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The New Chalet School

(The Chalet School - Armada #14)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  164 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Originally published in hardcover, The New Chalet School was broken into two volumes in paperback, the first part (this volume) retaining the original title, and the second named A United Chalet School.

The friendly rivalry between the Chalet School and St Scholastika's is put to the test by unruly behaviour by the Balbini twins and their catapult. The incident leads to
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 1st 1975 by Armada (first published 1938)
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L.H. Johnson
There's a moment in this book, relatively early on, where Joey is advised to rub butter on a bruise and it is a moment which fascinates me to this day. Would the butter have to be salted or unsalted? How much of the butter would suffice? Is this really a thing or is it Elinor M. Brent-Dyer having one of her hallucinations? A part of me wants to google whether this is true medical science, and yet an equal part of me doesn't want to find out.

And so we come to The New Chalet School, a book that
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Jannah (Cloud Child)
3.5/5
A bit funny a bit dramatic but a bit boring all thw same lol.
Maria balbini was quite over the top. The fact that scholastika and chalet school joined and they used the pranking kids to bring an already together school just wasnt that interesting overall really. Would have been a bit more interesting if there was a feud within girls lol. It was honestly too short a book overall.
Muriel McIvor
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Chalet School in Guernsey xxx
Celia
Mar 19, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: chalet-school
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Shawne
Jul 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Little wonder that the blurb for this book promises much mystery and adventure - even taking into account the amount of hijinks the Chalet girls experience on a regular basis, even this term would leave anybody breathless. Everything from merging with St Scholastika's, through to the pranks by The Mystic M (a mini-secret society set up by Maria and Mario Balbini, little Italian royal folk hellbent on taking revenge on Madge and Jo), and then a trip to Salzburg that's overcome by floods... it's a ...more
Deborah
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A cunning ruse by Armada - by only publishing the (abridged) first half of the original New, they created something unique: a Chalet School book with a plot. A fairly preposterous plot, in which the Mystic M (oh yes) shoot Madge and kidnap Sybil, but, still, a plot.

Sadly there's so much plot that we don't get all the usual EBD detail of life at the Chalet - nor, crucially, do her characters dance off the page in the way they do in her other books. This is the essential problem with EBD - when
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Sue
Nov 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Slightly confusingly, this is the first half of the original 'New Chalet School', published in paperback in the 1970s, with the second half being re-named 'The United Chalet School'.

It begins with the news that St Scholastika's has been sold, as their head has retired, and the girls will be joining the Chalet School. A new block will be built, but in the meantime the school will be rather crowded. We also learn that Mademoiselle LePattre will not be returning to teaching.

The Russells and their
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Sarah
Feb 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A really thin book, so quick to finish. It was originally one book, but it got split into two (The New Chalet School and A United Chalet School).

The friendly rival school of St Scholastika's has been closed down, and quite a few of their girls have joined the Chalet School. It's tough for them in the beginning, but they eventually become fast friends.
Claire
Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
A new-to-me Chalet school book and one that fills in some of the holes. As ever it's a product of its time so warning for terrible race-related epithets in one part, but still a satisfying school story for the major plot-line, albeit one with all the melodrama and coincidence one expects from a Chalet School novel (especially the earlier ones).
Donna Boultwood
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another lovely story. Not so much focus on the school and its pupils this time. Great emphasis on illness -such was the time though I guess. Love the line "I'd rather teach hottentots!"
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