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Exploits of the Chalet Girls (The Chalet School #9)

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When Madge Bettany decides to start a school in the Austrian Alps, little does she realize how such a small idea will so completely change her life. Now, in this classic series of books, firstpublished in the 1920s, join the Chalet School's first pupil, Joey Bettany, as she forges strong bonds of friendship with girls from Europe and America. Independent, intelligent, res
Paperback, 300 pages
Published January 1st 1985 by HarperCollins UK (first published 1933)
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Technically, Exploits Of The Chalet Girls isn't one of Elinor M. Brent-Dyer's best, not even in the early glory days of the Tyrol - when both she and her characters are truly at the top of their game. I've re-read this book a few times over the years, but never really registered it as one of my favourites in this era. Strictly speaking, too, nothing much at all happens for a series constructed around incidents, adventures, and - as the title would have it - exploits. Nonetheless, revisiting it t ...more
Another re-read, and another I didn't recognise terribly much of. It was a bit early in the series for the peak of my interest. A good one, very good to begin, but not the best - the ending brought it down a bit for me. I just get bored with final chapters that are just the school play, and not even funny stuff going wrong during said play - but just a description of its story and who played whom and when it's not even an interesting play... yeah, yawn.

The first half or so though was great becau
Celia Powell
In the 9th book, we are introduced to Thekla, a Prussian girl who considers herself to be superior to many of the other girls at the school (given that they are the "daughters of shopkeepers"). Most of the story revolves around Thekla's dreadfulness, although we have the usual mishaps (Evadne blows up the science lab, Cornelia falls down a pit). After an accident at the staff party, Thekla has a talking to and becomes more resigned to her position at the school - she's even given a minor part in ...more
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Ninth in the lengthy Chalet School series. A new and rather snooty girl called Thekla arrives and creates a lot of problems since she doesn't want to mix with many of the girls. However, she appears to become gradually more accepting (and nicer) without a lot happening. Possibly some significant sections were removed in the paperback version. Other than that it's a fairly run-of-the-mill book, slightly better than average but with nothing that stands out. Three and a half stars, really.
Donna Boultwood
Another lovely story. There seems to be a theme developing of horrible girls joining the school and becoming reformed characters, although we didn't get to see Thekla's full transformation here. Loved the clock episode.
Sarah Adamson
This book contains some great moments and some less great moments. It explores Joey growing up, others growing up or learning lessons and introduces Thelka. This allows Elinor to explore the class situation and talk about Germany at the time.
A good book, not my favourite but close to.
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Elinor M. Brent-Dyer was born as Gladys Eleanor May Dyer on 6th April 1894, in South Shields in the industrial northeast of England, and grew up in a terraced house which had no garden or inside toilet. She was the only daughter of Eleanor Watson Rutherford and Charles Morris Brent Dyer. Her father, who had been married before, left home when she was three years old. In 1912, her brother Henzell d ...more
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