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The Chalet School and Barbara (The Chalet School #30)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  165 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
In this story 14-year-old Barbara Chester arrives at the Chalet School for the first time. The school gives the shy and cossetted child everything she has missed, including friends, new strength and confidence, as well as drama and danger.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 28th 1972 by Armada (first published 1954)
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Feb 12, 2017 Beth rated it really liked it
Whoops, I've fallen down the rabbit hole again.

This isn't really a four-star book. But it's a nostalgic reread, and it's ridiculous in a wonderfully charming way, and I just loved these so much as a teenager who was dying to learn languages and travel and have snazzy uniforms and many talents.

And here's our outsider, never been to school before, who comes in, makes friends, and has a great time. What's not to like?

It's odd to realize, this reread, that this book probably takes place in the late
Jan 08, 2014 Deborah rated it it was amazing
Huge affection for this Chalet, the first I ever read. They're all abroad! There are mountains and blizzards and magazines in French! And it was quite clear, on my first reading, that there were more stories about all these interesting people and places - I just needed to find them.

Of course, I had no idea what I had just got into. It was 25 years before I was able to read the whole lot in the correct order and even now I don't have a full hardback/GGBP collection.

Reading Barbara now, in its pr
Feb 02, 2016 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was reading this for my meeting with the local Chalet group and I admit I didn't actually get it finished until the day after the meeting. That's okay, I'd read it before and I could still follow the discussion. The general consensus, with which I agree, is that it's very much a comfort book, with lots of set up for the new location and just very pleasant to have read again.
Jeanette Greaves
Jan 31, 2017 Jeanette Greaves rated it liked it
I only ever read one Chalet School book, but I'm sure if I'd been given the opportunity I would have raced through the whole series with absolute relish. I must have read this one about a dozen times before I hit my teens.
May 28, 2016 Celia rated it really liked it
In 2008 I started a big read / re-read of the entire Chalet School series (well, the ones I could get my hands on). I got tired of it part way through, and the last one I read was The Wrong Chalet School (book 24 in a 58 book series - well, depending on how you're numbering them). I've realised these are the perfect easy comfort-food books for reading in the middle of the night while feeding a baby, so I picked up the series with this, book number 30 (using the Wikipedia series numbering).

This i
Jan 25, 2008 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barbara, who used to be an invalid, goes to the Chalet School in Switzerland when she is 14. Not much plot, but a bit more human interest than many of the later books in the series.

Re-read after fourteen years, in hardcover form; it's cliched of course and caricatured, but I so like the people, who feel almost like old friends. I was a little disappointed that there's so little of Joey Maynard (who is quarantined for most of the book) - although this volume does come immediately after 'Joey goes
Apr 04, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
Barbara Chester is finally able to go to the Chalet School! She's always wanted to go, especially since all her sisters have gone, but due to health reasons, was kept at home for a long time. Now, however, she's on the way there!

As she's not been to school before, there are lots of things that are strange to her. However, with the help of her cousin, Vi Lucy, and the rest of the Gang headed by Mary-Lou, she finds her feet in school at last.
Mhairi Gowans
Dec 15, 2014 Mhairi Gowans rated it really liked it
It feels so good to be back in Europe, even if it isn't the Tyrol. All the proper chalet stuff is there - the language days, European food, tourist trips, and dangerous escapades in the Alps!

I wish there had been a little more in the way of challenges perhaps for Barbara but all in all, quite an enjoyable chalet book.
Definitely not one of EBD's best, and only of interest to fans of the entire series. Little action, and only a small amount of character development. But this is the book in which the Chalet School moves to Switzerland and if, like me, you love the place this book is worth it just for the descriptions of Interlaken, Unterseen, Lake Thun and Berne. It made me Swiss-homesick!
Love the description, which is both educational and fun of the excitement to be had from a fresh snowfall.
Donna Boultwood
Jul 14, 2015 Donna Boultwood rated it really liked it
A new girl who's not a trouble maker is a rare thing! Barbara fits in well as the school moves back to the Alps.
Barbara, as in Nancy and Beth's little sister and Vi Lucy's cousin. Which means she is straight away "adopted" by Vi and Mary-Lou and thus jealousy ensues!
Sarah Adamson
Mar 05, 2014 Sarah Adamson rated it it was amazing
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This was one of my favourites when I was a kid and now I still love it. It tells of the introduction of Barbara Chester to the Chalet school and all her adventures - making friends and enemies.
Jun 27, 2011 Boneist rated it it was amazing
What a wizard book! (Quite why "wizard" is allowed, but "smashing" isn't is beyond me!). Really enjoyed it.
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