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The Wrong Chalet School

(The Chalet School #24)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  250 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Katherine Mary Gordon, age 14, is in the care of her Aunt Luce, a famous artist, while her parents are working as medical missionaries in China.

Her mother asks Aunt Luce to arrange for Katherine to be sent to boarding school to complete her education. Aunt Luce, remembering vaguely that a friend of the family teaches at a Chalet School, makes inquires and determines that
Paperback, 159 pages
Published May 23rd 1985 by Armada (first published 1952)
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Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is actually a really good Chalet School story, but I read it before The Chalet School in Exile and now, looking back, it's less of a book in comparison to Exile's fraught historical time frame.

That said, there's something amazingly, ridiculously lighthearted about two Chalet Schools on the same island - both with Miss Wilsons - with students named Mary Katherine Gordon and Katherine Mary Gordon. In this situation it's taken to the extreme - classic boarding-school story style! - but why wou
Daisy May Johnson
This is so wholeheartedly a good book. In a way, it's a prototype for the ideal school story. The new girl arrives; highjinks jink, a Talent Is Discovered, and another girl gets her comeuppance. The difference with The Wrong Chalet School is that it's so fiercely dippy that you can't be held back by doubt or questions. This book is what it is. It doesn't hold back from itself and that's what makes it so special.

Katherine Mary Gordon is our new girl, and could it be that she's been sent to the w
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Strangely (given it's not set in my favourite time period in the series nor features my favourite character) this has become one of my favourite Chalet School books ...more
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed rereading this one - it feels cohesive and thought through as a novel, with Katharine Gordon's mistaken arrival at the Chalet School pairing well with her tennis prowess to add colour to the term defined by this particular Chaletian. ...more
Jan 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's at least twelve years since I read this book, which is 24th in the original Chalet School series for teenagers. I roughly remembered the plot... a likeable girl, Katharine Gordon, joins the school but finds several inconsistencies. I had forgotten the details - that her name is not recorded quite correctly, for instance, and that two trunks arrive rather than one. She puts it all down to her scatty Aunt Luce who is an 'artistic' type, and settles down quickly. She makes some friends and is ...more
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorites, despite the fact that the Island is my least favorite of all the locations.
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the Chalet book my husband picked for me to read aloud to him one night while he cooked dinner - this was a good 20 years ago, at an early stage in our relationship, and he was curious as to why I was so attached to all these books. He picked this one because the title intrigued him.

What a mistake to make. It moves from tedious in-depth descriptions of unpacking trunks to tedious ball-by-ball accounts of tennis matches and my husband found it both boring and baffling. Hey ho.

I really enj
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, children-s
The Wrong Chalet School was my first encounter with the Chalet School series. It hasn't lost any of its charm! Highly recommended - it's such a shame that the books of the series are either out of print or only available new at a price well over the odds for children's books! There are still a good number of second-hand copies floating about cheaply, though, and it's well worth trying to get hold of them! ...more
Mar 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Katherine Mary Gordon has been sent to the Chalet School. She's been staying with her Aunt Luce, her parents were overseas working. Her Aunt Luce is an artist, one who forgets about everything else whilst she's painting. Once Katherine reaches the Chalet School, a mysterious trunk appears labeled to Mary Katherine Gordon.

It's not her trunk, so whose could it be? And when it's discovered that Katherine was not meant to be sent to this Chalet School, where is the other Mary Katherine Gordon?
Through a mixup Katherine Mary Gordon is sent to the Chalet school by mistake. However she predictably comes to thrive there. Enjoyable not-too-cloying story with an engaging heroine and a tiny bit of a mystery. Whatever happened to Mary Katherine Gordon?
Another tale of the girls at the Chalet School. Enjoyed it a lot!
Donna Boultwood
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great story, usual funny antics and characters. Blimey! How many kids will the Bettany women have?!
Thoroughly enjoyable! I definitely enjoyed the mystery surrounding Katharine at first, and she was a delightful new girl to follow.
I flew through this book.
Could some people find the Katherine Mary/Mary Katherine portion a bit unbelievable? Maybe, but I find it well within the realm of possibility.
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Wrong Chalet School is book 27 of a reread (I started at Exile don’t @ at me, then went back to School at the Chalet and continued forward from there), and is book 24 in the series, being one of the books set on St Briavel. First reread of the Chalet School books since I went to Pertisau.
I do love this book, it’s funny one of my favourite Chalet School books and Katherine is a lovely heroine. Hilarious moments throughout and Katherine of course proves herself to be the perfect Chalet Girl.
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