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Shocks for the Chalet School (The Chalet School #25)

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In the few days before the beginning of term, Miss Annersley, Rosalie Dene and Matey receive the first two shocks of the book.

The first shock is the announcement - by telegram - of the imminent arrival of fire-raiser Emerence Hope (aged thirteen and eleven months) from Australia, sent on recommendation of Con Mackenzie, formerly history teacher Miss Stewart. Emerence is a
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 10th 1971 by Armada (first published 1952)
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Apr 30, 2016 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book about 35 years ago, and it was this edition, showing the mini-skirted, long-legged prefects wallowing in the mud. I think I must have read it after enjoying 'Barbara' (because I don't remember being puzzled about who this Joey person in Canada was) - so, in the wrong order from the off - and for years and years I had no idea that there are three books between them, one covering exactly the same term but at the new Swiss finishing branch. Given EBD's inability to keep track ...more
Aug 04, 2012 Sue rated it liked it
Emerence, a wild, unruly girl from Australia, is to be sent to the Chalet School. It doesn't help that the entire sixth form have moved to the new 'finishing' branch, just opened in the Oberland, so that this year's new prefects are all fairly inexperienced.

The main part of the book is a fairly run-of-the-mill school story, although further shocks emerge during the term, including a surprise announcement from Canada, and the unearthing (literally) of an old well. Elinor M Brent-Dyer evidently d
Jan 19, 2011 Carolynne rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Abigail, Gundula
Emerence Hope, a spoiled, outspoken Australian youngster with a past penchant for setting fires, starts out to be a very compelling anti-heroine in the best Brent-Dyer style, but she soon fizzles out as she adapts to the Chalet School model. Her unasked-for presence at the school proves to be the biggest shock of the term. Others are an unlikely accident to Miss Burnett (pictured on the cover), big news from Joey (which should not be such a shock: we've been down this road before), and the withd ...more
Mar 21, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing
The most "shocking" book in the series!

First shock, Emerence Hope is being sent to the Chalet School by her parents, without even having been enrolled. She's a mischief-maker, her final act was to set fire to a small building on the property, and in the process, almost burning down her house and the neighbor's house as well!

Second shock, Joey has twins! She's now got 8 children (of course, her first babies were triplets).

Thirdly, Miss Burnett disappears down a hole one day, whilst everyone is ou
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Nov 28, 2015 Verity W rated it really liked it
I honestly thought I'd already read this, but when my copy of the unabridged version arrived from Girls Gone By, I realised that although I'd read a lot of the books around it - which reference Emerence's early exploits, the arrival of second twins (which also feature in Oberland, which runs pretty much concurrently I think) and the start of the end for St Briavels. And it's a lot of fun - Mary Lou isn't too annoying, Emerence is hair-raising and the Christmas play doesn't take up too much of th ...more
Jane Irish Nelson
Sep 10, 2015 Jane Irish Nelson rated it really liked it
The shocks begin before the term even starts when the Head receives a cable from Australia to let her know a new pupil is on the way! Then last term's Fifth Formers realize that some of them will be this year's prefects. But one of their crowd, slated to be Games Pre, won't be returning after all, since her stepmother just died. And that is just the beginning! So much happens, this book is hard to put down.
Love the title of chapter 5 “Miss Annersley Throws A Few Bombs” What with chapter 9: “Miss Burnett Creates A Sensation” no better excuse could not be found for reading under the bedcovers by torch (flash) light!
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Dec 06, 2014 Sarah Adamson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, ya
The introduction of Emerance Hope! Another great set of adventures for the chalet girls - this one unusually lacking more than a mention of Jo and her antics as she is in Canada. Nice use of the guys (Dr Jack) and Mr Christie.
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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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