Tally reluctantly leaves her physician father to attend a
unique boarding school called Delderton. Her father doesn't
want her to go, either, but is worried because the Nazis
are moving through Europe and bombing is expected to start
in England. Tally will be much safer at Delderton.
And indeed, the peaceful countryside where Delderton is
located seems far removed from her home. Tally, being a
child who is much older emotionally than her years would
indicate, immediately begins to connect with the other
students. She sees a film about the peaceful country of
Bergania and finds herself drawn to visit there to meet the
king who has bravely defied the Nazis. So, never one to
rest on her laurels, Tally finds out that Bergania is
holding a 1939 international folk dancing festival and she
convinces other students to form a dance troupe.
In Bergania, the students witness heartbreaking tragedy but
are able to help the crown Prince Karil. Tally and Karil
connect with a friendship that even the adults recognize
will last a lifetime.
This is a beautiful, beautiful book. Designed for young
adults, I recommend it to everyone. The elegant writing and
wonderful people populating the pages of THE DRAGONFLY POOL
will fill you to overflowing with emotion. I can't say
enough good things about this talented writer and her
story. I will certainly be reading more of her work.
At first Tally doesn’t want to go to the boarding school
called Delderton. But she soon discovers that it is a
wonderful place where freedom and selfexpression are
valued. Tally organizes a ragtag dance troupe so the school
can participate in an international folk dancing festival
in Bergania in the summer of 1939. There she befriends
Karil, the crown prince, who would love nothing more than
to have ordinary friends and attend a school like
Delderton. When Karil’s father is assassinated, it is up to
Tally and her friends to help Karil escape the Nazis and
the bleak future he has inherited.