Eva Ibbotson (1925- )

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Eva Ibbotson (Maria Charlotte Michelle Wiesner) was born in Vienna, Austria, in the years before World War II. Her mother was a playwright and her father a scientist, but the marriage was unhappy and they soon went their separate ways. Eva's early childhood was spent shuttling back and forth in trains across Europe, from one parent to the other. When Hitler rose to power, Eva's father went to Great Britain, and her mother, after remarriage to a Russian philosopher, soon followed him. Eva switched languages and spent the rest of her childhood in a progressive boarding school, striving to become British. After taking a degree in Physiology at London University, she went on to do research at the University of Cambridge, but she found the experiments she had to perform on living animals very distressing. The results of her experiments were "peculiar," she relates, so when a fellow student, Alan Ibbotson, suggested she could do less harm to science by leaving it and marrying him, she accepted without hesitation. The couple moved to Newcastle, in the north of England, where they raised four children and Eva began writing short stories. When the youngest son started school, she wrote her first full-length novel for children and continued to write for children and adults alternately, much to the delight of her many readers.

Bibliography

The Secret of Platform 13
The Great Ghost Rescue
Which Witch?
A Countess Below Stairs
Magic Flutes
The Worm and the Toffee-nosed Princess
A Company of Swans
The Haunting of Hiram C. Hopgood
Madensky Square
Not Just a Witch
The Morning Gift
Dial-a-Ghost
Monster Mission
Island of the Aunts
Journey to the River Sea
The Star of Kazan
Beasts of Clawstone Castle