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Author: Eva Ibbotson
Illustrator: Kevin Hawkes
Released: September 4, 2008
Ages: Grades 5-8.
World War II, Historical
Eleven-year-old Tally doesnít want to leave
London for boarding school in the country, but with Hitler
amassing power and war on the horizon, her father insists.
Tally expects Delderton to be full of posh bullies and cruel
teachers, but it turns out to be a place where the students
are free to learn in their own way. When the school is
invited to participate in an international folk-dancing
festival in Ibbotson-imagined Bergania, where the king has
gained notoriety for refusing Hitlerís demands, Tally
overcomes all odds to put together a troupe. In Bergania,
Tally and Karil, the lonely crown prince, become fast
friends, and after the king is assassinated, she and her
friends smuggle Karil out of Bergania, intending to hide him
at their school. While selfless, optimistic Tally is a
little too good, Ibbotsonís trademark eccentric characters
and strongly contrasted principles of right and wrong
brighten and broaden this uplifting tale. The thrilling war
story, complete with chase scenes, clashes at first with the
nostalgic school tale, but they eventually come together in
celebration of freedom of all kinds.
Indian in the Cupboard Study
primary aged students this study guide has learning outcomes in key
areas such as English, Art and Society and Environment.
The movie, the book with many lesson
plans and activities, the map, the
games and the toys