Magic Flutes Hardcover – Large Print, Jun 1992
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About the Author
Eva Ibbotson was born in Vienna in 1925 and moved to England with her father when the Nazis came to 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 Nestlé 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 20 October 2010. Her final book, One Boy and His Dog, was published in May 2011. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Part of the reason it's so easy to 'lose your heart' in Ibbotson's stories is that her female characters are superb. How she can make an ordinary looking, hard-working, self-sacrificing and kind-hearted girl look absolutely irresistible! Especially when contrasted with a miserably self-seeking, comically vain, narrow-minded drama queen. Yet somehow both characters retain an air of naturalness that makes them not only believable but actually seem to resemble people you know. Usefulness, generous hard work and small acts of service appear like the most beautiful things you've ever come across.
Even better is that these are precisely the qualities that make the young heroine irresistible for the Rochester-like hero; far from appearing bland or 'too good', her character is full to the brim and overflowing, he is captivated. But of course there are many obstacles in the way, that's what makes the story.
A far cry from the shallow infatuation of Twilight, Ibbotson offers a similarly heart-engulfing romance founded on something truly beautiful.