The Dragonfly Pool – Eva Ibbotson

The Dragonfly Pool

Although this is one of Eva Ibbotson’s books for younger readers, I decided to read it as I think all her books are great – The Dragonfly Pool did not disappoint.

The book is separated in three parts, I really liked this idea as it split the book up nicely, definitely in appropriate places.

The book is set in 1939, and follows Tally Hamilton as she starts her new boarding school, Delderton Hall, her father chooses to send Tally to a boarding school in the countryside so as to kept her safe from the imminent threat of war.

Although Tally is reluctant and worried about her new school, when she starts she falls in love with the place. She also makes many new friends and learns lots – especially in her biology lessons with Matteo, the mysterious teacher who is regarded as a legend by his pupils.

The school then travel to the kingdom of Bergania, a country standing up to Hitler and the Nazis. Whilst there disaster occurs and the adventure begins.

I think this book is great, as all Eva Ibbotson books are. The plot is brilliant and the book is constantly interesting – there are no dull moments.

In conclusion, a great Eva Ibbotson book – aimed at pre-teens but suitable for everyone!


Magic Flutes – Eva Ibbotson

“Music is her passion – but love is her destiny”

Although I had previously read this book, I decided to reread it whilst on holiday last week and was glad I did so!

This is one of Eva’s books for older readers and I would thoroughly recommend to anyone who likes beautifully written romance novels.

The book is set in Vienna (as many of Eva’s books are) during the spring of 1922. The book’s main character is Tessa, a beautiful princess who has left her privileged life behind to follow her heart and her dreams  to “serve music”. She now works tirelessly backstage as under wardrobe mistress with the Viennese Opera Company.

Another main character is Guy Farne, an Englishman who is a multimillionaire who has lived all over the world. In 1922 Guy returnes to Vienna with his work and whilst there wishes to purchase a stately home for his first love, Nerine.

As Tessa’s true identity becomes harder to hide she meets Guy and their lives and destinies are strangely interlinked.

As with all Eva Ibbotson books, it is beautifully written.  Although possibly the plot is slightly predictable at some points – however this does re-enforce the idea that this could be a true story.

I love all Eva Ibbotson books and although this isn’t my favourite book by her I would still recommend it.