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A Fourth Form Friendship
Aldred Laurence is an attractive ordinary fourteen-year-old girl who is both clever and ambitious. When she becomes a new girl at Birkwood Grange, she is determined to win popularity at any costs and makes friends with Mabel Farrington who has a great following at Birkwood Grange, partly because of her appealing personality, and partly because of her impeccable family conn ...more
Paperback, 255 pages
Published 2006 by Girls Gone By
(first published 1912)
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Jul 10, 2012 Isobel rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
This is a perfect school story. Aldred is terrible and you read just desperate to see what awful thing she will do and not own up to next. I can't wait to find out how Mabel discovers what she's been up to, and how the denouement in which they are bound to become best friends again will work out...
Aldred Laurence is very happy to be going to boarding school. But once she arrives, it's not all smooth sailing. For one, she's placed in a dormitory with 5th formers, while she's in the fourth. The fourth form only includes seven other girls. Six of them share a dormy and also have formed a sort of a clique. The seventh, Mabel, has a room of her own, as her mother is a friend (and mentor) of the headmistress. But Mabel takes a liking to Aldred, and invites her to share her room. Only, when Aldr ...more
Aldred was an interesting character - cowardly, selfishness and conceit, yet she was also talented, earnest and not really mean at all. It was a well constructed plot that focused on two very well depicted characters, in an interesting and pleasant school setting. This is a very good example of a school story.
To begin with, Aldred is a dreadful character. She is so incredibly unappealing, and you have wonder where her brother found his goodness I'll never know. she makes you cringe to read about, she really does. However, early on we learn her secret, and the reader is bound to carry on until all is revealed at the end. I did enjoy the story, despite Aldred, so a four star book this is.
Born in Preston, Lancashire in 1868, Angela Brazil (pronounced "brazzle") was the youngest child of cotton mill manager Clarence Brazil, and his wife, Angelica McKinnel. She was educated at the Turrets - a small private school in Wallasey - and then, when the Brazils were living in Manchester, at the preparatory department of the Manchester High School, and (as a boarder) at Ellerslie, an exclusiv ...moreMore about Angela Brazil...