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Length: 372 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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 Nestle 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.

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  • File Size: 793 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Young Picador; New Edit/Cover edition (February 23, 2011)
  • Publication Date: February 23, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004P1JDTO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,357 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Scooty on July 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
This was the first Eva Ibbotson book I read and it made me a fan for life. It's a completely captivating love story filled with colorful details about opera, art, and royalty. It's also VERY funny, and I found myself repeatedly laughing at the comic antics of the opera company. I was perplexed when I read the one negative review--if the buyer wanted a "realistic" story, why did she buy a book of romantic fantasy? Yes, the heroine Tessa is a very good girl indeed, but I didn't find her unbelievable because of that. Cinderella was a good girl too, but we cheered when she got her Prince Charming. Magic Flutes is a Cinderella story for grown ups, as sweet as a piece of cake and just as much fun to devour. (written by Sandra Kelley)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Clare Cannon on February 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
Ibbotson's writing is entrancing, and this is another un-put-down-able romance for teen girls. Thankfully there are none of the direct 'scenes' that appear in some of her other books for older readers, though a few mature-theme references prevent it being suitable for under 13s. As it is, we'd keep it for 15+.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AUPoohBear on April 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
Found on the docks at Newcastle-upon-Tyme, Guy is a foundling who spent his earliest years at the Foundling Home fighting any perceived insult or injustice. At the age of 6 he was adopted by the widow Martha Hodge, who saw his potential and loved him unconditionally. Guy worked hard to please Martha and turned his energy to his studies. After attending University in Vienna, Guy came home changed and determined to make millions. Now, in 1922, he has become a multi-millionaire and is rich enough to buy a castle. He decides to buy Pfaffenstein castle to woo back his lady love who rejected him years ago when he was poor. Tessa was born and bred the Princess of Pfaffenstein but is now a republican and working backstage at a Vienna opera company for free because she loves music so much. She encounters Guy backstage when he comes to hire the opera company for his engagement house party. She is struck by his kindness to her but knows he will go away and she'll never see him again. When the opera company is engaged to perform Mozart's Magic Flutes at Pfaffenstein, Tessa is torn between her duties to her station and her heart. Should she marry Maxi, a prince who lives in a damp and crumbling home or can she help patronize the arts? Will Guy actually marry the spoiled beauty he believes he loves? Those are the questions that kept me turning the pages long into the night. This is a typical Ibbotson romance novel with a doe-eyed virtuous heroine who tried her hardest to please everyone and an older man of the world. The book is filled with beautiful descriptions and historical details of pre- WWII Austria and a number of quirky characters. Though she does reuse the same formula and same elements of previous stories, this is a sweet, funny and charming romance novel for teens and adults.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Ney-Grimm on August 13, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Magic Flutes was recommended by another writer, someone whose work I adore. I know her to be a demanding reader (I'm a demanding reader), so I had high hopes. That was likely the problem. I expected a great deal, too much. The story was a bit predictable for me. The protagonist was likeable...but didn't have that extra spark. I had hoped to discover another author to join the ranks of my favorites. No go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bookish one on January 7, 2014
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If I hadn't been urged to read this book by somebody I highly respect, I would never have chosen it on my own. The somewhat cheesy cover art would have been enough to turn me off - too Harlequin for this girl. Well, am I ever glad I took my friend's advise and gave it a try. What a wonderful little novel. Highly literate and exceptionally well-written, this is a fairy tale for grown-ups, and smart grown-ups at that. There are plenty of the characters you would expect to find in a fairy tale including a down-on-her-luck princess and a roguish leading man. Throw in a castle and most of the ingredients for a fairy tale are in place. But none of that adds up to what you might think is a typical story. No, Ibbotson is a masterful writer and captivates you right from the start. There is just enough tartness in her character descriptions and plot to keep you interested and amused. So set aside any feelings of world-weary cynicism and just let yourself be immersed in a thoroughly enchanting and, dare I say it?, magical book.
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