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Carola Storms the Chalet School (The Chalet School #23)

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Carola is tired of forever travelling around the world and being taught by a string of governesses. She longs to go to an "ordinary school", where she can have real lessons and be with girls of her own age. She feels that she must run away to the Chalet School.
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Published January 1st 1968 by Armada (first published 1951)
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LH Johnson
It's interesting to look back at the phases of Chalet School life. We have the glorious idealism of the early Tyrol phase; epitomised in moments such as Madge going, "Well, I thought I'd start a school." Later in the series, around the war books (say Highland Twins and Lavender in particular), we get some intense and searing social commentary wrapped up in a pseudo-simple girls' school story. Later still, we get the second (third?) generation of family pupils to attend the school and the whole ' ...more
Sue
Another Chalet School book, which I acquired in hardback form a year or two ago, and which is - as so many - all the better for having the original text even if it's a bit long-winded in places. In this story, Carola is a determined but somewhat thoughtless young teenager who is bored with travelling around the world with her aunt, and runs away to the Chalet School. She has not considered her aunt's feelings, or what the school might do with her - or even whether they would allow her to stay - ...more
Celia Powell
I don't really remember reading this before - I don't remember the character of Carola, particularly - but I do remember the Sale they have in this book, with the magnificent doll's house, and the competition at the Sale to win the doll's house. I wanted that doll's house, man.

Anyway, Carola "storms" the Chalet School by running away from her Evil Aunt and joining the girls on the train and pretending she was already enrolled (she'd bought herself a brown blouse and skirt to fit in). She's disco
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Deborah
I do like the St Briavels ones, despite the high EBDism rate. This one sees the return of Biddy O'Ryan (yay!), the departure of Grizel Cochrane (well - it's not entirely clear whether she actually leaves at the end of this book or the next one, but yay anyway), Hilary Burn winning a wet T-shirt competition (first prize - a doctor), a fabulous doll's house (probably my favourite of all the ones Tom makes), and more Clem than Mary-Lou (always a good thing). My copy is paperback, so probably has hu ...more
Tria
If you can overlook the painfully of-their-era cultural appropriation and casual racism, and the lack of suspense when anyone's life is threatened... well, that goes for most of the proper Chalet School series, since all were originally published between 1920 and 1970...

Anyway, if you can, "Carola" is one of the most interesting and entertaining books in the series otherwise, and the eponymous Carola Johnstone (Carola, not Carõla, "without any accent whatsoever") makes for one of the most vivid
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Donna Boultwood
Lovely tale, back in the old format with a new girl and a couple of disasters!
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I have to hand it to EMBD that I haven’t read many classic school stories where the heroine’s opinion of home-education is so low that she runs away TO school; yet by what appears on the surface to be a praiseworthy action, turns out to be littered with complications (a ready supply of pocket money being just one).

I do so love the quaintly humorous lesson on the importance of wearing ‘stout underclothes’ (p.150) Honestly, the mind boggles!
Sarah
Carola is sick and tired of traveling around the world with her cousin, she wants to go to the Chalet School! With Carola, once she's got the idea in her head, nothing will stop her. She manages to buy most of the clothes she will need, and sneaks off whilst her cousin is busy boarding a boat for their next holiday. She makes her way to the Chalet School, and once there, tries to blend in as if she were a new girl.
Sarah Adamson
I think all Chalet school fans can sympathise with Carola's desire to run away to the Chalet School. Carola is a slightly unusual girl - heroic and selfless. I like this book a lot even though I don't like the island books as much.
Carolynne
Carola wants so badly to attend the Chalet School that she runs away from her guardian to attend. Better than average entry in the popular series.
Sally
Carola is brilliant fun! She runs away to GO to school because the Chalet School is just that awesome XD
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