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The Highland Twins at the Chalet School (The Chalet School #16)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  190 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Flora and Fiona McDonald, who have never before left their island home, attempt to make new friends at the school.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published August 11th 1988 by Armada (first published 1942)
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Beth
Mar 25, 2017 Beth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
OH, THIS IS FANTASTIC. It's much more in line with The Chalet School in Exile - here, once again, is a superb war book.

(FINALLY WE FIND OUT HOW DR. JEM IS KNIGHTED. In typical confused Brent-Dyer fashion, it's explained in a rambling aside and has something to do with Birthday Honours.)

Year of publication: 1942. It's jawdropping. At this point, Britain knows the war isn't going to be over any time soon, and they've already suffered a lot, and that's reflected here, even as this is a story told
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LH Johnson
I used to always think that The Highland Twins at the Chalet School was one of the poorer books. Coming so soon after the dizzy heights of the Chalet School In Exile, I always found Highland Twins at the Chalet School a little - well - cheesey.

But now, after a re-reading of the hardback edition, I feel I need to make an apology to it. Highland Twins at the Chalet School is actually, very quietly, one of the strongest titles in the series.

Following the nearly now-traditional format of new girl,
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Shawne
May 04, 2015 Shawne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plenty of unlikely things take place at the Chalet School - the preponderance of charming doctors ready and willing to marry fresh graduates, for instance, or the number of cliff-top/mountainside rescues effected through sheer strength of will and strained nerves. But none is quite so unlikely as the supernatural element that infuses the last act of The Highland Twins At The Chalet School. Personally, I didn't enjoy it that much, although I do think that Elinor M. Brent-Dyer, being very much at ...more
Deborah
Dec 15, 2013 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In which EBD experiments with 'second sight' a la L M Montgomery. Lots else happens, especially in the hardback (this is one of those CSBs where if you only have the paperback, there's a significant chunk missing - not actual plot, obvs, this being EBD, but that special Chaletishness which appeals to fans). But the main point of the Highland Twins themselves seems to be Flora's uncanny ability to 'see'. EBD isn't really comfortable with this (Miss Wilson goes off to pray while it's going on, mak ...more
Lisa
May 25, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
Highland twins Flora and Fiona arrive lost and alone at the Chalet school and put under the wing of much loved Jo Maynard before being installed at the Chalet School. It is wartime Britain and their brothers and sister have had to join up and their island home has been taken over for the duration. Never having been at school before, there are many things to learn, not the least making friends - and enemies! Before long Flora and Fiona are embroiled in an attempt by a German spy to steal away the ...more
Nicola
Sep 11, 2016 Nicola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Carolynne
I found this book improved with a second reading, although I still want to read the hard-back edition. I thought the basic story of the difficult adjustment to school life that the twins, Flora and Fiona McDonald (of course!), experienced was sensitively handled, and even the way-too-perfect Joey was not terribly intrusive this time. The part I didn't like in either reading was the unconvincing spy story--it seemed wildly unlikely, although it gave an opportunity for us to see more of the incorr ...more
Donna Boultwood
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Sarah
Feb 16, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Flora and Fiona McDonald make their first appearance in this book. They are twins, who have never left their shelter home on a small island before. Due to the war, they are forced to leave their home, and move to the Chalet School. Joey takes them in under her wing, and she's richly rewarded in the end when one of the twins is able to help her out during one of the toughest times in her life.

Sue
Jan 25, 2008 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very moving book in the Chalet School series. Flora and Fiona, twins from the Highlands, stay with Jo and family when their home is commissioned by the admiralty. Great excitement, some slight mysticism, and a deeply emotional book. One of the best.
Sally
This was one of my favourite "eras" of the Chalet School, and I especially loved the new twins! Great book.
Rosemary
Jul 25, 2015 Rosemary rated it liked it
Shelves: in-library
Far too many characters and a bit sentimental, but interesting incidental insights on life in the UK during the war. Implausible plot.
Tria
Nov 08, 2012 Tria rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Quiet but one of the best of the series, as others have said. More detailed review later.
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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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