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The New House at the Chalet School (The Chalet School #11)

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  195 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Joey Bettany's last term at the Chalet School proves to be an unforgettable one. First, there is the opening of the new house and a bitter quarrel with its new matron.

Then the naughty Middles play a midnight hoax that backfires. There's a wild storm and a glorious picnic party before the term finally ends with an hilarious concert given by the newly formed and quite unmus
Paperback, 300 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Collins (first published 1935)
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Jun 16, 2015 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is complicated for me because my copy has lost two pages, the first one covering the description of the new house, the second when Jo's toothache starts. Who does that? Who tears two random pages out of a book? They don't know that it will eventually be owned by somebody who has already read it enough times that she can fill in the gaps herself, so it's just cruel.

It's another book packed with incidents which get referred to many times later in the series: who can forget Biddy's storie
Aug 30, 2014 Shawne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always one of my favourite Chalet School books - ahhh, for the good old days in the Tiernsee, when Jo Bettany was a mere schoolgirl and not the mother of 5,000 children - The New House holds up rather well through the years. Jo's reluctance to grow up and become an adult forms the larger story arc connecting the mostly episodic boarding school hijinks that serve as the basis for most of Elinor M Brent-Dyer's series, and in this instance, is particularly poignant as it really does mark the end of ...more
Celia Powell
Mar 15, 2008 Celia Powell rated it liked it
The 11th book is Jo's last term at school, and she finds that she and the rest of the quartet are to move into the new chalet that has been built, along with the middle school. To make up for the change (which Jo is cranky about, of course) she and the other prefects have their own private rooms.

They have a new Matron in the new chalet, who tries to institute new rules, and plenty of pranks are played on her. The Matron ends up holding a grudge against Jo, a cardinal sin in the Chalet world.

On a
Sarah Adamson
Jun 12, 2014 Sarah Adamson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a really enjoyable book - the 11th in the series. This features Joey and co moving to the new house - the Middles house. Adventures with a new and difficult matron, a jazz band and the usual exploratory adventures around the neighborhood!
Nov 19, 2010 Sue rated it really liked it
Eleventh in the lengthy Chalet School series, a book I had not read for at least twelve years, maybe more. It features Jo Bettany's last term at the Chalet School, where she is Head Girl. She and her four closest friends are shocked to find themselves moving to a new chalet as the most senior prefects. A new matron works there, who does not understand how the school works, and clashes with Jo. Despite being the abridged version, this was one of the better Chalet School books, with interesting su ...more
Donna Boultwood
Sep 16, 2014 Donna Boultwood rated it it was amazing
Another great book. Love the line "Great caesar's bath mat", I mean where does that come from!! Hilarious antics as usual, and another dodgy matron. Rather subdued ending, with it being jo's last days at school.
Apr 15, 2010 Carolynne rated it really liked it
The New House is St. Clare's, where Jo and her pals Frieda, Marie, and the insufferable Simone are assigned as prefects to the middles who reside there. The new officious Matron Besley makes things difficult for the prefects during their last year at the Chalet School. Jo, who finally has to face beginning to grow up, was more interesting as a schoolgirl than as a grown up mother of three, four, five--actually 11 children. A bittersweet entry in the series.
Vanessa Collier
Feb 12, 2012 Vanessa Collier rated it really liked it
Usually award a standard 3 to Chalet books because, much as I love them, they just do the job they set out to do. But this is one of my favourites, basically because it handles the theme of growing up so sensitively
I LOVE those school stories where suddenly there's a dreadful new Matron!
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Elinor M. Brent-Dyer was born as Gladys Eleanor May Dyer on 6th April 1894, in South Shields in the industrial northeast of England, and grew up in a terraced house which had no garden or inside toilet. She was the only daughter of Eleanor Watson Rutherford and Charles Morris Brent Dyer. Her father, who had been married before, left home when she was three years old. In 1912, her brother Henzell d ...more
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