The Dragonfly Pool by Eva Ibbotson

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Tally Hamilton is furious to hear she is being sent from London to a horrid, stuffy boarding school in the countryside. And all because of the stupid war. But Delderton Hall is a far more unusual and interesting place than Tally ever imagined, and she soon falls in love with its eccentric staff and pupils. Now she’s even organizing an exciting school trip to the kingdom of Bergania . . . although Tally never expected to meet the prince. Prince Karil hates his life at the palace and he is only truly happy when he escapes to the dragonfly pool, a remote spot in the forests of Bergania. Then Karil meets a feisty English girl who brings the promise of adventure. But his country is under threat, and the prince soon looks to his new friend Tally for survival as well as friendship . . .
 

About Eva Ibbotson

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Eva Ibbotson based Delderton on a boarding school she attended as a child. Today she lives in northern England.Kevin Hawkes lives in Gorham, Maine.
 
Published April 9, 2008 by Macmillan Children's Books. 420 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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.

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The Guardian

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Delderton Hall opens an adventure for Tally and her friends as, with their teachers, the model and art teacher Clemmy and the intriguing biology teacher Matteo, they travel to the troubled country Bergania, initially to participate in a folk dancing festival, but eventually participating in the t...

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The Guardian

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He and Tally meet and become friends at once, and Karil takes Tally to the Dragonfly Pool, which is his refuge and escape.

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All About Romance

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P>I've heard good things before about Eva Ibbotson, and I am partial to tales set during World War II, so I thought The Dragonfly Pool looked like fun.

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