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.