The Dragonfly Pool

Suitable for 8 - 12 years

This product is not currently available.

To help you find what you're looking for, see similar items below.

This item has 5 stars of a maximum 5

Rated 5/5 from 2 ratings

0 reviews (Add a review)

Delivery information

We are only able to deliver orders to school addresses

  • FREE delivery for schools*
  • Delivery within 10 working days

Book Club orders

  • FREE delivery to schools
  • Books will be despatched after the school's order is confirmed

*We do not charge for delivery, but your order may incur additional customs costs.

Delivery information and refund and returns policy

Product description

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 his kingdom the keys to survival.

“Unmissable.” Sunday Times

“A tale as delicate and buoyant as anything filmed by Alexander Korda, blending comedy, history and tragedy with an irresistible wit and verve.” Amanda Craig, The Times

Product Details





Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 6.5; Middle years; 16.0 points

Other details

  • 416 pages




Eva Ibbotson

Photo of Eva Ibbotson


This product has not been reviewed yet.

Add a review

What kids think

  1. Ivysaur75
    on 24 March 2020

    I got this book in a three-part set (The star of Kazan and Journey to the River sea) for my tenth birthday, and I didn’t read them until more than a year later. It’s the best book ever! It’s funny, powerful and moving, and surprising-I could not believe the plot twist in the middle! I would definitely recommend it! :)

    5 out of 5
  2. The-star-of-books
    on 24 February 2017

    An amazing book it kept me entertained

    5 out of 5
  3. animanga5
    on 19 October 2013

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

    5 out of 5
  4. crazychoc
    on 8 March 2013

    An enchanting story full of warmth and adventure.

    5 out of 5
  5. rockythefish
    on 7 February 2012

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

    5 out of 5
  8. 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.

    5 out of 5
  9. stardust123
    on 7 July 2010

    i lovvvvvve this book it is brill

  10. 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!

    5 out of 5
  11. Bloom77
    on 6 July 2009

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

    4 out of 5
  12. 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.

    4 out of 5
  13. stevie40
    on 12 June 2009

    It is brilliant

    4 out of 5