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Eva Ibbotson

  • 5 stars across 40 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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    3rd October 2019

    The Secret of Platform 13: 25th Anniversary Illustrated Edition

    Rediscover the magical secrets at King's Cross station in a 25th anniversary illustrated edition of Eva Ibbotson's c... More

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    9th October 2014

    Monster Mission

    Monster Mission by Eva Ibbotson is a fun fantasy adventure full of fantastical creatures and mythical monsters! ... More

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    8th May 2014

    The Star of Kazan

    Eva Ibbotson's hugely entertaining The Star of Kazan is a timeless classic for readers young and old. In 18... 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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    10th May 2002

    Journey to the River Sea

    It is 1910 and Maia, tragically orphaned at 13, has been sent from England to start a new life with distant relatives in... More

    (2 reviews)
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