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Charm School

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  645 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Bonny does not want to go to Charm School, no matter how much Mum needs her to take a one day class. And it's just as bad as she has feared. Worse, in fact. For Charm School is filled with awful, scratchy, self-obsessed girls who are prepared to do almost anything to win the much-coveted 'Glistening Tiara'...
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 3rd 2000 by Corgi Yearling (first published 1999)
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Lorraine Gaule
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Anne Fine was and still is one of my favourite children’s authors. Her most famous book would be Madam Doubtfire, which most people will know as the popular film Ms. Doubtfire. Charm School is a book for children aged 9/10+, more probably girls as it is very as the name suggests set one Saturday in a school for ‘charming girls.’ I found this book original and humorous, it has a lot of unexpected parts to it and it is not what you would expect which will be interesting for children reading as it ...more
Diana-Katry Kornis
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute children's book! :)
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! I must have read it like 50 times by now ^-^ I love being girly so I'd love to go to charm school but I get why Bonnie might not want to. After all, not everyone likes pink and cute things. I like that Bonnie tells the other girls that they can have fun and don't always have to be perfect - especially that they can eat the nice things they named themselves after. I think that's an immportant message - I think teenagers are told what we shouldn't eat too often (haha, off I go ag ...more
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved it because it's answer to the Curls ad Purls girls was to have fun. I like that Anne Fine didn't delve too much into media and why girls see themselves the way they do, because it would have seemed to simplistic and trite, especially as everyhting happens in one day. Instead, the girls are encouraged to have fun instead of sitting at the mirror all the day. I liked Bonnie very much because she was so candid and improper without being annoying. This book is really funny, and still makes m ...more
Rae Stoltenkamp
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really liked the core theme of this book. It centres around Bonny who joins a group of girls who are obsessed with how they look and what they wear. None of these things matter to Bonny as she believes life is more than just being decorative. Even though the other girls do their best to make Bonny feel as though she is worthless for not being like them, she takes control of the situation and helps them realise their own worth. This is an excellent book for reinforcing the message that life is ...more
Louise Armstrong
Oct 18, 2011 rated it liked it
It's a little bit heavy handed (unusual for Anne Fine!) but intended for younger readers, I suppose.

She's very good at catching people's characters in dialogue.

'Stroke it on gently, dear,' Mrs Opalene was telling Pearl. 'Don't scrape away at Araminta's precious face.'

I think that the two words that make this line effective are 'dear' and 'precious'.

Mrs Opaline, by the way, runs the charm school and is: 'A large, round, glittering lady.'
Feb 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: hated
I have heard of Anne Fine as she is quite a traditional author but this book was far from her greatest work. Personally I found the main character annoying and the rest of the characters with no reason for being. The writing was a drag too with lots of narrative words instead of description. I didn't enjoy the storyline at all so overall a bit disappointed really. However I will say that for younger children, age 6, they might enjoy it but I don't recommend it.
May 06, 2010 rated it did not like it
Don't get me wrong, this could potentially be an amazing book for teenagers and children but the only memories I have of it are of hating it. I was around ten when I read this and I can still remember the intense feelings of clastrophobia and panic I got from the storyline.

Either me being very strange or the author being very good at absorbing young readers!
Apr 30, 2010 rated it liked it
not a bad book,although it doesn't make to the list of my TOP-favourite books.
Jun 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a funny book about looks and friendship. It was a quick and enjoyable read.
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