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Charm School

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  369 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Bonny does not want to go to Charm School, no matter how much Mum needs her to take a one day class. And it's just as bad as she has feared. Worse, in fact. For Charm School is filled with awful, scratchy, self-obsessed girls who are prepared to do almost anything to win the much-coveted 'Glistening Tiara'...
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 3rd 2000 by Corgi Yearling (first published 1999)
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Lorraine Gaule
Anne Fine was and still is one of my favourite children’s authors. Her most famous book would be Madam Doubtfire, which most people will know as the popular film Ms. Doubtfire. Charm School is a book for children aged 9/10+, more probably girls as it is very as the name suggests set one Saturday in a school for ‘charming girls.’ I found this book original and humorous, it has a lot of unexpected parts to it and it is not what you would expect which will be interesting for children reading as it...more
I love this book! I must have read it like 50 times by now ^-^ I love being girly so I'd love to go to charm school but I get why Bonnie might not want to. After all, not everyone likes pink and cute things. I like that Bonnie tells the other girls that they can have fun and don't always have to be perfect - especially that they can eat the nice things they named themselves after. I think that's an immportant message - I think teenagers are told what we shouldn't eat too often (haha, off I go ag...more
I loved it because it's answer to the Curls ad Purls girls was to have fun. I like that Anne Fine didn't delve too much into media and why girls see themselves the way they do, because it would have seemed to simplistic and trite, especially as everyhting happens in one day. Instead, the girls are encouraged to have fun instead of sitting at the mirror all the day. I liked Bonnie very much because she was so candid and improper without being annoying. This book is really funny, and still makes m...more
Louise Armstrong
It's a little bit heavy handed (unusual for Anne Fine!) but intended for younger readers, I suppose.

She's very good at catching people's characters in dialogue.

'Stroke it on gently, dear,' Mrs Opalene was telling Pearl. 'Don't scrape away at Araminta's precious face.'

I think that the two words that make this line effective are 'dear' and 'precious'.

Mrs Opaline, by the way, runs the charm school and is: 'A large, round, glittering lady.'
Katy James
I liked it but some points I didn't get but when they set up the arena for a contest it get funny!
Don't get me wrong, this could potentially be an amazing book for teenagers and children but the only memories I have of it are of hating it. I was around ten when I read this and I can still remember the intense feelings of clastrophobia and panic I got from the storyline.

Either me being very strange or the author being very good at absorbing young readers!
I read this when I was REALLY young. I used to get it out of the library every other time we went just so I could re-read it. I don't know why I love it so much but I can still remember most of it.
I quite liked this book. It's good fun and the main character is a tomboy whose mother sends her to charm school to make her more ladylike which causes interesting consequences!
Briar Rose
It's nice to see a YA book challenging messages about beauty which often go unquestioned in fiction for girls. You don't need to hit them over the head with it though.
Funny and feel good, but with social commentary and good messages for young girls. Definitely keeping this one in my books for my future kids pile.
Oct 09, 2013 Devika added it
I think it was absolutely great!
It wasn't as bad as I thought!
But I think Iit kept on repeating about why they want to look beutiful .
Philippa Rae
I enjoyed this book very much. It was one of the first children's books that I read as an adult.
I really enjoyed this book and reread my favourite bits as soon as I had finished it!
This is a funny book about looks and friendship. It was a quick and enjoyable read.
Nov 19, 2007 Danielle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
I love this book i can read it over and over again as it makes me laugh every time.
not a bad book,although it doesn't make to the list of my TOP-favourite books.
Loved this back in my childhood when I was tomboy like Bonnie.
I have very little memory of this (beyond
Such girly girls are in that book.
-       Sophie..(:
Manya Kapur
Not worth reading. :(
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