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Dragonfly pool
On the weekend I had a treat – a new book by Eva Ibbotson! The dragonfly pool is a children’s book set in Europe just before world war two. There are lots of elements in the novel that felt like classic Ibbotson to me. A young heroine who is kind and thoughtful and adored by her family. A wacky school where students are allowed to wear what they want, keep pets in a hut and are taught biology by their mysterious teacher through early morning nature walks. Vividly described settings that range from pre-war London to countryside Devon to an Alpine country. And in the end, good triumphing over evil.

At the danger of sounding like a grump after all of these positives, I was still a little underwhelmed. This wasn’t my favourite Ibboston. In particular, I feel like the main character could have been developed further – at times it seemed like we only had other people’s opinions of how special Tally was rather than being shown it. It would have been good to have felt like this book represented a new and exciting development for the author. But even without this, The dragonfly pool was a lovely summer weekend read.

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generalblossom From: generalblossom Date: July 2nd, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, i want to read it! But thanks for the warning about the underwhelmingness of it, I will probably wait to diminish my TBR a bit, her last novels were lovely but not quite as good as my utter favorites.

BTW have you ever read A Song for Summer? It´s also about a school, it´s one of the less romantic of her adult novels and not one of my utter favorites ( Countess and Morning Gift probably are) but it´s the one I want to reread soon!
emmaco From: emmaco Date: July 6th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I feel the same way about A song for summer - it was lovely but not a favourite (mine are Countess and Magic Flutes).

From: tanaudel.wordpress.com Date: July 22nd, 2008 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I will read and enjoy it anyway. I really like A Song for Summer because although I am aware of its flaws, it was my first adult Ibbotson, and therefore my first love of her books.
emmaco From: emmaco Date: July 22nd, 2008 06:27 am (UTC) (Link)
No need to meep, it was a lovely read still!
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