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The Dragonfly Pool [Unabridged] [Hardcover]

Eva Ibbotson
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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2 May 2008

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. Now she’s even organizing an exciting school trip to the kingdom of Bergania . . . although Tally never expected to meet the prince.

Prince Karil hates his life at the palace and he is only truly happy when he escapes to the dragonfly pool, a remote spot in the forests of Bergania. Then Karil meets a feisty English girl who brings the promise of adventure. But his country is under threat, and the prince soon looks to his new friend Tally for survival as well as friendship . . .

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (2 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230704581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230704589
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eva Ibbotson is one of the best-loved children's writers in the world.

Her first children's novel was published in 1975, and her most famous story, JOURNEY TO THE RIVER SEA, won the Smarties Gold Prize in 2001.

Her books have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, and many other literary awards.

Eva died at the age of 85 in 2010

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About the Author

Eva Ibbotson was born in Vienna, but when the Nazis came to power her family fled to England and she was sent to boarding school. She became a writer while bringing up her four children, and her bestselling novels for both adults and children have been published around the world. Her books have also won and been shortlisted for many prizes. Eva lives in Newcastle.

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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful
This is a warm and dazzling tale set against a backdrop of WW2, and although the darkness of wartime Britain provides the context, this doesn't impinge upon the light and magic of the story. With a feisty little girl, an unusual school, a school trip abroad, and a normal little boy who happens to be the Prince of Bergania, there's mystery, uncertainty and some danger. However with great friends, faith and determination, we reach a wonderful and liberating ending.
From the very beginning The Dragonfly Pool flows with a gentle dreamlike quality and humour drawing the reader right into the story. The almost ethereal quality of the storytelling belies the strength of the bravery and determination of the characters and the underlying thought-provoking message about the choices a person may have to make about right and wrong, and doing your duty versus following your heart.
This is a fantastic book and will, I am sure, have a timeless appeal to children from around age 8. Every child will want to be a student at Tally's bohemian school and to be part of her adventure to the beautiful country of Bergania. And I do too. Brilliant!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting 21 Jun 2009
The Dragonfly Pool is an enchanting book, about a very determined girl an a world that is slowly being torn apart.
The book begins in a mysterious way, that leaves the reader alittle confused, however, all is revealed later on. Then Tally leaves her home to go to a boarding school, which has very slack rules and unusual teachers. The story progresses to a school trip abroad, where the children meet the Crown Prince of Berganina, and witness the KIngs assasination and Germanys take over of the country. The chidren smuggle the Prince out of Bergania and back to England where the story continues with various twists and turns.

The story is very enjoable and emotional. There are some lessons to be learnt by reading this story, whilst you still have a brilliant reading experience. A MUST READ!!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another superb book 25 Jan 2009
By Claretta VINE VOICE
I have yet to read anything by Eva Ibbotson - whether her children's books, or her books for adults - that hasn't enchanted me, and this is no exception. Full of delightful characters, warmth and adventure, it's a treat from start to finish. I hope she has many more books in her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Enchanting 11 July 2011
I would use the words `utterly enchanting' to describe `The Dragonfly Pool.' Not only is one of my favourite Eva Ibbotson novels, it is one of my favourite novels full stop!

It tells the story of Tally, a clever young girl who is sent away to a progressive school in the south of England. Having spent a structured life, she finds it difficult to adapt. However, Delterton Hall, is located in the most beautiful place and she meets wonderful people, such as Julia, a talented actress with a guarded secret and Matteo, her charismatic yet unpredictable biology teacher. Tally's life is forever changed when she learns about an idyllic country, Bergania, whose king attempts to stand up to Hitler...

Tally is such a wonderful full-formed character. She is practical, independent, determined and so loving. She brightens the lives of those around her (including those reading the book!!) and she is instantly likeable. The story itself is very gripping, you are eager read through it. The writing style is neither too formal or informal, but the perfect harmony of both. Some books are a chore to read but this is not one of them. I assure you that it is a pleasure and a joy.

There is magical, enchanting element to this book and it stays with you long after you have finished it. I urge you to go ahead and explore Tally's world.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dragonfly Pool 22 May 2009
Dragonfly pool is a exiting story it engages people to keep on reading.Dragonfly pool is the first one i have read so far and i hope the other ones are as good.From a 9 year old reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the dragonfly pool 4 Jan 2012
I have never read and Eva Ibbotson book that I haven't fallen in love with, the dragon fly pool is one of favourite books. It is a very beautiful book with lots of twist and turns. the book is set around to main charactors, Tally and Kairl, they live in two completly differnt worlds but their paths cross at the Dragon fly pool. A MUST READ FOR ALL ADVENTURE LOVERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and moving tale 30 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Set against the backdrop of the second World War this is a beautiful and moving tale of friendship and adventure. Eva Ibbotson's heroine is intelligent, fiesty and loyal to her new found friend. The story addresses issues of lonliness, prejudice and the power of friendship. A lovely book perfect for both girls and boys of 9 years upwards.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Sweet! 16 Feb 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is so cute! The characters are endearing, their personaties shine through. This book is worth reading just for its fabulous characters. There aren't any stupid overused cliches that are so common in childrens' books nowadays. Overall, a very enjoyable read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Childs book
This was bought as a present for a girl who has just started to enjoy reading proper books, and this is a good book to start off with
Published 2 months ago by Lorraine Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragonfly pool
I loved this book. I read it first of Ibbotson's three novels, and I was entranced by the magical wartime setting (I love wartime stories! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Isobel Wolf
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD
The only thing I can tell you that you can see that the beginning of this story hooks you in from the start
Published 4 months ago by perseverance
3.0 out of 5 stars feel-good factor
Well-behaved children, inspirational teachers and horrendous personal circumstances brings escapism and a vanished age of expected privilege and class differentiation.
Published 5 months ago by Mary Holdsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars best book ever
i pesonally loved the book it was absolute adventure/thriller book.The book is just full of mysteries like whats going to happpen and who may die.
Published 7 months ago by gary lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Once I started this book I just could not put it down. Thu tale is heart felt and warms the heart .
Published 8 months ago by Nicky
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliang read
at first when i read it i was not sure but after a few pages i really got into it. i loved reading it and would recommed it to people age 9 to 80. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. Suzanne D. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Super!
Perfect present for a 10 year old girl cannot recommend this great book enough. She was really pleased with this book.
Published 10 months ago by Mark Kirby
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing punctuation
A good story but punctuation missing a lot. Probably best for 10-11 year olds. A great book for those who loved Mallory towers when they were younger! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book
Review by 11 year old avid reader: The Dragonfly Pool is beautifully written but not in a sissy way. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Matilda Jane
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