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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,569 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eva Ibbotson Narrator: Patricia Conolly Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN:
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New York Times best-selling author Eva Ibbotson based much of this enthralling tale on her own experiences at boarding school.

In the Dragonfly Pool, in 1939 Europe, Tally is apprehensive about attending Delderton, for she has many fears about boarding school. But Delderton proves to be a wonderful place after all, even allowing her to form her own dance troupe. She also makes fast friends with Karil, a crown prince. But then Karil's father is assassinated, and Tally vows to help her friend escape from the Nazis. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Ann | 2/20/2014

    " Set in Hitler's rise to power. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 2/17/2014

    " I loved this! It put me in mind of The Penderwicks- just a wonderfully happy vibe, even with some less than happy topics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 2/12/2014

    " Lovely for adults as well as older children x "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Worthreading Strocel | 2/7/2014

    " Written by the same author as Journey to the River Sea, this book explores the very different lives of children during the days before World War II. It tells an adventure story, where a group of children from a progressive school in England travel for a cultural dance festival in Bergania, and subsequently help the overthrown Berganian prince escape after his father, the king, is assassinated by the Nazis. While I would have liked to see more historical facts and details in the storytelling, I concede that this really was not the point of the story. The main theme appears to be how we need to work at discovering who we really are, and we have the duty to both respect our families and discover our own paths. This book also made me think about the Best Practices ideals of teaching, as the Delderton Hall school allowed its students to discover their own paths through interactive, hands-on, and meaningful activities. Overall, this book would be useful as a read-aloud or as a resource for exploring different methods of instruction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina Laffoon | 2/2/2014

    " Kinda slow but pretty interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luann | 1/23/2014

    " When I added this to my list, I thought it was another fantasy book by Ibbotson - and even the title and the cover didn't clue me in that it wasn't. Turns out, though, that this is a very nice work of historical fiction set mostly in England during the time right before and then during WWII. The book does have a touch of magical fairy tale flavor to it, though, as a group of children go to Bergania for a dance festival and end up helping the crown prince of that country escape when the Nazis take over his country. The main characters are quite likeable. I enjoyed this a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jules Butler | 1/22/2014

    " I read this book as an audiobook, I loved it to bits! It is a great book i would recommend reading. It is so uplifting and makes you want to do more for our world. You can escape through reading this book and feel at ease and peaceful. So i would recommend either listening or reading this book for sure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eggy | 1/16/2014

    " When one of my friends' ask me if I have read the dragonfly pool, I always remember endless nights, with my mother shouting at me to put the book down and get some sleep because it is a school night. But let me tell you from the start, once you start reading it,you cannot put it down. Although it is a book about children struggling at war times, such as (Carrie's War), it has very funny parts. It's main character is Tally Hamilton, a girl who beleives in that there is other things to think about other from the stupid war. I do recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amara | 1/15/2014

    " Reread january and February 2012. One of Eva Ibbotson's books for children. Also one of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvonne | 12/27/2013

    " Great book for children. We listened to it during a car ride. All of us (6 year old to parents) enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandee | 12/20/2013

    " The Dragonfly Pool offers solid character development and an interesting plot centered around the time of Hitler. I enjoyed this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tatorstevie | 12/10/2013

    " my favorite book by Eva Ibbotson. Definitely worth reading, no matter what age you are. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daria | 12/6/2013

    " I'd actually give this one a 3.5. I think this would be a great read for 5th & 6th graders who like boarding school stories with a little adventure mixed in. It was a fun read--a little predictable, but definitely enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 12/4/2013

    " Eva Ibbotson has become a favorite author; she is a great story teller, appealing to the young hero within us all and able to set her stories in a variety of times and places. The messages reflect a more modern ethos, but are timeless. I must go look up Schopenhauer now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 11/19/2013

    " This is my second Ibbotson book and I think she is just not my cup of tea. The book is well written and very sweet. There is nothing bad about it. It just didn't really interest me. I found myself skimming to be done with it. But it is still three stars because I think it is a good story well told. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amie | 9/17/2013

    " This is a young read. I love her writing style and will read this to my kids. It is set in Europe, pre world war II. I love the main character, Tally. She wants to help everyone! A fun story about friendship and destiny. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teea | 9/3/2013

    " Stuffy, and slow. She's a fine author and I've enjoyed her other novels but I believe in her attempt to recapture her own childhood days in boarding school she forced this one. It had it's moments, but overall I'd suggest you skip this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 8/21/2013

    " The story was cute but the writing was up and down. Sometimes clever and well written, sometimes bland and tedious. Overall a nice story. Fine for young teens. Some nice history and lots of random "british" references that I had to google. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolina | 8/16/2013

    " Entirely awe inspiring. It left me crying of heart-ache and jumping for joy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B | 3/28/2013

    " lovely, delightful book. Some historical and adventure. grades 5,6,7 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alix | 3/13/2013

    " I loved this book! It's about children during WWII and about the power of friendship to bridge war and culture. It may be a children's book, but adults will love it too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 2/19/2013

    " Eva Ibbotson writes the sweetest books with the most delightful characters - this one did not disappoint. Ibbotson's trademarks are here - small unknown countries, an unusual boarding school, a lot of love. Definitely recommended to anyone looking for a satisfying and well-written children's book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candycloud | 1/19/2013

    " Took ages to read, but brilliant ending! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 12/25/2012

    " This was every bit as good as The Star of Kazan, which I loved. A memorable heroine, more German-speaking lands mixed with Britishness at its best, and funny mixed with bittersweet. I got this from the library, but I want to own my own copy, because I know I'll read it more than once. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Akila | 5/4/2012

    " I liked the story and plot.... It had tons of AMAZING era characters and descriptions. Overall a great book that is a nice read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwen | 4/14/2012

    " Picked this up to familiarize myself with the latest Ibbotson book, and am quite happily more involved in it than expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Muqaddessa | 1/9/2012

    " This is a really good book I'm still reading it. And so far it's really good. My English teacher told me about Eva Ibbotson and this book. It's a very unusual book with the boarding school. It's not like any other boarding school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 AlienDog | 11/14/2011

    " The best book I have read in a long time. The people and places come alive and jump off the pages. The only thing I didn't like was that it had to end. I will eagerly check out more books by Eva Ibbotson. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 8/22/2011

    " I found this book boring. The character development wasn't all that wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sound586 | 5/1/2011

    " Found this book quite enjoyable. It's interesting to read about ww2 through the eyes of a young girl. I enjoyed the author's note and that many characters and some settings are from her childhood experiences, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisa | 4/23/2011

    " I'm not sure why I loved this book so much. It was just good--simple, clean, well-written. It reminded me a little of Guernsey Literary Potato Peel or Bloomability. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/13/2011

    " I know I've marked this as finished, but I actually haven't finished. I just couldn't do it. I'm marking it two stars because the start was amazing, and really hooking. But the ending just wasn't hooking for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/12/2011

    " A classic Ibbotson tale, with her signature fairy-tale style combined with lovable characters, making for a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 3/28/2011

    " This is a great book as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annika | 3/27/2011

    " another great example of Eva Ibbotson's woderfukl fantasy and writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 3/21/2011

    " This was so cool to read because it had adventure and freedom. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Rose | 3/20/2011

    " This is a okay book... i mean.... eva ibbotson is my favorite author "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janel | 3/16/2011

    " THis was an easy read, would be enjoyed by young girls. Definitely not on my favorite list, but it was fine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 3/3/2011

    " Going on a little mini-Ibbotson kick, I went on to The Dragonfly Pool It was a sweet story and very much of a piece with her books for older readers. It didn't quite have the same depth or complexity though, and I missed that. [Feb. 2011] "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 2/25/2011

    " This was a good book and i really liked it. I taught me about places around the world. Which I never new about. I thought that this was a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophia | 2/7/2011

    " This book was very good because it was exciting and there was always something happening so there were never any boring moments. It is set in England and
    then in the Jungle. It is a book about immigration, friendship and the genre is adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/17/2011

    " Set in Hitler's rise to power. "

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About the Author
Author Eva Ibbotson

Eva Ibbotson (1925–2010) was born in Vienna, but when the Nazis came to power her family fled to England and she was sent to boarding school. She became a writer while bringing up her four children, and her bestselling novels have been published around the world. Her books have won and been shortlisted for many prizes.