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Ms. Rapscott's Girls

(Ms. Rapscott's Girls #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,147 ratings  ·  273 reviews
Fans of Mary Poppins will love this whimsical tale of a boarding school for children of very busy parents, where an extraordinary headmistress teaches them life lessons about courage, adventure, friendship . . . and the importance of birthday cake.

Nestled inside a lighthouse, Great Rapscott School for the Daughters of Busy Parents takes its motto from Amelia Earhart:
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by Dial Books (first published March 1st 2015)
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Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, ya-kid-lit
Mary Poppins, Nanny McPhee, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle - there is a proud tradition of stories about adults who teach children lessons in unusual ways. Ms. Rapscott has now joined this group with her odd boarding school for girls of busy parents. She does things in such strange ways, like sending packing boxes in which the students are shipped to school, feeding the girls birthday cake and ice cream every morning, or deliberately trying to have bad luck. And her students are all bewildered by life away ...more
Ms. Yingling
Mar 26, 2015 rated it liked it
The founder of the Great Rapscott School for the Daughters of Busy Parents (which is more US than British) draws on her own childhood experience as the daughter of scientists to provide what she thinks is the necessary care for five daughters of the busiest parents in the world. Four of these arrive in flying, post paid boxes, and are cleaned up, outfitted with sturdy boots, and sent on an adventure to find the fifth girl, Dahlia, whose box was not properly fastened and who is lost. Bea, ...more
”’You will never be afraid of getting lost if you know how to find your way!’”

3.5. out of 5 stars

What an utterly charming read.

Where do little girls whose parents are too busy to take care of them go? To the Great Rapscott School for the Daughter of Busy Parents, of course! Under the guidance of the ever enthusiastic and exuberant Ms. Rapscott, four precocious youngsters will learn all about how to write a thank-you note, make a wish on a birthday cake, how to get lost (!!) and how to make
Chelka Posladek
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-books
I'm giving this 3 stars because I liked it...and I also didn't like it. I think my 7-year-old self would have adored this book. My adult self thinks it suffers from Trying to Be Clever. I like that the story is incredibly positive. There are a few moments where the girls are snippy with each other, but only because they don't know better. Nothing is inappropriate or grotesque, which is a plus for me. However, it's clear that Elise Primavera is doing her best to emulate her favorite clever ...more
Beth Kakuma-Depew
Cozy adventure for girls who want to live in a magical white-utopia. Characters lack ethnic diversity. Not sure who the audience for this is.

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Seriously --? Why is every character white? One girl has straight black hair and slanty eyes, so maybe she's Asian. So the ironic humor is based on Busy Parents who neglect their daughters. Maybe the author felt uncomfortable making some of those negligent parents non-white. (or Asian) Hmmmmm.....Still
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a treat this book is! I needed a diversion when I picked it up and it was just the thing to keep me from weeping over another book (see my review for How to Be a Good Creature).

Ms. Rapscott runs a school for the daughters of the busiest people in the world, who arrive in special boxes on the porch of her lighthouse in need of learning some of life’s most important lessons—like how to keep a secret…and how to eat birthday cake and ice cream for breakfast. Ms. Rapscott and her assistants—
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
There is no need to apply to Great Rapscott School for the Daughters of Busy Parents. If you are among the few children whose parents are busy enough to qualify, they will fill out the application for you. They will also send you a box, into which your parents may seal you, so that the box may fly you directly to the school. The five little girls who make their way to Great Rapscott by these extraordinary means are a sad set of specimens, known for being loud, lazy, bumbling, and older/younger ...more
I knew Ms. Rapscott's Girls would be delightfully ridiculous when I read the first page and saw, at the end of the notice about Great Rapscott School for Girls of Busy Parents,

"Too busy to bring your daughter to Great Rapscott School? Not a problem! For your convenience we have provided this easy to use self-addressed box in which to safely mail your precious daughter. No postage necessary. Crackers and cheese are free."

Ms. Rapscott accepts the daughters of the five busiest parents in the
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Ms. Rapscott runs a board school for girls that is all about adventure, courage and birthday cake, with candles. When a new summer term begins, five little girls are mailed to the school in their boxes. Mailed because their parents are some of the busiest people in the world and can’t be bothered to drop their children off at school in person. Four little girls make it safe and sound but the fifth has fallen out of her box because it wasn’t sealed properly. Ms. Rapscott has to teach her ...more
Ms. Rapscott (along with her trusty corgi assistants, Lewis and Clark) run "The Rapscott School for Girls of Busy Parents". Parents so busy, in fact, they don't have time to pack their girls up and send them off to school. Naturally Ms. Rapscott provides a handy little service of sending them a box in which to ship the girls in. Through a series of adventures, the girls learn Ms. Rapscott's lessons in courage, strength, bravery, and teamwork. Highly entertaining and funny (dark humor, along the ...more
Kerrie Mierop
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this spirited novel aimed at middle readers, girls of parents who are too busy for them, learn life lessons in a unique and delightful way. The characters are in line with Willy Wonka and Mary Poppins. The girls find themselves arriving at school in boxes and when one box arrives empty, the class is off on an adventure to find their lost classmate. Learning to depend on others and themselves, this wonderfully crafted story leaves the reading not wanting to put the book down. A well structured ...more
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
I like ms. Rapscott's girls because, I feel like I am there with the characters. I highly recommend this book.
Not my favorite of the Battle books I'm reading this year, but it was entertaining.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
The girls and I listened to the audiobook, and the narrator was absolutely fabulous. A fun story that is a mix of Mary Poppins and Roald Dahl, with a little bit of LumberJanes thrown in for good measure. So much fun and with good messages, as well. We will be excited to read the sequel!
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. My seven-year-old really like this one, and I thought it was okay, so we are splitting the difference for our rating.
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We LOVE this book! I'm so glad I found it! My kids have it practically memorized. The audio book is so fabulous. Mark was listening to it on repeat for a few weeks.
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Great Rapscott School for Girls of Busy Parents is a brilliant idea for a boarding school! Parents who are too busy with their jobs to give their girls even the minimal care required receive mysterious letters inviting them to send their girls to Ms. Rapscott's School for free. Five bratty girls are invited to enroll in this boarding school located in an old Light House. Transportation is provided free of charge. Most of the girls arrive packed in large boxes blown in by a storm, one girl ...more
Freda Mans-Labianca
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Filled with magic, adventure, humor and wonder, this story takes you away to the most wonderful lighthouse. Ms. Rapscott's School for Girls with Busy Parents. These girls learn many things at the school, things only children of busy parents need to know.
As a parent, reading the book I lovd how the author used magic and adventure to teach self-love, confidence and more. These girls struggled with these issues having such busy parents, and Ms. Rapscott had to teach these girls they were
Feb 02, 2017 added it
Four girls have been chosen to go to Ms. Rapscott school for girls of busy parents. At first the girls didn't like it there and they didn't get along with each other. Than, Ms. Rapscott made the girls find there way back to the lighthouse when they got lost. The girls eventually liked it more and more. Dahlia Thisle was a lost Rapscott girl who couldn't find her way to the lighthouse, the girls mission was to try a find Dahila Thisle. At the end, the girls found the lost girl and brought her ...more
Kaethe Douglas
Daughters of the busiest parents in the world are invited to a special, fantastic boarding school. It's sort of like Mary Poppins running an elementary Hogwarts, sort of like my beloved Annie's Adventuresof The Sisters Eight series. But the very best things is the two corgis who are Ms. Rapscott's stout assistants: Lewis and Clark are like Moe the Dog in Tropical Paradise.

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Shawna Brooks
Feb 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I got this book from Goodreads First Reads.

Middle-grade me would've loved this book. Twenty four year old me still found it enjoyable, but not great. Parents who don't want to deal with their kids basically send them off to a boarding school housed in a flying lighthouse run by a woman named Ms. Rapscott, who teaches the girls to love themselves, how to be good friends, and basically ever other elementary school moral to ever exist. Being honest, I think my favorite characters were the two dogs,
Jun 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: with-the-girls
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Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ms. Rapscott runs a school for girls of extremely busy parents. parents so busy that they probably didn't even notice their daughters went to yet another boarding school! Along with her intrepid corgis, Lewis and Clark, Ms. Rapscott teaches the girls the fine art of getting lost, and finding yourself. Along the way, the girls learn the valuable lessons, of hygiene, compassion, manners, and being self-sufficient. Whimsical and reminiscent of Mary Poppins and Nanny McPhee.
Apr 11, 2015 rated it liked it
The book definitely has potential and it will be interesting to see if the author continues with the story in a series. The main character, Ms. Rapscott's is a wonderful character as are the girls but there could have been more development and growth of the characters which perhaps will come later if more books are written. It will also be interesting to see if the horrible parents of the children end up coming in to the story more.
Jesse Figuera
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
So sweet and quirky and refreshing. It felt like Willy Wonka mixed with Mary Poppins with a heavy dash of Amelia Earhart. Plus there are two pet corgis with clipboards. It doesn't make much more inspirational than practical..but I still loved it and will recommend it to plenty of girls ages 8-10.
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was an adorable book about a boarding school for daughters of busy parents. It was such a fun read, just borderline ridiculous and very funny. It also tees up like the beginning of a series, so that is fun.
Jan 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Annabelle & Daliah were my favorite characters, which is saying something because i love corgis. I thought the good luck chapter to be positively pointless. Doesn't hold a candle to the original Mary Poppins or the modern Penelope from The Incorrigibles.
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
A quick read, kind of quirky. Looks like it is set up for more adventures. If it wasn't such a quick read I'd have given up. Wild adventures, but I didn't get the purpose and didn't see the growth.
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a delightful read! Such a wonderful story of young girls on an adventure, learning about the world, and experiencing new things! I would recommend this to everyone <3
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-books
This book is about a school for girls of busy parents. Five girls went there but only four of them made it. One of them fell out. Will they be able to find her? Read it to find out.
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