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A beloved New York Times bestselling author returns to paper!

At first Tally doesn?t want to go to the boarding school called Delderton. But soon she discovers that it?s a wonderful place, where freedom and selfexpression are valued. Enamored of Bergania, a erene and peaceful country led by a noble king, Tally organizes a dance troupe to attend the international folk dancing festival there. There she meets Karil, the crown prince, who wants nothing more than ordinary friends. But when Karil?s father is assassinated, it?s up to Tally and her friends to help Karil escape the Nazis and the bleak future he?s inherited.

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Eva Ibbotson, born Maria Charlotte Michelle Wiesner (1925–2010), was an Austrian-born British novelist, known for her children''s books. Some of her novels for adults have been successfully reissued for the young adult market in recent years. For the historical novel  Journey to the River Sea (Macmillan, 2001), she won the Smarties Prize in category 9–11 years, garnered unusual commendation as runner-up for the Guardian Children''s Fiction Prize, and made the Carnegie Medal, Whitbread Award, and Blue Peter Book Award shortlists. She was a finalist for the 2010 Guardian Children''s Fiction Prize at the time of her death. Her last book,  The Abominables, was one of eight books on the longlist for the same award in 2012.

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Sheila L. Beaumont
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Enchanting story of friendship and heroism
Reviewed in the United States on October 13, 2008
I love all of Eva Ibbotson''s books, and this enchanting tale of heroism and friendship, with its fairy-tale atmosphere, is one of her best. The story is set in 1939, just before World War II, and Hitler is on the move. The heroine, 11-year-old Tally, is sent by her father,... See more
I love all of Eva Ibbotson''s books, and this enchanting tale of heroism and friendship, with its fairy-tale atmosphere, is one of her best. The story is set in 1939, just before World War II, and Hitler is on the move. The heroine, 11-year-old Tally, is sent by her father, a doctor in London, to Delderton, an unconventional boarding school in the Devon countryside where students are encouraged to think for themselves.

Meanwhile, in the small European country of Bergania, the king is bravely standing up to the Nazis. His son, Crown Prince Karil, seeks solace and escape from the restrictions of court life at the Dragonfly Pool, a hidden place that his father also used as a childhood refuge.

The children at Delderton are invited to a folk-dance festival in Bergania, and when Nazi conspirators assassinate the king, the children smuggle Karil out of the country to safety in England. This beautifully written story is full of adventure, narrow escapes, excitement, humor, and well-portrayed, believable characters, and Tally herself is courageous, intelligent, friendly, and commonsensical. I highly recommend this delightful book to middle schoolers, teens, and grown-ups alike. Don''t miss out on it just because it''s labeled "young adult."
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Berta Hartzell
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A terrific children''s read!
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2014
As an elementary reading teacher, I loved this book. I love the time period of early WWII set amidst the European backdrop. It does not contain witchcraft, magic, vampires or zombies. The book offers a cast of colorful young students at a very unique boarding school in... See more
As an elementary reading teacher, I loved this book. I love the time period of early WWII set amidst the European backdrop. It does not contain witchcraft, magic, vampires or zombies. The book offers a cast of colorful young students at a very unique boarding school in England. There is the drama of the invading Nazi army. I can''t wait to share this with my young 4th graders.
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Keith Cockrell
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Great YA book, strong heroine
Reviewed in the United States on October 25, 2013
Actually it''s filled with fascinating characters and a really hopeful view of the human race that the author makes seem reasonable even to an old grouch like me. I Immediately bought a couple more Ibbotson books, the ultimate good review.
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Great Read
Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2016
I love this book. I am reading it with my 6th grade Reading classes because Tallie is a great heroine and it offers aspects of WWII besides the Holocaust.
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Great book!
Reviewed in the United States on April 28, 2016
Great book in excellent condition! Quick delivery too! Thank you!
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Alina
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I read it in an afternoon in a haze of childhood wonder and joy:
Reviewed in the United States on March 9, 2015
A lovely book, I read it in an afternoon in a haze of childhood wonder and joy :D
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Carol P. Evans
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A must Read
Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2014
Great Book, Have loved this author for a long time and lost my copy of this one. It brings out the child in me again.
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barbara wiland
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book cover says $17.99
Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2018
product is overpriced
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Miss K Okay
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Utterly charming!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 4, 2019
I bought this because I''d just finished reading another story by the same author and wanted more. This is an utterly charming book, with a range of enjoyable characters. The heroine Tally is a real go-getter, with such a loving heart for others, and truly courageous. I was...See more
I bought this because I''d just finished reading another story by the same author and wanted more. This is an utterly charming book, with a range of enjoyable characters. The heroine Tally is a real go-getter, with such a loving heart for others, and truly courageous. I was a bit wary about the wartime setting but this is not a war story, it is about friendship, courage and hope. I will definitely be recommending this to the year 5 children I teach as well as to my own offspring.
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Les
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Great read for a 10 year old
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 7, 2021
He couldn’t put the book down
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J. L. Hill
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Astory of growing up.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 20, 2014
This was a book for a much, much younger person than myself, but I loved it. A beautiful storey and beautifully written. I would recommend this to anyone for a feel good read. It is about a young girl growing up in an environment very different to the one she was used to....See more
This was a book for a much, much younger person than myself, but I loved it. A beautiful storey and beautifully written. I would recommend this to anyone for a feel good read. It is about a young girl growing up in an environment very different to the one she was used to. About embracing life and facing dangers for what you believe is right and also love and trust.
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Alastair Gloag
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Great author. Got to try it if you have ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 4, 2017
Great author. Got to try it if you have not had anything by Eva Ibbotson before. My daughter has started reading again.
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zebadee
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Great book for girls and boys
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 24, 2017
My 9 year old daughter and I have really enjoyed reading this book together. Just like the Journey to the River Sea it''s full of excitement, suspence and adventure.
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