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What Katy Did at School (Carr Family #2)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  5,251 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 1st 2001 by NTC/Contemporary Publishing Company (first published 1873)
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Lindley Walter-smith
Another sanctimonious Carr family book, in which Katy and Clover teach the other girls at boarding school (which they only go to for ONE YEAR because having made them go against their will, Father decides he "can't spare them at home" and, besides, the starving poor relative he got to housekeep and childmind for free escaped to anotehr relative) not to look at at bow to young men they haven't been properly introduced to, forming a society against unladylike behaviour and against flirting and ins ...more
Naomi Sarah
I remember reading this a few times when I was younger, but I never liked it that much. Now, as a re-read, I liked it. It wasn't very good, though, but I can give it three stars because - the Katy books are just cute. :-)

What I liked:
1. The Elsie-and-John-go-to-the-farm story. Poor kids. :-P
2. All the presents Katy and Clover get when they leave to school. Goodness, I do like the sound of those watches. And the sound of those watch boxes Elsie made. Old-fashioned watches are the bestest pretties
Louise Armstrong
Nov 14, 2011 Louise Armstrong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this. I remember thinking what an attractive character Rose Red was when I read the book as a child, and I still found her so now.

When we first meet Rose she is described as having 'a rosy, mischievous face' and she is not enchanted to be greeted by a rich, but spoilt character. She laughs, she has dimples, 'she's a twinkling wild rose, with saucy whiskers of brown calyx'. Her eyes sparkle with fun, she has dimples that make you want to laugh too, and 'Whatever she said or did seemed f
Dec 25, 2013 Carina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I was reading this for the first time now this would probably get either two or three stars depending on my mood - however, this is about the 10th time I have re-read this book (in fact it was the book that introduced me to this series) and I still really enjoy it.

This book is a lot less 'preachy' than the first in the series, but it still has its morals and tales of what is considered ladylike behaviour. This does make this incredibly outdated (although I personally think they are still good
Dec 24, 2015 Kristi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There’s a sweetness to these books that I find irresistible. And I don’t mean sweet in a cloying way; there’s just a preponderance of characters who care more about other people’s feelings than their own, who love sacrificially and speak with honesty and love. Call it old-fashioned if you like; I call it refreshing. And I also love that none of the characters are perfect. They all have selfish moments and make mistakes, especially when they have to deal with difficult people, but in the end grac ...more
Tess O'Donovan
Jan 05, 2017 Tess O'Donovan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children
Recommended to Tess by: Sally Davies
"What Katy did at School" is a brilliant book, and Susan has a way of making you feel you are right there, on the spot. I know that most people say that but, really, I mean it. You can feel the excitement and tension, and the unhappiness and depression. Sometimes Susan could try to show us what it really is like, for example, the bedrooms, kitchens...

All this in one book.
Jun 07, 2016 Emmeline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful sequel to a wonderful series. Words cannot express the love I have for this book :)
Stephanie Chambers
I remember reading this in the light of my window during the blizzard of 93 with the power out. I had gotten it from school and loved it. I didn't like the first book, but loved this one. I wanted the 3rd book so bad! And I had to wait until the blizzard was over to go back to school and get it! Turns out we didn't have it and the book was out of print! ☹ ...more
Jul 18, 2013 Dorothea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What Katy Did at School begins with a chapter that's not about Katy at all; it's a short story about her youngest two sisters (who are still children, not adolescents, here) and an unhappy visit they make. I find this chapter pretty strange. There is sort of a lesson -- don't assume that everything in a new situation will be exactly as you hope it will, especially when those older and wiser warn you otherwise -- but it's meant to be humorous, I think.

Elsie and John hope they'll escape from the s
Jun 30, 2013 CuteBadger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a child I had a hardback book which contained What Katy Did and What Katy Did At School, published (I think) by Collins. I read it many times and loved it each time I read it. It was probably an odd thing for a 10-year-old to be reading in the 1970s, but it didn't strike me then as being moralistic or preachy.

Since getting a Kindle a couple of years ago I've been revisiting much-loved books from my youth. Some have been a disappointment, but both What Katy Did and What Katy Did At School were
Mar 26, 2014 Deborah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An old favourite - Katy's adventures at school are just as engaging as her adventures at home. As a child I was somewhat confused by a school which only had holidays in September and at Christmas (and not much of a break at Christmas), and I really didn't understand the whole 'not talking to the boys' thing - even if Katy had passed Berry a note asking for a piece of cake I couldn't see why this was a matter of such disgrace. I was also confused by references to things like wash-stands and bath- ...more
Jun 30, 2014 Cat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favourite childhood books, and I return to it regularly even now. As much as I loved What Katy Did, I prefer the school one even more!
In What Katy Did, which is a lovely book (even with the strong moral overtones, which you just have to go with...) I preferred the naughtier early Katy. So what I enjoyed about the second book is that while Katy is very much older-than-her years to begin with, the antics of all the girls round her and the friendships between them make the story g
Priyanka Lal
Feb 14, 2017 Priyanka Lal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A travel back in time. A reminder of what I grew up reading. Inspired to read more.
Sep 01, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the sequel to 'What Katy Did', and features a year when Katy, now recovered from her long illness, goes to a boarding school for a year with her sister Clover. There they meet the fascinating and rather daring Rose Red, and find themselves involved in various scrapes.

There's very little about the education in the school, and a great deal about the girls and their various friendships. The author's biases come through rather clearly, seeing flirting with the boys' college next door as bei
A.R. Collins
Oct 25, 2013 A.R. Collins rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I'm afraid I find this book a little flat compared to its predecessor, as I feel that all the best aspects of that one are missing: the drama, the character development and the timeless portrayal of family dynamics. As a school story, I don't find it that satisfying either; not very much seemed to happen, which is a shame, because the jam-packed episodic nature of the first half of What Katy Did (I wouldn't describe that book in such terms after Katy's accident) could have been well adapted to a ...more
Sep 11, 2016 F rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this when I was a child and enjoyed it. I am now not at all certain how much it would be enjoyed by the current generation of girls. It is interesting how Susan Coolidge manages to make the goody-goody girls the ones you like. Is it because when we met Katy originally in the first book we were told repeatedly that she was the one who got things wrong and made mistakes and was hasty and thoughtless and untidy, and it was Clover who was sweet and nice and gentle? So Katy was the heroine and ...more
Jun 22, 2016 Judy rated it liked it
I picked this up to scan, positive that I'd read it as a child, but nothing seems familiar. This is the second book in a series, but unlike other series, this one should be read in order. The author assumes the reader 'met' all of the characters so doesn't re-introduce them in the first few chapters. I turned to Goodreads to read the summary and reviews for 'What Kady Did,' which helped immensely.

It felt odd to be reading this story in paperback given that it was written in the 1800s (I think).
Mae Walker
I have always liked to pretend to be a character from a book. This particular book I read and re-read countless times at the age of ten, and from it played "boarding school" with my siblings. I found the list of rules about things to do before breakfast fascinating and wrote up a few for myself (why I was so attracted to that concept I have no idea: who can fathom the ten-year old brain?) I also woke up at a ridiculous hour in the morning, wore dresses with aprons (I was upset mum wouldn't let m ...more
Sam Woodfield
Having read the book preceding this one, I really enjoyed this. In this novel Katy really grows as a character and really establishes her own personality which, although present in the first book, is much more prominant than before. I also enjoyed the way in which Clover develops in this book, and the introduction of Rose Red.

I think overall this was slightly better than the first. IN 'What Katy Did' there is a real moral undertone which develops during Katy's illness. In this novel there is no
This was a fun, short read about the further adventures of Katy Carr and her family. Katy has matured since What Katy Did and meets new, interesting people as she and her sister Clover go to school for a year. The adventures they encounter are humorous. My only complaint is with the edition I read. It has 3 of the Katy stories in one book, but the second and third stories are out of order. Additionally, there are typos throughout, so massive that sometimes I had to stop and figure out what I jus ...more
Feb 20, 2016 Dawna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These books are just too precious as they transport you to a simpler, more gentle time in both history and writing style. Susan Coolidge was writing at the same time as Louisa May Alcott. Although I personally think Alcott is the better writer, they both wrote in the genre popular (and acceptable) with girls in the 1800's. I enjoy reading the historical details of daily living that are so different from our own. There is much to be learned and appreciated from these older writings. Such beautifu ...more
Aug 02, 2012 Anh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a child, I tried really hard to be like the heroines in my classics books like Katy Carr, Anne Shirley, Laura Ingalls. They are always well-mannered, kind and lovely. I love this one best among the triology. Going to a boarding school so faraway from home, studying new things and meeting many friends excited me more than the other 2 books with Katy staying at home doing housekeeping. I like Dr.Carr, too, he's such a kind and wise father, raising his children up really well even withour their ...more
Hilary Tesh
The story of Katy continues with her year at boarding school, where she meets the mischievous Rose and disapproves so much of the girls' flirting with the local college boys that she sets up a society to discourage it! (Interestingly this demonstrates the more uninhibited fun girls can have when they are not worrying about what boys think of them, which is probably not the feminist message the author was intending!) It's another moral tale, recommending an ideal pattern of behaviour to young lad ...more
Jan 03, 2009 Jae rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-books
Another in the series of charmingly tame adventures of Katy and her sister Clover, now at a boarding school Out East. Katy, slightly disappointingly, becomes a bit of a prude, founding an anti-flirting society, but that is tempered by the introduction of Rose Red, her rambunctious, improper and altogether awesome friend.
Having grown very fond of audio books, and classics, I've joined the two and raided the library of Librivox. I am enjoying most of the books I choose there and find myself surprised at the quality of the narratives and stories. I guess i am still a child at heart, as I really enjoy this series. I plan on reading all I get a hold of.
Jessica Broadbent
An old favourite, I really like this book. It's very foreign, to a 20th Century Australian young woman, but you can usually work out what it going on, and interpret the customs that are so natural to the characters in the books. I love the way that the family really all do love each other, that's really nice to see.
Deborah Ideiosepius
Just re-read this classic novel and enjoyed it as much as ever. It is a true 'historical novel' in that the time that it is set in is so far removed from ours that it is purely history. Despite this, the characters are vivid and believable, the life events are fascinating in their minutia and the entire reading experience is enjoyable.
Aug 03, 2011 Anh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite
it's a very lovely book with full of love.

Katy is a very mature girl, indeed. Although Miss Jane was always very strict with the girls, when she was ill, Katy still came to take care of her. I also liked their countenance, very lady-like and right. It makes me want to go to a boarding school immediately =)
Mark Dewey
I actually liked this more than the first one. It was pretty interesting, held the attention and all. It's been a while—so I don't remember much else to say about it without a refresher. Katy goes to boarding school and has experiences. I get this mixed up with Seven Little Australians, by another author, sometimes.
Feb 06, 2011 Ros rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful book I read as a child. I excitedly downloaded it to my Kindle as a free ebook, but some of the spelling and layout made me a little uneasy.

Odd to find that, now I have grown, many of the characters are different! because of course they were older than me when I first read them, but of course now I am older than them...
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Sarah Chauncey Woolsey was an American children's author who wrote under the pen name Susan Coolidge.

Woolsey was born January 29, 1835, into the wealthy, influential New England Dwight family in Cleveland, Ohio. Her father was John Mumford Woolsey (1796–1870) and mother was Jane Andrews. She spent much of her childhood in New Haven Connecticut after her family moved there in 1852.

Woolsey worked a
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Other Books in the Series

Carr Family (5 books)
  • What Katy Did (Carr Family, #1)
  • What Katy Did Next (Carr Family, #3)
  • Clover (Carr Family, #4)
  • In the High Valley (Carr Family, #5)

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