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Althea Joins the Chalet School

(The Chalet School #57)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  134 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A chain of family events force Althea to go to the Chalet School. She encounters jealousy on the part of one of her classmates, but there are many compensations for her in the friendship of Len and her family and the girls of Upper IVB.
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published November 1st 1969 by Chambers
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Daisy May Johnson
It's no secret that quality dips substantially towards the end of the Chalet School series, and Althea is emblematic of that shift. Following the now traditional format of 'new girl attending the school', we witness Althea's eventual and inevitable integration into a true Chalet Girl during the first half of the term. The Borg-like overtones of the Chalet School at this point in time are hard to escape, and resistance is truly futile.

There are moments in this book which are truly legendary, and
First read November 2012, second March 2014.

Not bad, though certainly of its time and its author's generation - published in 1969, but the series began to be published in the 1920s, and it shows in plenty of ways.

For unexamined racism - which in the author's works is sadly quite prevalent, though much less so than in a few others of her time, and you can tell here and there that she actually was *trying* to go easy with it - it is not as bad as it could be, or as a couple of books earlier in th
The cover presumably shows the sixth formers - not Althea - because they are the only ones who go into the woods to do some sketching in this story. Although it's more likely to be the sixth formers of some other school, because at the Chalet School, they all wear summer frocks in different colours (ie not just blue). And when the Chalet School sixth formers go sketching, the stream is a trickle, not a rather impressive waterfall. But apart from all that, it's a really good cover, faithful in ev ...more
Jan 25, 2008 rated it liked it
Althea's parents are going abroad, so she's sent to the Chalet School. This is the penultimate book in the series - number 57 in the original hardbacks - and, unusually, it covers just half a term.

On the whole, it's a run-of-the-mill school story about how Althea settles in. Pleasant enough light reading for fans of the series, but not one I'd recommend as a starting point, nor for casual readers dipping into Chalet School books.

Apr 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Another new girl at the Chalet School. The relationship between Althea and Val Pertwee, who is envious of Althea's friendship with Samaris, is the most interesting part of the book. The cover incident involving to boys and a runaway speedboat--unnecessary and boring! ...more
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-story, fiction, ya
Classic late-series Chalet School; I thought I might have read it before, but I can't tell! Entertaining, anyway. ...more
Sarah Adamson
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, ya, owned
The penultimate chalet school book. Contains delightful parts and irritating parts as with several of the later chalet books. Enjoyed for its essential added elements to the chalet school series.
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it
The penultimate book and the last term of EBD’s Chalet series begin with a familiar situation: Althea needs a boarding school while her parents are abroad. What to do? Don’t worry, by the end of the first chapter the Chalet School beckons. Althea is a nice girl rather than a problem child, but one who has a distinct personality - somewhat shy but also assertive when she needs to be. Besides the incidents no Chalet book is ever without, her problems arise when she inadvertently causes trouble for ...more
Definitely not the best - and a bit confusing in the Armada version
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Classic chalet school!
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