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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.
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 unusual and interesting place than Tally ever imagined, and she soon falls in love with its eccentric staff and pupils.
‘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
‘Tally’s adventures may from time to time require us to suspend disbelief, but we do so willingly and in appreciation of the sure-footed skill of an author whose novels have the skill and stature of classics in the making’. The Guardian
‘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
‘A wonderfully rich adventure’. Good Book Guide
‘Unmissable’ Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times
‘This was a great book that I just couldn’t put down, and it amazed me right up until the end. I don’t know quite how Ibbotson did it, but this book seemed to come alive inside my head, and enticed me to read on and on’. Independent on Sunday
‘(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
‘The ever reliable Eva Ibbotson has written another excellent novel for older children’ The Spectator
‘Ibbotson is a sublime storyteller and this funny and exciting adventure skilfully tackles issues if freedom and individuality.’ Daily Mail
‘An enchanting novel from the good witch of kidlit.’ The Times
‘A treat’. The Daily Express
|Publication date:||2nd May 2008|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers|
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 ...More About Eva Ibbotson