Sep 4, 2015

Why I Love Tonke Dragt's Books So Much & Giveaway

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Yesterday it was the publication date of The Secrets of the Wild Wood by Tonke Dragt. It's the second book about Knight Tiuri and his friend Piak. Together they've been through a lot in The Letter for the King and they're back to have another great adventure together. I think both books are amazing and they have a special meaning to me. When I was ten years old I had a wonderful teacher. The Letter for the King was his favorite book and he read a little bit of the story to his class almost every day. Soon he turned thirty children into Tonke Dragt fans. It was the last book he would ever read and he put so much love, care and devotion into it. He was passionate about teaching, about reading and about writing stories and he passed on that love. Unfortunately we were his last class and he died from cancer a few months later.  

I've always read a lot of books. Ever since I could read I read as much as I could. I was bored at school quite a lot and was lucky that there were plenty of books to fill my days. Fortunately they gave me the chance to read as I wouldn't have known what to do otherwise. In the year my teacher taught his last class I was really sick and nearly died. I saw him more often out of the classroom than inside it as he always came to visit. Whenever he talked about books he talked about these books. A few years ago I bought them for myself and it was wonderful to reread them. I keep telling everyone how good they are. I think I appreciate them even more now I'm an adult and I've already reread the stories several times. They're fantastic adventures and the main characters are really special.

 I want to spread the love and am therefore giving away a paperback copy of both books to one lucky winner. Good luck!

 I will contact the winner via e-mail. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international, you can find the official rules here.

35 comments:

  1. The Outsiders by Susan Hinton. It’s the book I read and then passed to my closest friends to read and comment. Our favourite book during our youth. Stay gold!

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  2. Hmm good question. I really enjoy White Oleander by Janet Fitch and can read it over and over. I can identify with one of the characters so it strikes a cord.

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  3. Harry Potter the first book is forever my favorite. It's the first book my parents gave me as a birthday present at 10th age and it changed my reading habit forever.

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  4. The Notebook, read and read it as I care for my Grandmother who has dementia also.

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  5. Just books in general. I am educated & entertained.

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  6. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon ... it was the book that changed my world! before I read it I thought I hated reading and books

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  7. Looks like some good books. kamundsen44(at)yahoo(dot)com. Kim

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    1. All books have special meaning for me. Kim

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  8. The book with special meaning to me is The Bible because it is the word of God.

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  9. I know this will sound strange but there are a couple books that I was read in grade school by teachers. We used to have time each week for the teacher to read books to us. I will never forget the book, "Did You Carry the Flag Today, Charley?" by Rebecca Caudill. I think the reason I liked this book so much was that I could relate to Charley being a poor kid who had his own way of thinking. In the end his classmates, teacher and family were proud of him for his unique way of expressing himself.

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  10. all the books I discover with my grandma ou my grandpa

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  11. I love all books. My favorites are 'The Stand 'by Stephen King and 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee.

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  12. I have all my books surrounding me in the front room, it makes me feel good xx

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  13. Charlottes Web lol first book that ever made me cry x

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  14. It's such a cop-out answer, but I have to say the Harry Potter series. I have wonderful childhood memories attached to them and hopefully many more to come. Thank you for the giveaway! :-D

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  15. Carrie's War by Nina Bawdon - I loved my mum reading it to me, even after I was old enough to read it myself, & watching the way her lips moved as she said certain words - it made me feel safe & comforted.

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  16. My favorite book is The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. The whole series of books is one of my favorites.

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  17. My go to read has always been Tolkien's work ever sin ce the day I was first old enough to read them. The lessons on chivalry, honour and friendship are there throughout the immense volumes he wrote

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  18. there's a lot of books that completely marked me but one of them is a recent read. it's The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. it touched me deeply and it's amazingly written. so much pain and beauty in just one book!

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  19. Probably the Secret of NIHM when i was a child.

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  20. Persuasion by Jane Austen. I loved it so much that I wanted to read similar books and found my favorite genre, historical romance!

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  21. I haven't heard of these books but they look good and I love to read.

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  22. The Diary of Anne Frank had the most effect on me when I was little.

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  24. Children's edition of Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde. It is one of the first picture books my mom would read to me and the story has stuck with me over the years. It has a very special place in my heart.

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  25. i want to read that and explore and enjoy the stories

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  26. moomin books by tove jansson because they bring me back to my childhood times and i love the illustrations

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  27. the lion the witch and the wardrobe. it was my fav book as a child and ill never forget it

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  28. The Bible... it still changes my life~

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  29. Every book I have read, I shared a part of my life with them

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  30. Every book is special to me as each book improves my mind.

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  32. Fortunately they gave me the chance to read as I wouldn't have known what to do otherwise. In the year my teacher taught his last class I was really sick and nearly died. I saw him more often out of the classroom than inside it as he always came to visit.
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