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Gay From China at the Chalet School by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
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Nov 30, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: british-school-stories
Read in November, 2009 , read count: 2

** spoiler alert ** Jacynth Hardy needs to attend boarding school while her guardian, her "Auntie," undergoes some very serious surgery. Auntie has scrimped for years in order to afford four years of school for Jacynth, and together they hope Jacynth will qualify for a university scholarship. Of course they choose the Chalet School, during WWII not in a Tirolean chalet but a home in Wales. Boarding a train on her way to the school, Jacynth meets outgoing Gay Lambert, and they quickly become friends. The course of the year does not run smoothly, however, because of the interference of the officious Miss Bubb, who is hired as a substitute headmistress while the beloved Miss Annersley recovers from a serious injury. To me, the most interesting of the Chalet School books always feature a student or staff person who does not fit in to the comforting, encouraging atmosphere of the school, as in _Eustacia Goes to the Chalet School_, _Theodora and the Chalet School_, and this one. Of course Eustacia and Theodora eventually do learn the school ways, and then they become Stacy and Teddy, and fit in nicely. But the inflexible Miss Bubb never does adapt, and manages to cause numerous upheavals during her tenure as headmistress. Well worth reading for lovers of the Chalet School stories.
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