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The Youngest Girl in the Fifth

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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 11th 2008 by BiblioLife (first published 1914)
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Apr 13, 2016 Majenta rated it did not like it
"Gwen! Gwen Gascoyne!...I--want--Gwen--Gascoyne!"

Wow! What a beginning! And most of the Angela Brazil books I've been reading have begun just as dramatically. Good show!

In this case--as you might have guessed--young-teen British schoolgirl Gwen Gascoyne is about to be informed that smack in the middle of the term, she's being promoted from the Lower-School Fourth Form to the Upper-School Fifth Form! What an honor--what a perilous honor: can she live up to it? The teachers seem to think she can,
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Sep 04, 2012 Lindley Walter-smith rated it really liked it
Three familiar Brazil plots in one: the new girl who finds a form relentlessly opposed to her, the girl of good family struggling under upper middle class ideas of poverty (one servant, however will we afford the fees of top schools?) but with great talent for academics or games or both, and best of all, the protagonist who commits a sin/error of judgement at the beginning, doesn't own up to it, and ends up digging herself deeper and deeper and deeper...

Gwen's sufferings both as social outcast a
Dec 29, 2012 LauraW rated it liked it
This is a book from a much earlier era, where school girls actually tried to be moral and ethical and when it wasn't a subject of ridicule to try to be honest and work hard. I like that part about the book. On the other hand, the writing is saccharine and overbearingly descriptive in places.

But, since I am quite interested in books about schools, that aspect of the book was still worth reading for me. It was a time when competition for school prizes was about real scholarship, not just high sco
Nov 30, 2012 Kirsti rated it it was amazing
Ah! Now this is the kind of story I love! the pure innocence of boarding school girls, where exams and tennis results are all they strive for. Gwen is a great character, one who builds her place in her new form gradually and believably. she struggles with a terrible secret, unwelcome friendship, and a whole lot of growing up. It was a pleasant one to spend the afternoon, reading a free copy of this on my kindle!
Jan 25, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
A pretty much perfect jolly hockysticks tale about the importance of girls being plucky, honest and kind. A quick, easy read which was enhanced in my case by having found a 1917 copy in a second hand book shop. Pure indulgence.
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May 13, 2009 Sherwood Smith rated it liked it
Shelves: school-stories
These school stories are fascinating period pieces. Brazil gave girl readers their own world, one untainted by boys, complete, fulfulling, and so very, very happy . . . as long as one conformed.
Peter B Creedon
Jan 08, 2011 Peter B Creedon rated it it was amazing
I do believe Gwen Gascoyne is a bit of a crybaby. Netta Goodwin is one of the biggest twits in the story.
May 25, 2016 Julia rated it really liked it
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For an early twentieth century story written for tweens, this is an enjoyable read. A story by a woman, for school girls, and about school girls, this book lets readers see what it meant to be a girl around the turn of the century. Brazil writes interesting personalities for the Gwen, Beatrice, and Winnie, and I wish her plot had utilized them more. Overall, the plot is simple, most characters are one dimensional, and all problems wrap up in a tritely pristine conclusion. Still, I enjoyed follow ...more
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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 ...more
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