Londra, 1939: Tally Hamilton è furiosa, non ha alcuna voglia di lasciare la sua famiglia e la città per andare in un lontano collegio di campagna. E tutto a causa della stupida guerra. Delderton però si dimostra un luogo molto più interessante di quanto lei avesse immaginato: circondata da nuovi amici organizza un viaggio che si rivela pieno di sorprese. Intanto, nel regno di Bergania, il principe Karil odia la sua vita a palazzo ed è veramente felice solo quando riesce a sfuggire alle costrizioni che il suo ruolo gli impone. Finché non arriva, ospite del suo regno, un gruppo di ragazzi inglesi e lui si imbatte in Tally, che diventa la sua prima vera amica. Il pericolo nazista però incombe sulla famiglia reale e i due ragazzi finiscono tra i tentacoli di un pericoloso complotto.
- ISBN: 8862561296
- Casa Editrice: Salani
- Pagine: 390
To read a book that is pure pleasure is a gift, particularly when you've been reading a lot of so-so or merely okay books for a while. My history with Eva Ibbotson has been a kind of stilted one. As a librarian I've shelved her fantasies on a regular basis. As a reader I tasted one of her realistic
There's nothing quite out there that reaches Eva Ibbotson at her very best. She writes like buttery crumpets on a midwinter's day; hot, fat moments that can be tasted on your tongue, warmth in every word and that magical storytelling quality that makes nothing else matter but the read. An Ibbotson b Leggi tutto
This novel for older children -- 11 to 13 is probably the ideal age, but my almost 14 year old loved it -- is a good example of the Ibbotson oeuvre. I was working on a unit of Ibbotson books, and having read about seven of them in a row (not to mention those I've read in the past), a clear pattern o Leggi tutto
surprisingly awful,especially given that it was partially based on ibbotson's own childhood experiences. it offers badly rehashed themes from ibbotson's other (better) books and unintentionally trivializes war with its simplistic characters and almost unbelievable naivette.
I have read many books by Eva Ibbotson. She almost always has a female character that is innately good. She affects others by her lack of knowing how great she really is and she can move people to action. What I liked about this book is it came about because of Eva's own experience at bording school Leggi tutto
This had a more cohesive plot than the last Ibbotson I read (Journey to the River Sea). I enjoyed the historical accuracy and that Ibbotson wanted to tackle something as serious as the Nazis in middle grade fiction. However, I think I just prefer her magical works more than those placed firmly in re Leggi tutto
Everyone should own this book
The Dargonfly Pool is the last of the Ibbotson 'adventure classics' series and the only one to have not won a Nestle Children's Book Prize and it's easy to see why. The books is good but lacks the magic of "Journey to the River Sea" and "star of Kazan". Or I should say the second half of the book di Leggi tutto
This is the first Ibbotson book that I have read and I truly enjoyed it. The story has the feel of a well-written classic such as The Secret Garden. Ibbotson was born in 1925, and many of her books are based on her own life as a non-practicing Jewish girl during WWII, so perhaps that is why. This bo Leggi tutto
I really, really, loved this book and I can't entirely explain why. It takes place during WWII; the main character, Tally, has been sent to a boarding school in the British countryside called Delderton. It's no ordinary boarding school, though; the children are allowed to basically set their own cur Leggi tutto
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