It was with terrible sadness that I read the news that Eva Ibbotson died yesterday.
I discovered Ibbotson as a new school librarian and wondered why I had not found her earlier. I inhaled her ghost stories including The Great Ghost Rescue, The Haunting of Granite Falls, and Dial-a-Ghost which are wicked-funny as her displaced spirits do their best to survive in a modern world that really has no time for apparitions. Her novels The Star of Kazan and Journey to the River Sea have a heart-felt charm and elegance that are timeless.
Magic and fantasy overlay Island of the Aunts, The Secret of Platform 13 and Which Witch. The pairing of her stories with the cover art by Kevin Hawkes was an inspired choice.
Ellen Potter's The Kneebone Boy and Suzanne Selfors's novels continue of the tradition of "magical whimsy" that Ibbotson did so well.
I never read an Ibbotson novel that I didn't love.The closest I've ever come, as an adult, to recreating that time of reading "unconscious delight" that I knew as a child was when I was reading her works.
Reading Ibbotson is like taking a vacation to a time and world apart. Luckily I have still not read them all. I have many more trips to look forward to.