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A Chalet Girl from Kenya (The Chalet School #33)

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Armada white spined paperback, 1990. Good clean copy with no writing or marking. There is a faint diagonal crease along the front cover, corners are slightly frayed and there is shelf wear to the edges and spine. Inside the pages are slightly yellowed which is normal for these editions, but there is no NO writing or marking, torn or bent pages or anything of that kind.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 30th 2005 by Girls Gone By (first published 1955)
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One of the more interesting of the series. Jo Scott is a good character, well-drawn and not too "Mary Sue"-ish, despite the award she gets.

Of course, as is bound to be the case with any CS book with a white girl who has spent most of her life living in a country that doesn't have a white majority (in this case Kenya, as per the title), there is a good deal of cultural appropriation that takes place - though markedly less racism than in most books of its kind. If you can grit your teeth through t
Jo Scott, unofficial goddaughter to Jo Maynard, arrives at the Chalet School while her parents are abroad. Better than average, this is a moving book in a few places, with some surprises.

A lot of day-to-day school descriptions makes this book feel a bit samey; this is part of the sequence set in the Swiss Oberland, in the 1950s. But Jo Scott manages to be a very likeable girl despite having no remarkable abilities. She's kind, sensible and courageous.

Nothing special about the book, and not a go
Jan 11, 2014 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's all going to go downhill from here - Jack has had a gate cut in the boundary between the School and Freudesheim. Bit of a run of the mill Chalet - the most notable thing about is the cover, which has to be one of the worst CS paperback covers ever (and let's face it, there's a lot to choose from).
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Jun 17, 2014 Sarah Adamson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I didn't get the chance to read this book as a child but my parents found it for my adult collection. This is a great book and I love Jo Scott who is in many ways one of the most realistic people in the books. She makes mistakes, she gets into trouble, she makes friends and doesn't like some people - and then she is a hero.
Not a favourite, though it could definitely do with a re-read.

Jo Scott from Kenya and Gay Lambert from China were just so British! The titles make them sound so foreign but then they're barely any different to the others - a few minor things of note when growing up, but otherwise they're as British as the next girl.
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