The Dragonfly Pool
Written by Eva Ibbotson
Lovereading4kids Price £5.59
£6.99 saving £1.40 (20%)
Please login (or signup) to download the extract
You will need to Sign Up or Login before you can download a book extract.
To Sign Up all you need to do is give us your email address and a password and let us know the types of books you like. Thank you.
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.
***Eva's son, Toby Ibbotson, is now continuing the tradition of storytelling with his debut novel Mountwood School for Ghosts which is based on an original idea by Eva Ibbotson.
The Dragonfly Pool by Eva Ibbotson
A new cover edition of this classic story.
A boarding-school trip takes eleven-year-old Tally to an exotic kingdom where she finds adventure, romance and a handsome prince.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 far 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 ...will she be able to save her new friend, Prince Tamil, before it's too late?
‘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
More books by Eva Ibbotson
Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
8th May 2014
Writing reviews help the children with their literacy skills and we always read the books together which gives us good quality family time!Cat Bisland (on behalf of the Bi
Lovereading is just a convenient way to find new books and hear others opinions on them.Sarah Murray – age 15
It is THE website to use for narrowing down your search for any book. Definitely knocks the socks off any other book review website.Nickey and Tomasz Hawryszczuk
We love Lovereading as my 5 year old loves to read new books before anyone else has a chance, she says it makes reading exciting!Tracey Chorley
I love Lovereading as it provides an honest opinion and showcases a range of fiction. Suited to both parents & kids alike, it’s a must-use.Georgie Rowe – age 16
We love Lovereading4kids because they put books in front of us we wouldn’t otherwise have read. They make us more adventurous readers!Emily Jacques
It’s a community united by a passion for books and promoting the best there is in children’s literature.Sam Bateman and family
It’s so easy to find the right book for your child. Such an easy-to-use, yet in-depth website. 100% reliable.Pippa, Jack, Liam & Matthew Wils