year olds. When school started at the beginning of the summer semester he found by the end of the day the children were too rowdy. His solution to this was at the end of every day he started telling them of ...more
The Song of Seven by Tonke Dragt was a true joy to read. It is perhaps the most exciting fairytale mystery/adventure I have ever read.
Yes, it is that good.
So good that the only thing I felt compelled to do was sit back, relax, and read - and write down names here and there (there are a lot of names to remember!). I constantly had to know what would happen next.
The story is compelling right fr ...more
I read this for free thanks to NetGalley.
I feel like I’ve already heard about the House of Stairs and wandered its halls, exploring it and hunting for treasure (as all true old houses inevitably conceal). - the rain on the panes and the roving black cat- the conspiracies and the secrets... Perfect.
Tonke Dragt werd in 1930 geboren in Indonesië, 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 vriendinnetj...more