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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,570 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eva Ibbotson Narrator: Tracy-Ann Oberman Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN:
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One of the most eagerly awaited children's novels of the year, The Dragonfly Pool is the new historical epic from the best-selling, multi-award-winning author of Journey to the River Sea.

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 and interesting place than Tally ever imagined, and she soon falls in love with its eccentric staff and pupils. Now she's even organizing an exciting school trip to the kingdom of Bergania... although Tally never expected to meet the prince.

Prince Karil hates his life at the palace and he is only truly happy when he escapes to the dragonfly pool, a remote spot in the forests of Bergania. Then Karil meets a feisty English girl who brings the promise of adventure. But his country is under threat, and the prince soon looks to his new friend Tally for survival as well as friendship... 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 Lynn | 2/20/2014

    " Delightful! This was classic Ibbotson and was a perfect comfort read for me. I listened to this on audio and I found myself taking the long way home and doing extra chores just to keep listening. Ibbotson has a charming old-fashioned feel to her stories that I adore. This book is peopled with wonderful characters, both children and adults, who quite firmly know what is right and what should be fought for. The humor is wonderful and the "progressive" school not only made my smile but also made me wish I could teach there! I loved hearing the author's note that she had really gone to a school like Delterton. The background menace of WWII added a serious note to the sweetness of the story but was well handled. Happy endings all around made this a completely satisfying read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mylisa | 2/18/2014

    " 3.5 if I was allowed half stars. I've always liked Eva Ibbotson's weirdness and her first lines but this one was sweeter than usual while still being just like her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonima Masum | 2/18/2014

    " a well written encouraging novel.made me realize how the smallest deed of one can have massive effect of some other things... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Viktoria | 2/12/2014

    " the description on the back sounded more exciting than the story actually is. ibbotson wanted to tell a story about how strong children can get when they are friends and fighting for the right thing. not a bad thing to tell at all, but to set this in a phantasy-world with a kind of nazi country threatening a very small and very good country s just a lame setting. and i felt like: yeah, i know and i got it, nazis are bad, what's new about that? i was annoyed with this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fashiongirlgoldberg | 2/10/2014

    " I really enjoyed it, Eva Ibbotson is a fantastic author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth Knight | 1/24/2014

    " 3.5 stars. Some parts were a little far-fetched and unbelievable but still pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi Saunders | 1/18/2014

    " Cute book - clean and a fast read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clay | 1/17/2014

    " Maybe four and a half stars. Liked this a lot and think kids will too. I gave it to my eleven-year-old niece for Christmas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Demere | 1/3/2014

    " I loved this book! I think that I was just in the perfect mood to read it. I love Ibbotson's characters, and I love how the book incorporates themes of individuality, good triumphing over evil, and how one little, person can make a difference. It was a wonderful, feel-good read when I needed a lift. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosesensei | 12/31/2013

    " "I can make a difference--just me" kind of attitude to encourage girls that they count and that they can stand for what they believe until the ultimate end. Also, how the bond of friendship can truly be a strong and lasting bond. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline Skelly heywood | 12/2/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book and this writer. will definately be reading more of her stuff.xx "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ComWa | 11/23/2013

    " I LOVE THIS AUTHOR!!! I did not read this one yet! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teea | 11/13/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marla | 10/9/2013

    " Maine Student Book Award 2009-2010 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 9/21/2013

    " This book wasn't what I expected it to be but I enjoyed it. The descriptions of characters were very clear and the writing smooth flowing. The main characters are children who are strong and anxious to help out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/29/2012

    " A rather sweet book about the Holocaust. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DeeAnn | 10/13/2012

    " Tally saw Bergania, a small little country and fell in love with it, so when she has a chance to dance with a group in Bergania she works hard to go. There, she meets the prince whose father is assassinated and she and her friends help the prince. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick Henry | 8/18/2012

    " Eva Ibbotson does wonderful historical fiction. This is a great one to listen to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raejean | 3/16/2012

    " We read this for our family book club. It's a middle grade book with a sweet story about being good and true. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine Harvey | 1/7/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josie | 11/11/2011

    " If ever there was a book to restore your faith in the goodness of human nature, then this is it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly Staron | 11/5/2011

    " Cute - I loved this author when I was a kid. Now it's a Battle of the Books book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 9/5/2011

    " I really liked this book. It reminded be of The Mysterious Benedict Society. I loved the boarding school that they went to. "

  • 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.

About the Narrator

Tracy-Ann Oberman is an actress and also writes a column for the Guardian. She studied drama at Manchester and spent four years at the Royal Shakespeare Company.