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A Leader in the Chalet School

(The Chalet School #45)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  151 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Jacynth Lambert, niece of Gay Lambert, arrives at the Chalet School with her older sister Anne.

Jacynth, who prefers to be known as Jack, is generally popular, although one member of her form takes an instant dislike to her.

Jack enjoys the outdoor activities of the Chalet school, although she is frustrated by the winter blizzards. This leads to several practical jokes,
Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 23rd 1985 by Armada (first published 1956)
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Feb 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is where you start to see the possibility of Len as head girl in later years. Elinor M Brent-dyer has written a fine character in Len .
Donna Boultwood
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another cute story with some amusing incidents.
L.H. Johnson
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Two Chalet School reviews in a row! I imagine you can guess that I am in a mood for comfort reads at the moment; I want fat, luscious, clean reads that I can just sink into and enjoy. Perhaps it is a reaction to finishing a draft of my thesis. I rather suspect it is.

I have enjoyed revisiting these later Chalet School books more than I thought I would. A Leader In The Chalet School is one that is more workmanlike than most of the ones around this point in the series, but somehow it is strangely
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My copy is the original paperback edition (of course) - same cover illustration but no orange box for the title. I can't actually work out if the girl who has just tumbled down is Jack or Ted.

EBD is good at depicting the characterful junior, and her often more colourless chums, but the book isn't only about Jack - the 'leader' of the title is of course Len, and there's a fair amount of action in the senior forms too. The story is workmanlike rather than ground-breaking, but although we have had
Aug 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Jack Lambert is the new girl in this book; niece of Gay Lambert, of Gay from China, and a tomboy. Shes likeable and honest, but also full of curiosity and mischief. Len Maynard takes Jack under her wing. Were told rather too often that Len is taking on the mantle of both her mother and Mary-Lou, but I thought her character emerges quite nicely.

The book follows the usual classroom anecdotes and entertainments, enlivened by Jacks determination to play tricks, and by one of her classmates taking a
Feb 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Tomboy Jack finds that her tricks and jokes (Surprise!) get her into trouble. She doesn't have the patience to think things through and has difficulty foreseeing the consequences of her actions. Luckily Len Maynard, oldest and most mature of Jo's triplets, takes a liking to her, though she gets exasperated with all Jack's inquisitiveness, and helps her to see how to improve her behavior without losing face. Jack develops a real interest in the Chalet School and grows to feel she has a place in ...more
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite Chalet School books - probably more because it was one of the first ones I read than because it's a particularly good book! It's the last book before Len becomes just too good to be true, it introduces Jack Lambert, who is a definite highlight of the later Swiss books, and Miss Annersley does some awesome headmistressing. Add in a few practical jokes (of which there are actually surprisingly few in the series as a whole) and a Saturday Evening entertainment that would be ...more
Apr 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Jack Lambert has been itching to go to the Chalet School ever since she was a young girl. Now that she's eleven, her wish has finally been granted, and she's being sent there. She quickly gains a reputation for playing tricks on people, and when a serious prank has been pulled, everyone thinks she has done it. It's a tough time for her, but her true friends stand by her, and the truth comes out in the end.
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Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I thought I'd read this - but turns out no! This is Jack Lambert's first term at school - and it doesn't go smoothly. There's a reoccurrance of Ruey's father's antics, which always strike me as even more bonkers and far fetched than Elisaveta's kidnapping, and there's a continuation of Len's Path To Head Girl as we're signposted even more to Trip 1's excellent qualities (she's still my favourite of Joey's children for all that!).
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another delightful Chalet school story, full of the usual mischief and games. I liked Jack, and her persistence with Len. I'm already noticing the tendency for girls to have boy's nicknames, and a host of odd names. Still have one more in this series that I own to read, will try and get that done before the weekend. I do love boarding school stories! ;)
Introducing Jack Lambert! And I always was quite fond of the Jack/Len pairing as well.
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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 ...more

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