A Song for Summer

A Song for Summer

Book - 2006
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As Hitler's Reich casts its menacing shadow over Europe, Ellen Carr, daughter of a militant suffragette and raised to be an intellectual, takes a job in Austria as housemother at the Hallendorf School of Music, Drama and Dance. What she finds there is an eccentrically magical world.
Publisher: London : Young Picador, 2006
ISBN: 9780330444989
0330444980
Branch Call Number: YA PB Ibbot 3558ya 1
Characteristics: 423 p

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martha_w Apr 30, 2016

I liked this pretty well, in the sense that I like all of Ibbotson's historical fiction because of the amazing amount of detail she includes, bringing a time and a place fully to life, along with lots of wonderful characters. However, this one is a biiiiit meandering, and so I didn't really tear through it like I did some of her others. I also found the resolution of the central romance a trifle dissatisfying; however, full credit to Ibbotson for bringing pre-war Austria so vividly to life.

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sunshineagain
Jun 05, 2012

This is my least favorite Ibbotson book so far. The book goes off in so many directions and takes too long to cross paths and bring resolution. A disappointing ending and the evolution of the characters makes one dislike them instead of rooting for them.

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Jun 05, 2012

sunshineagain thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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