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Jo to the Rescue by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
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Mar 04, 2011

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bookshelves: chalet-school, 1940s, childrens, chalet-school-not-owned
Read on March 04, 2011

I'd never even heard of this one until very recently, when I went through the list of Chalet School books thoroughly in order to mark off which I had and had not read. It's very different to the usual fare - not set in the school at all! Rather it's about a quartet of infamous old girls: Joey, Simone, Frieda and Marie - all around 25 or 26 - who holiday together one summer in a place called The Witchens. There they meet and befriend their invalid neighbour Phoebe, and help to turn around a rather bratty piece of work with the name of Zephyr, who is hell-bent on obtaining Phoebe's late father's precious cello. So in the regard of Zephyr it was at least reminiscent of many other CS books, where a new girl to the school has to be taught a few lessons and turned into a proper young lady!

It was also interesting to meet young Reg Entwhistle for the first time. He was about thirteen to the triplets' three and in the end I had to google his name to find out why it was so familiar!

This one was very preachy, a bit more than most, but on the whole it was quite a decent read. However, I am pretty sure I wouldn't have cared for it at all had I read it the same time as most of the others, when I was only 13 or so.

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