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A Song for Summer

Written by Eva Ibbotson

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Eva Ibbotson is so clever at capturing moments in history and weaving a story around them and her characters too are so real you feel you can reach out and touch them.  Here in A Song for Summer is absolutely no exception.  A growing friendship leads to romance but at what price.  Can good deliver over evil when it involves Hitler’s Reich and can the relationship survive?

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A Song for Summer Synopsis

When Ellen Carr abandons grey, dreary London to become housekeeper at an experimental school in Austria, she finds her destiny. Swept into an idyllic world of mountains, music, eccentric teachers and wayward children, Ellen brings order and joy to all around her. But it's the handsome, mysterious gardener, Marek, who intrigues her - Marek, who has a dangerous secret. As Hitler's troops spread across Europe, Ellen has promises to keep, even if they mean she must sacrifice her future happiness...

An unforgettable love story from the award-winning author of Journey to the River Sea and The Star of Kazan.

A Song for Summer Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Charnell Vevers - 'If I could only recommend one Ibbotson book to you, I would choose this. But, I guarantee, once you have read one Ibbotson book you will want to hunt down more.'
  • Elinor Gray - 'Beautiful and perplexing, the book is an absolute masterpiece, that’s mystery and flawless description ignites the imagination.'
  • Catherine Bryce - 'A lovely story set in London and Austria just as World War Two is breaking out.'
  • Hannah Ward - 'I loved this book and Eva's others so much and I am glad I had the opportunity to read some brilliant classics. I am going to treasure them forever and probably re-read them all soon.'

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ISBN: 9781447280040
Publication date: 26/03/2015
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781447280040
Publication date: 26th March 2015
Author: Eva Ibbotson
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Suitable for: YA readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Eva Ibbotson

Born in Vienna, Eva Ibbotson came to England as a small girl. She spent much of her adult life in Newcastle upon Tyne. When her husband was alive he bred snails in the garage; they also kept fish and had a small and very hairy dog. Eva had four grown-up children and seven grandchildren. She wrote for both adults and children. Which Witch was runner-up for the Carnegie Medal and The Secret of Platform 13 was shortlisted for the Smarties Prize. Journey to the River Sea won the Smarties Book Prize Gold Award, was runner-up for the Whitbread Children's Book of ...

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