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Monday, February 20, 2012
14. The Dragonfly Pool by Eva Ibbotson
"At first, Tally doesn't want to go to the boarding school called Delderton. But soon she discovers that it's a wonderful place, where freedom and self-expression are valued. Enamoured of Bergania, a serene and peaceful European country led by a noble king who refuses to bend to the Nazis, Tally organizes a ragtag school dance troupe to attend the international folkdancing festival of 1939 held in Begania. There she meets Karil, the crown prince, who wants nothing more than ordinary friends. But when Karil's' father is assassinated, it's up to Tally and her friends to help Karil escape the Nazis and the bleak future he's inherited."
This is a wonderful book for older children. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is enchanting. I found each of the characters to be interesting and unique. Rating: 4.5