THE DRAGONFLY POOL by Eva Ibbotson

THE DRAGONFLY POOL

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Age Range: 12 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

Ibbotson’s multi-stranded story begins in England at the start of World War II and ends six years later. Twelve-year-old Tally, a thoughtful and outspoken child, deeply loved by her widowed father and two maiden aunts, receives a scholarship to Delderton, a progressive boarding school. While at the cinema, Tally sees a newsreel about the small country of Bergania, whose King refuses to bend to Hitler’s demands, so when Delderton is invited to Bergania for a dance festival Tally insists they attend. In Bergania the children witness the King’s assassination. Horrified, Tally and her classmates help Karil, Bergania’s young prince, escape from the now Nazi-occupied country to England. The third-person narration shifts among Tally, Karil and other key characters as they cope with the hardships of war. The book, based on the author’s own childhood experiences, is a romantic tale of friendship, loyalty and heroism, and her fans will not be disappointed. (Fiction. 12 & up)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-525-42064-4
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Dutton
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2008




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