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When my young niece introduced me to Eva Ibbotson's books a few years back, I was struck by how much they reminded me of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic books for children. Anyone, young or old, whose has enjoyed reading The Secret Garden or A Little Princess, or has seen the excellent film adaptations of those books by Agnieszka Holland and Alfonso Cuarón respectively, will greatly enjoy Eva Ibbotson's books. (Alfonso Cuarón, by the way, directed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azhkaban.)

The books of Eva Ibbotson's that I have read (so far) are Journey to the River Sea (another name for the Amazon), The Star of Kazan and The Dragonfly Pool. Another book of hers, The Secret of Platform 13, is said to have inspired J.K. Rowling's famous platform at King's Cross (and Eva Ibbotson is said not to have minded this in the least).

Eva Ibbotson, who was born just a few months after Frances Hodgson Burnett's death, died peacefully at home in October 2010, aged 85. An excellent obituary appeared here, and a good summary of her work will be found here.

For bookworms...

[The Guardian Book Club]
[Alison's book posts]
[Brian's Place - The Book Corner]