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Eva Ibbotson

  • 5 stars across 39 books
    Eva Ibbotson was born in Vienna in 1925 and moved to England with her father when the Nazis came into power. Ibbotson wrote more than twenty books for children and young adults, many of which garnered nominations for major awards for children's literature in the UK, including the Nestle Smarties Book Prize and the Whitbread Prize. Eva's critically acclaimed Journey to the River Sea won the Smarties Gold Medal in 2001. Set in the Amazon, it was written in honour of her deceased husband Alan, a former naturalist. Imaginative and humorous, Eva's books often convey her love of nature, in particular the Austrian countryside, which is evident in works such as The Star Of Kazan and A Song For Summer. Eva passed away at her home in Newcastle on October 20th 2010. Her final book, One Boy and His Dog, was published in May 2011 and has been nominated Children's Book of the Year at the 2011 Galaxy National Book Awards.
    8th May 2014

    Journey to the River Sea

    An Amazon adventure set in the wilderness of Brazil, Journey to the River Sea is filled with mystery and memorab... More

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    8th May 2014

    The Dragonfly Pool

    The Dragonfly Pool by Eva Ibbotson is an enchanting tale of friendship and determination during the Second World... More

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    9th October 2014

    The Secret of Platform 13

    Under Platform 13 at King's Cross Station there is a secret door that leads to a magical island . . . It appear... More

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    10th September 2015

    Dial a Ghost

    With beautiful cover illustration by Alex T. Smith, creator of the Claude series, Dial a Ghost is a wonderfully ... More

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    2nd May 2013

    The Abominables

    A hundred years ago, in the Himalayan peaks of Nanvi Dar, the daughter of an English earl is kidnapped by a huge h... More

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    1st March 2012

    One Dog and His Boy

    But a dog would damage the expensive carpets in Hal's glamorous home, and his wealthy parents refuse to consider o... More

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    27th July 2017

    Hello Happy! Mindful Kids: An activity book for young people who sometimes feel sad or angry.

    Hello Happy! is an interactive self-care activity book for children aged 7+ to colour and doodle their way to happiness,... More

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    4th April 2008

    Which Witch?

    'Find me a witch!' cried Arriman the Awful, feared Wizard of the North. Arriman has decided to marry. His wife must be ... More

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    3rd March 2008

    Which Witch?

    Lenny's sister Leandra and her best friend Stacey are organising the St Sebastian's School disco and, to impress Stacey,... More

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    9th October 2014

    The Beasts of Clawstone Castle

    The Beasts of Clawstone Castle is a fantastically spooky adventure from the author of Dial a Ghost , Eva Ibbo... More

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