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The Dragonfly Pool by Eva Ibbotson
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May 20, 2010

it was ok
Read in May, 2010

This book was fairly enjoyable, but I had to give it 2 stars simply because it was so incredibly similar to "A Song for Summer." Tally goes to a progressive school where the dance teacher has the children give birth to themselves and pretend to be forks. Sound familiar? It's nearly word-for-word identical to Ibbotson's previous work.

Having said that, this book has all the pieces that make Ibbotson's work so enjoyable; beautiful writing, a well-developed cast of secondary characters, lovingly described scenery, and dastardly nazis. Tally, identical to all of Ibbotson's heroines, is courageous and sweet-natured while simultaneously being very stubborn. The friendship that develops between Tally and Karil is particularly sweet, though the friendship between Tally and all the secondary characters is touching.

Also, as with Ibbotson's other works, some of the coincidences are really too remarkable to be believable. All of the villians, nazis and others, are all really just caricatures rather than dimensional beings.

Essentially, it's unecessary to read Ibbotson's entire body of work. All the novels are basically the same with some minor changes in secondary cast.
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