“Ibbotson, who grew up in Austria and fled the Nazis herself, provides rich details of prewar life in Vienna and the alpine countryside. A lively read.” -Library Journal
Ellen Carr lived an unusual life in England with her suffragette mother and liberated aunts, so for her to say that Hallendorf School in the Austria countryside is strange is a stretch of the imagination in Eva Ibbotson’s novel A Song for Summer (1997). But Hallendorf does have wild children, wild teachers, dancers and a tortoise on wheels.
It is also where she meets and is strongly attracted to Marek, who is both a gardener and a fencing teacher. But that is not all he is.
As Hitler’s Reich is encroaching on their small piece of paradise, Marek’s true colors and identity come out as does his dangerous mission. And finally Ellen realizes the true depth of her feelings for him and how it could prove to be very dangerous.
A Song for Summer can be found in your local library, the website for the Bergen County Cooperative Library system can be found here or at your local Barnes and Noble in Hackensack.
A Song for Summer is the fourth installment in Fiction month.
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