Search Results: "Eva Ibbotson"


BOOK REVIEW

A GLOVE SHOP IN VIENNA by Eva Ibbotson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 1992

"Slight, scented, and deliciously dated in style—for those with a sweet tooth."
From Ibbotson (Madensky Square, 1988, etc.), a collection of lacy, romantic short-short stories—mainly frivolous and as contrived as a decorative petit four, most with a weightless charm that echoes similar light pieces in the popular magazines of the 20's and 30's. Read full book review >

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A SONG FOR SUMMER by Eva Ibbotson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"Fluff, but high-quality fluff."
The molasses runs as deep—and sweet—as the Danube in this romantic drama set in an Austrian boarding school on the eve of Hitler's invasion. Read full book review >

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ONE DOG AND HIS BOY by Eva Ibbotson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"A rousing, slightly surreal tale of rescue and redemption, this effort will appeal to animal lovers everywhere. (Adventure. 9-14)"
In Ibbotson's final book, all 10-year-old Hal Fenton has ever wanted is a dog of his own, but his wealthy, shallow parents think a brief dog-rental will resolve his yearning. Read full book review >

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THE OGRE OF OGLEFORT by Eva Ibbotson
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2011

"An offbeat, matter-of-fact journey from displacement to an idyllic homestead. (Illustrations not seen.) (Fantasy. 8-11)"
A motley group hesitantly forms a princess-rescuing team and ends up in the last place they expected. Read full book review >

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THE MORNING GIFT by Eva Ibbotson
Released: Aug. 16, 1993

"A bedtable joy."
The Sachertorte romances by Ibbotson (Madensky Square, 1988, etc.) have resisted a firm categorization. Read full book review >

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THE ABOMINABLES by Eva Ibbotson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A satiric farewell from a favorite author. (most illustrations not seen) (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Two children shepherd a family of yetis from the Himalayas to England in this Candide-like odyssey, left unfinished at Ibbotson's death in 2010 but buffed up by her son and editor. Read full book review >

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NOT JUST A WITCH by Eva Ibbotson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Not Ibbotson in top form, but sure to be snapped up by the legion of new fans she's gained in the Harry Potter interregnums. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Well-intentioned witches follow their hearts instead of their heads, with nearly disastrous results, in Ibbotson's latest caper. Read full book review >

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THE DRAGONFLY POOL by Eva Ibbotson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"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)"
Ibbotson's multi-stranded story begins in England at the start of World War II and ends six years later. Read full book review >

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ISLAND OF THE AUNTS by Eva Ibbotson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Like her previous books, this will ride high on 'Others Like Harry Potter' lists for its style of humor, sturdy young protagonists, and array of fantastical beings. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A mischarted island becomes a refuge for injured sea creatures—including a few mythical ones—in this now-poignant, now-farcical adventure from the author of The Secret of Platform 13 (1998). Read full book review >

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THE HAUNTING OF GRANITE FALLS by Eva Ibbotson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"Readers will be happy to comply. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Combine a quintet of homesick Scottish ghosts, a Texas millionaire and his sickly daughter, the impoverished last scion of the Clan MacBuff, and a trio of fascistically inclined malefactors, and you get a terrifically tongue-in-cheek outing, originally published in the UK in 1987. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET OF PLATFORM 13 by Eva Ibbotson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"With scrawled, comic black- and-white drawings by Porter, it's not exactly Roald Dahl, but Ibbotson is at least a distant cousin. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Old magic breaks loose in modern London to rescue a kidnapped prince in this droll, if formulaic, farce from Ibbotson. Read full book review >

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WHICH WITCH? by Eva Ibbotson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"Ibbotson includes monsters, ghouls, and murderous ghosts; through tongue-in-cheek humor she provides an endlessly amusing book to delight readers. (b&w illustrations) (Fiction. 9-12)"
Imagination and humor run rampant as Arriman the Awful, the Wizard of the North, tries to find a bride in this hilarious romp from Ibbotson (The Secret of Platform 13, 1998). Read full book review >