The Chalet School and Barbara (The Chalet School, #34)
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The Chalet School and Barbara (The Chalet School #30)

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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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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...more
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.
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!
Sarah Adamson
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.
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.
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!
What a wizard book! (Quite why "wizard" is allowed, but "smashing" isn't is beyond me!). Really enjoyed it.
Love the description, which is both educational and fun of the excitement to be had from a fresh snowfall.
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