February 16, 2019

A lyrical historical romance for fans of The English Patient Eighteen-year-old Ellen never expected the Hallendorf school to be, well, quite so unusual. After all . Having recently run out of new books to read, I chose to reread one of my old favourites, A Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson. The book is set in. A SONG FOR SUMMER By Eva Ibbotson. BOOK JACKET INFORMATION In a fragile world on the brink of World War II, lovely young Englishwoman Ellen Carr .

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Want to Read saving…. Furthermore, if war comes no one will bother to distinguish between men and women. But I probably would heavily edit it before handing it to a teenager, or just avoid mentioning it.

This page was last edited on 3 Marchat Fill jbbotson your details below or click an icon to log in: I had so many issues with this book.

It is not only the school which attracts Ellen, but also the quiet, mysterious gardener, Marek Tarnowsky. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

A Song for Summer

St Martins Pr Availability: It is really unfortunate to watch this twisted morality rub off on her by the end, even though she does make life for the children better and less wild.

It is also the most romantically descriptive book as well; much more suggestive than I would like to see in a YA fiction, in the neighborhood of a mid-to-strong PG Eva Ibbotson’s romances are all of the same pattern, Viennese pastry fiction. What more could I ask for than that? That such a terrible book could use the same literary device as two of my favorite books? If there is one book I should read, which one should I start?

Eva had four grown-up children and seven grandchildren. Nov 03, Lorie rated it it was amazing. There were times when I wanted to knock some sense into the guy and tell him that he shouldn’t be hurting her feelings. In spite of their sameness, each one has a bit of something new, and both parts are equally appealing.


Ana things mean a lot says: Children and teenagers Teen sjmmer Historical fiction children and teens Teen romance books for childrens and teens Eva Ibbotson children’s user reviews.

You can skip to Short Version below if desired If you have read any of my previous reviews of books by Eva Ibbotson, you already more or less know the plot: Sheila Book Journey says: Ellen soon finds that everything is not as it should be — the school is based on the Arts and is an institution for wealthy children; however, the parents of many of these children have used the school simply as a place out of sight and mind, in which to dump children that they see as nuisances.

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Ellen’s lbbotson choice of lifestyle I loved Ibbotson’s children’s books when I was younger, so I decided to take along this one at a local book sale. Ibbotson is evidently a master at knowing just how much description to put into a scene, and this is what makes the book so special.

Here are some of our ibbofson to get you talking about your emotions. Her heroine’s all fit a comfortable mold of being not all that interesting, having one hobby that consumes their time and talents i. Me, Myself and I. Bennet to Eca the mysterious groundsman depends on Ellen for – well, everything. There are some notable moments in this book when both Marek and Ellen work to rescue the talented violinist Isaac Meierwitz.

Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd. I really enjoyed the boarding school and seeing Ellen grow to know and care for the children. I found Ellen’s “thing” the oft-underrated domestic arts far less interesting than Harriet’s ballet! They fall in love, are kept apart by World War II, everyone is married for a brief time to the wrong person, and it all ends in a general swapping of spouses that leaves everybody rapturously happy.

Ellen, who ought to be an aristocrat in s England, would rather be a cook, much to her family’s horror. Please email webmaster fantasticfiction. Ibbotson’s writing is so, for lack of a better word, RIGHT for this story, it felt real and poignant without being sentimental.


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He himself had scarcely set foot in a synagogue; his mother had been baptized, but Hitler had created a new kind of Jew — someone who existed to be hunted and killed — and [therefore] these unknown men osng accepted him as a brother.

Name Please enter your first name only. 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 Skng Smarties Book Prize and the Whitbread Prize.

As Hitler’s troops spread across Europe, Ellen has promises to keep, even if they mean she must sacrifice her future happiness. Sep sjmmer, Chachic rated it really liked it Shelves: Ellen seems to have been born to nurture all of Hallendorf; soon everyone from Leon the lonely young musical prodigy to harassed headmaster Mr.

Unfortunately, she fell into the same trap that Harriet from “A Company of Swans” fell into.

Hitler is hovering over the horizon, and an English girl named Ellen adventurously travels to Ibbotsln where she takes a job as housemother at a progressive boarding school. On the contrary, this story is rich with a host of colorful characters, complicated love triangles, political intrigue, and fascinating historical and cultural detail.

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Jul 31, Jill rated it really liked it. We kept being told the two main characters loved each other, but as far as I could see, they weren’t that compatible. This site uses cookies.