The Chalet School in Exile (The Chalet School #14)
Now, in this classic series of books, first published in the 1920s, join the Chalet School's first pupil, Joey Bettany, as she forges strong bonds of friendship with girls from Europe and America. Independent, intelligent, res ...more
In a way, Elinor M. Brent-Dyer's plot for this entire book was a necessary one: her fictional boarding school was located in the magnificent idy ...more
Published in 1940, it became part of the narrative of the Second World War. Authors working in this time had roughly two choices (she says, generalising massively). They could either acknowledge the war - address it - or ignore ...more
This was one of my favourite books as a child; it combines two of what I thought as a child were the best settings for girl's stories: boarding schools and the second world war. The fact that the second world war is a really good setting is probably just due to growing up with children's literature in the 1970s and 1980s when it was a fairly major sub genre probably because many of the people writing children's books at the time had been children themselves in the war. This book is different to...more
For me, I was really quite saddened when the School leaves the Tiernsee for Guernsey. I found it to be a pivotal moment in the book, and although Guernsey was probably a nice place, it could never take the place of Tyrol.
Robin surprised me a lot in this book. I was still expecting her to be the clingy, angelic little girl that EB ...more
Easily the worst for editing! Did Chambers actually *have* an editor for this book? It's not just the inconsistencies with previous books in the series - I can forgive those, it was a different world then - it's the inconsistencies within the book itself, even *within chapters*, that spoil what would otherwise undoubtedly be the best Chalet of them all.