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First Term at Malory Towers (Malory Towers #1)

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Darrell Rivers begins her happy life at Malory Towers two terms later than the other girls, but she soon makes firm friends with Sally, the steady one, and the adoring Mary Lou.
Paperback, 156 pages
Published 1967 by Dragon (first published 1946)
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Mark Lawrence
My mother was 3 years old when this book came out in 1946. Her copy was on my shelf as a child and after reading 20 or so Famous Five books I reluctantly picked it up, trusting Blyton to make even a girls' school interesting. I have vague memories of thinking it was OK.

I got my daughter Celyn the books on CD and she adores them. She has listened to them dozens of times.

The basic formula is posh girls being mean to each other at boarding school.

This book combined with The Worst Witch will give yo
Aug 20, 2007 CLM rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lisa, Abigail, my nieces
I know I am not the only one whose love of boarding school stories began with this series! I embraced Darrell and Sally and their adventures at Malory Towers, despite their anti-American bias, and longed for midnight feasts, adventures in field hockey, uniforms, and tuck boxes. In fact, my sister and I used to play "boarding school," (we also played "orphans," which my mother found very amusing) wearing black skirts, white shirts and black velvet ties around our necks. My mother had Blyton's Adv ...more
Bill Kupersmith
As I am trying to write a story set @ a school, I turn to the classics to reacquaint myself with the artistic & moral values inherent in the genre. First Term @ Malory Towers is a spare book & a quick read (tho’ I read it slowly in bits & pieces) but it contains all the essentials. Darrell is a new girl in the first form (like 7th grade in America). She makes new friends, finds out some of her own flaws - a hot temper & a tendency to slack off on her schoolwork - confronts Gwendo ...more
Lisa Vegan
Sep 04, 2008 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls & women who enjoy coming of age stories and boarding & British school stories
Recommended to Lisa by: CLM
I was fortunate to find out about this series (this is the first book in a 6 book series) because of one Goodreads friend, and thanks to another Goodreads friend was able to purchase the six book series for less than the cost of mailing. I’m really happy to have them. It’s going to take some discipline on my part to wait to read the next five until I’ve read some other books further up in my queue.

I guess the plot was formulaic and the girls were all a “type” but I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Jan 01, 2009 Olivia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is the series i practically grew up with...
klo anak2 jaman sekarang mulai dengan harry potter, i started my avid reading habit dengan buku2 tulisan ms. blyton... dan malory towers adalah yang terbaik!!!
buku inilah yang pertama kali bikin aku bermimpi... waktu itu sih mimpinya pengen sekolah di sekolah asrama... mimpi yang ga' tercapai karena apparently - according to my parents - sekolah berasrama di indonesia ga' seperti di inggris (ya iyalaaaaah)...
lalu buku ini juga yang pertama kali mem
Oct 03, 2009 Kenza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i loveee these books :) i love the way that old books were written- as in, how enid blyton wrote them. i love the old covers/editions, they make it seem so much more old-timey. but the new covers are so cute. i'll say the same about the rest of the series. i was REALLY upset when i finished reading the series, and i was really skeptical about reading pamela cox's new ones- i didnt want to- but i tried New Term at Malory Towers and i enjoyed it immensely! since she fit the style of writing to eni ...more
Wirotomo Nofamilyname
Feb 02, 2011 Wirotomo Nofamilyname rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anak-anak, masa depan kita semua :-) halah
Dibaca dalam rangka baca bareng sesama orang lanjut usia yang merupakan anggota GRI dan pencinta Malory Towers ("MT") :-)

seperti yang lain, saya agak kaget dengan istilah kuno yg dulu memang familiar tp agak jarang terdengar sekarang: cawu, sepur 7, dsb.
dan saya agak kaget begitu menyadari bhw di buku ini, Gwendoline sayang, memang digambarkan cantik dgn rambut keemasannya. pikiran saya kok mbayangkannya berwajah buruk rupa dan gembrot. Ah umur.... :-)

ceritanya? mmmm okelah terutama karena mema
Oct 01, 2012 Faye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

First Term at Malory Towers is the first book in the Malory Towers series. Darrell is going to her new boarding school, and is very excited, but nervous, too! But when she gets to the train station and finds out that a girl called Alicia is looking after her,she feels that she has a friend, already! But can Darrell keep a lid on her temper?


This is a really good book! It's very enjoyable, and also makes you want to read on-- it is full of suspicion! For example, I would think
As with a few other books I've reviewed before, I'm rating this with the feelings I had for it at the time, not by any means an objective judgement on it as an adult! I used to devour Enid Blyton's work, despite being aware of the at times icky implications (racism, Anglo-centrism, sexism, classism, etc). There was something about it, something nostalgic. It was a midnight feast in its own way.

Anyway, Darryl was probably my favourite of all Blyton's schoolgirls. I don't remember much about it no
Feb 07, 2017 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adorei. Gosto imenso de livros que se passam em colégios internos e estou a ver que vou adorar esta série.
Jun 03, 2011 Yellowoasis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I read this book because I heard a fabulous recording of a talk about Enid Blyton from Seven Stories. It’s interesting to me how Blyton has been rehabilitated in the world of children’s literature. Indeed, when I ordered this book up from the stacks of Auckland Public Library the librarian smiled wryly and said, when I was a new librarian, these books weren’t allowed. Plus ça change. I loved Malory Towers as a youngster. So I was a bit dubious about reading the book after all these decades. I lo ...more
Nov 03, 2008 Miranti rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
my first encounter with Malory Towers the series. I read my sister's book, then i fell in love with the characters..
Darrel, the smart but sometimes can be hot-tempered. Usually, the series were written from her perspective.
Sally, the wise and mature one
Mary-Lou, the sweet and kind girl
Gwendoline, the spoilled one (oops)
Alicia, the class-clown and the queen of tricks
Betty, Alicia's partner-in-crime
Irene, music is her middle name
Belinda, the creative one, very good at drawings
Felicity, Darrel's li
I listened to this as an audio book. First term at Mallory Towers was about a girl called Darryl who was about to start her first boarding school. Darryl has a hot temper but she is kind hearted and loyal to her friends. Meet Darryl, Sally and Mary-Loo for a walk down memory lane.
Sandra Bašić
Jul 09, 2016 Sandra Bašić rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enid's Famous Five will always remain in my heart but I also enjoyed in this one.
Jun 17, 2013 Aida rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just read first chapter. It's good enough.
Feb 10, 2011 Marchel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Duluuu... baca buku ini tanpa pernah tahu siapa itu Enid Blyton.

Waktu kuliah, buku ini 1 set beserta St. Clare 1 set sengaja diungsikan ke Bandung untuk teman bacaan di kala bosan. Sebuah keputusan yang sangat kusesalin hingga sekarang, karena semuanya tertinggal di sana. T____T

Sekarang waktu kerja, kaget tak tersangka-sangka ternyata banyak juga yg suka n punya buku ini. Alhasil, sengaja kupinjam dan kubaca ulang.

Malory Towers, adalah sekolah asrama khusus gadis-gadis berusia 12-18 tahun (mengh
LH Johnson
And so my Blyton marathon reaches another great classic, her series of school stories set at the deliciously described Malory Towers. It's a school set nebulously on the Cornish coast somewhere, but the detail is what makes this school sing. Turrets. Towers. A swimming pool that's crisp and refreshing on the hottest of days. A central court with a sunken theatre, roses, and Arcadia found. It's Darrell Rivers' first term and, as is the way with the school story, we follow her on her journey into ...more
Harun Harahap

Reka Kejadian, jika ada persamaan nama dan karakter tokoh, itu memang disengaja

 Malam itu, setelah menghadiri sebuah peluncuran buku di kawasan Kemang,saya, ayu, mute dan buzenk pergi ke Blok M Square untuk menjelajahi lantai bawah pusat perbelanjaan itu dalam rangka mencari buku yang menarik hati untuk dibeli. Karena saya tidak mendapatkan sebuah buku yang saya inginkan, maka kita beranjak menuju Gramedia Melawai.


Saat berputar mengelilingi lantai penuh harta karun itu, tibalah saya dan mute be
Jul 18, 2016 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, includes-review
I liked Malory Towers more than I had expected - enough to buy the whole set for my daughter, who recommended it to me in the first place.

I didn't grow up reading Enid Blyton stories, and so tend to be a bit sceptical about the quality of her work. Luckily, First Term at Malory Towers left me pleasantly surprised. I liked how its main characters all had personality flaws, which made them more believable and age-appropriate (it seemed perfectly believable for 12-13 year olds to still be a bit sel
Oct 05, 2009 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've borrowed this book from my niece, who is an avid reader and has read this series countless times. I last read them when I was about 10 - nevertheless the characters came flooding back once I started reading. I love the way that none of the girls are perfect and Gwendoline, the most irritating girl, gets her comeuppance! There's a lot of emphasis on girls achieving a lot and having high expectations of themselves and taking responsibility for their decisions - all to be encouraged. I expecte ...more
I loved this book as a child, in fact, I loved the whole damn series. The books were fun, exciting and interesting for me. They made me wish I could go to boarding school, and meet lots of wonderful friends like the lot at Malory Towers. Of coarse I understood that I would not have enjoyed actual boarding school but those book half convinced me that I would have. The characters are great and the plot is good. The series is a classic and I recommend it to any young girls looking for a new series ...more
Apr 10, 2015 Dayna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

The first book in the Malory Towers series. When I was younger, I’d always wondered what these books were like, because I could never get my hands on them. I loved Blyton’s other boarding school series at St Clare’s, and thought this might be of a similar quality.

This was a good introduction to the series, but did give me the indication that I was not going to enjoy these books like I did the St Clare’s series, which I still will quite happily reread on occasion.

The characters are a little bit d
Nov 11, 2012 Kirsti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I discovered Malory Towers long after Enid Blyton had first tempted me into her child like worlds. I adored Famous Five and Secret seven, but somehow never came across this series. I loved it! I think I was about sixteen when I read my first Malory Towers book, but I wasn't too old to not enjoy the story. I'd wanted to go to an Enid Blyton type school for a long time, due to the St Clare's books, but I think this series is a cut even above those delights. Darrel has a major fault; her wicked tem ...more
Jasmine Woods
Aug 21, 2012 Jasmine Woods rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personally my favourite Blyton series, the Malory Towers books always evoked a sort of warm fuzzy sense of what life would have been like in a 1940s boarding school, except of course when Gwendoline was being too rotten for words, and then I, like Darrell, probably would have given her a good slapping. Well rounded characters, excellent plot, (ooh why is Sally pretending she doesn't have a sister when we know full well she does!) and if the prose is a little old fashioned at times, well that jus ...more
Maria Elmvang
Enid Blyton was one of my favourite authors when I was a child, so I thought I'd probably like them, even if they are children's books... and I definitely did! I think I read all 6 of them in just 3 days. I love boarding school books, and despite occasionally being too *good* for words, these really were quite good.
Apr 15, 2010 Xyra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this at a bookstore in London during my first trip overseas and fell in love. The next time I was in England I bought what the store had on the shelf, but have holes in my collection.

What can happen to a girl when she heads off to boarding school? A lot. A good story and fun read. The rest in the series are just as good.
Jan 02, 2009 Jul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favourite series when I was growing up. The different antics of the students at Malory Towers brought me so much fun and joy. Enid Blyton is an amazing author and she's probably the reason why I fell in love with reading.
Becky Wicks
Dec 11, 2013 Becky Wicks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to go to boarding school and have midnight feasts with my friends because of this series. It might be dated now but it's a great reminder of how a story about a girl's school doesn't all have to be about trashy whores and secret flings with teachers. God bless the way things were.
A quick, satisfying read, although written for a younger audience than I was expecting. But this was my first Blyton, an author I've been meaning to get to for years, and I shall certainly continue with the rest of the series.

(Thank you, Selma!)
Should I be embarrassed to admit I loved this at 26 just as much as I did at ten? Because I did. And I'm not. :)
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(See also her pen name Mary Pollock)

Born in 1897 in South London, Enid Mary Blyton was the eldest of three children, and showed an early interest in music and reading. She was educated at St. Christopher's School, Beckenham, and - having decided not to pursue her music - at Ipswich High School, where she trained as a kindergarten teacher. She taught for five years before her 1924 marriage to edito
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