Written by Eva Ibbotson
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The Lovereading4Kids comment
A wonderful, magical adventure spins out of a school story with a difference. Tally doesn’t want to leave her father and her aunts and go away to boarding school. But Delderton Hall is a very special school with interesting staff and pupils and loads of scope for imagination and creativity. Tally organises a trip to the Kingdom of Bergania where she befriends the prince and soon finds herself swept up in a thrilling and dangerous adventure.
The Lovereading comment:
Be prepared to be swept away on a truly great war-time adventure by one of the greatest children’s authors of our time. Meet Tally, who is sent away because of the war to the depths of Devon to an anything but ordinary boarding school. In fact, it’s such an extraordinary place that anything can happen and it does. In fact way more than she bargained for – survival and friendship are tested to the absolute limit and beyond. This is a modern classic in the making with all the hallmarks of prize winner written all over it.
Dragonfly Pool by Eva Ibbotson
Tally Hamilton is furious to hear she is being sent from London to a horrid, stuffy boarding school in the countryside. And all because of the stupid war. But Delderton Hall is a more interesting place than Tally ever imagined, and an exciting school trip to the beautiful and luscious kingdom of Bergania whisks Tally into an unexpected adventure.
‘This is a tale as delicate and buoyant as anything filmed by Alexandra Korda, blending comedy, history and tragedy with an irresistible wit and verve. Underlying Ibbotson’s liberal, liberating plot line are profound questions about education, the price of being different, and the different kinds of prison that all individuals have taken care not to find themselves trapped in’. The Times
‘A new book by Eva always lifts the spirits. She understands how children might be inspired and nourished, and she delights in nature, friendship, honesty and liberty’. The Sunday Times
‘Unmissable’ Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times
‘(Eva) has managed to combine at least three traditions, braiding together with delicacy and skill a school story, a war story and Ruritanian adventure into a funny, moving and uplifting tale which is sparkingly written and full of excitement’. Adele Geras for the Guardian
‘Ibbotson is a sublime storyteller and this funny and exciting adventure skilfully tackles issues if freedom and individuality.’ Daily Mail
‘A treat’. The Daily Express
About the Author
Interest Age: From 9
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3rd April 2009
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