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Tally Hamilton is furious to hear she is being sent from London to a horrid, stuffy boarding school. 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 his kingdom the keys to survival…

“Unmissable.” Sunday Times

“Delicate and buoyant… blending comedy, history and tragedy with an irresistible wit and verve.” Amanda Craig, The Times

Product Details

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9780330456357

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 6.5; Middle years; 16.0 points

Other details
  • 416 pages
Condition

New

Author/Illustrator

Eva Ibbotson

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Eva Ibbotson is the award-winning author of many books for children and adults. She has a daughter and three sons, who showed her that children like to read about ghosts, wizards, and witches “because they are just like people but madder and more interesting.”

She was born in Vienna, in Austria, but moved to England with her family when the Nazis came to power. After training to be a physiologist which she didn’t enjoy because she didn’t like doing experiments on animals, Eva got married and had four very nice children.

Her first children’s book, The Great Ghost Rescue was published in 1975, and she is best known for titles like Journey to the River Sea and The Dragonfly Pool. Eva died in 2010, aged 85.

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  1. Avatar princess 761798

    The-star-of-books
    on 24 February 2017

    An amazing book it kept me entertained

    5out of 5
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    animanga5
    on 19 October 2013

    This sounds like a VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY exciting book. I bet I’m gonna LOVE it!!!!

    5out of 5
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    crazychoc
    on 8 March 2013

    An enchanting story full of warmth and adventure.

    5out of 5
  4. Avatar owl 761790

    rockythefish
    on 7 February 2012

    B-R-I-L-L-I-A-N-T!!!!!!!! Oh my what a book!!! I can’t describe it!!!

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    MaYaM-XD
    on 8 October 2011

    brilliant! raed it twice already, just got it from the library going to read it again! another classic tale by Eva, love love love love love it!

  6. Evie 113313

    sparklestar15
    on 17 January 2011

    This book is really fascinating and the author has used good use of adjectives. This book is a wonderful rich adventure story and some parts made me emotional.

    5out of 5
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    booklover789
    on 24 July 2010

    This is a truly AMAZING book. I recommend this book to 11+ year olds as it is sad and moving. For example, the king is assasinated by a Nazi. The first hundred pages are just a build up for the plot so that part can be slightly boring but after that the book is so cleverly weaven together it makes you feel really good that you bought it.

    5out of 5
  8. Evie 113313

    stardust123
    on 7 July 2010

    i lovvvvvve this book it is brill

  9. Percy 112876

    Bookworm456
    on 5 April 2010

    I love Eva Ibbotson, she puts SO much description into her books. If you have read this book, try, Journey to the River sea. This is also by Eva Ibbotson!

    5out of 5
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    Bloom77
    on 6 July 2009

    I really like this book. It is a long book, but very touchful.

    4out of 5
  11. Love stargirl 113412

    hockeycrazy999
    on 28 June 2009

    This is a touching but funny book.The main character Tally tries to overcome the Nazis.I really enjoyed this book.I would recommend this book to people who like history and people who like adventure.

    4out of 5
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    stevie40
    on 12 June 2009

    It is brilliant

    4out of 5