The Dragonfly Pool

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 place than Tally could ever have imagined, and she soon falls in love with its eccentric staff and pupils. And now they’re going on a school trip to the remote mountain kingdom of Bergania, a place Tally longs to visit!

Bergania is everything Tally has dreamed of, especially when she unexpectedly meets Prince Karil – a shy romantic who is only really happy by his forest-clad dragonfly pool. But with World War Two raging just outside its borders, Bergania is under threat from the Nazis. Soon Tally must give more than friendship to Prince Karil. She must find a way to give him and his kingdom the keys to survival.

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    I absolutely book. It is quite a long book, compared to some of the books I pick up. I have to admit, most of the time I can’t finish reading a really long book. However, the Dragonfly Pool is the best book I have read. Hands down. I never, ever read books again which I have already read, I don’t know why, i just don’t! But I knew I HAD to read the Dragonfly Pool a second time. The plot of the story is just absolutely fantastic, and I love Tally. I think I was about 11 when I first read the Dragonfly Pool, and I was 12 when I read it the second time. But, I do love reading , and I think that I do tend to read more than most people in my class, so for some 11 year olds it may be too much. But give it a try, it’s worth it!

    4 October 2012

  • I just loved this book. It is beautifully written and it is such a shame that the author is know dead. It is a great book, full of adventure set in WW2. I really enjoyed reading this book. i would recommend this book for ages 12+

    3 March 2012

  • loved it

    So touching and magical.

    1 March 2012

  • loved it

    i think it tells you about world war 2 without you expecting it. I LOVE IT!

    17 June 2011

  • loved it

    its a amazing adventre based on a incredible friendship and the mystery of a magical place.

    24 March 2010

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    Eva Ibbotson

    Eva Ibbotson is the award-winning author of many books including Journey to the River Sea.


    Eva has twice been awarded the Smarties Book Prize, for Journey to the River Sea and The Star of Kazan, and was awarded the Independent Bookseller’s Book Prize for One Dog and His Boy in 2012.

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