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Two Sams at the Chalet School (The Chalet School #56)

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Samantha van der Byl, an American girl, and Samaris Davies, a Welsh girl, arrive at the Chalet School at the beginning of the second term. Although there is a two-year difference in their ages, they become firm friends. The two have many adventures.
Paperback, 204 pages
Published December 1st 1993 by Armada (first published 1967)
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LH Johnson
Two Sams at the Chalet School is a book of peaks and troughs and near-unbearable coincidence. So the same old thing really.

Samantha Van Der Byl and Samaris are two new girls at the Chalet School. Although they're different ages, and in different forms, they're drawn into being friends with each other FOR SOME UNKNOWN REASON. It's sort of glorious the way Brent-Dyer can't resist going THERE'S A CONNECTION CAN YOU GUESS WHAT IT IS with them, and then when that connection is revealed it's sort of g
Mar 15, 2014 Tria rated it liked it
3.5 stars. First read November 2012, second March 2014.

Not my favourite, but not one of the worst of the series by a long chalk. This story revisits a lot of Brent-Dyer's previous themes in the series, being mainly focused on two new girls introduced to the school in Switzerland while also giving us some time around the youngest members of Jo Bettany/Maynard's long canonical family of eleven, three-year-old twins Geoff and Philippa.

Here it deals with the aftermath of tiny Phil's having nearly d
Re-read March, 2012. Definitely not a favourite, I'm afraid! I don't know if it's just that I haven't read many of the books in years, and that this was never my favourite era to begin with, but so many of the schoolgirls mentioned were completely unfamiliar to me! Of course the Maynard triplets were present, and Jack Lambert; I recognised a few other names like Val Pertwee, Wanda von Eschenau, Priscilla Dawbarn, Janice Chester, Ailie Russell, Erica Standish... but then there were SO many others ...more
Aug 10, 2016 Deborah rated it liked it
All true Chalet fans dream of finding a hardback Chalet for 10p at a jumble sale (or, even better, a complete hardback collection in an aunty's attic). Well, 'Two Sams' ended that dream for me - I danced all the way home, and then made the mistake of actually reading it. When I was offered the chance to swap it for an Antonia Forest, I didn't hesitate. So my copy is the Armada paperback, which reaches an all-time low in Chalet covers: it shows the fair-haired (erm...) Samantha, wearing her ...more
Sarah Adamson
Dec 07, 2014 Sarah Adamson rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, ya
Not my favourite chalet book but this was my first time ever reading it so it took longer to get into it. Starring many familiar faces but has the two Sams as the main characters. Usual adventures but harder to relate and follow since it focused on many girls who were previously very minor characters.
I read this one when I was a mere 10 years old in my school library. And have been searching for it since! Many a dream Ive had about returning there in the dark of the night :D Not even kidding.
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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 ...more
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