The Dragonfly Pool (Hardcover)

By Eva Ibbotson, Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)

Dutton Juvenile, 9780525420644, 416pp.

Publication Date: September 4, 2008

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (12/4/2008)
Paperback (10/15/2009)

List Price: 17.99*
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Fall 2008 Kids' List

“From the acclaimed author of gems such as The Star of Kazan and Which Witch? comes a lovely story of friendship and adventure. Combining elements of historical fiction, fantasy, and adventure, Ibbotson weaves a wonderful tale of individualism, loyalty, and imagination. Sure to engage readers of all ages and leave them with the delectable feeling of satisfaction that comes with reading a classic.”
— Megan Graves, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA
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At first Tally doesn’t want to go to the boarding school called Delderton. But she soon discovers that it is a wonderful place where freedom and selfexpression are valued. Tally organizes a ragtag dance troupe so the school can participate in an international folk dancing festival in Bergania in the summer of 1939. There she befriends Karil, the crown prince, who would love nothing more than to have ordinary friends and attend a school like Delderton. When Karil’s father is assassinated, it is up to Tally and her friends to help Karil escape the Nazis and the bleak future he has inherited.