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Prefects of the Chalet School

(The Chalet School #58)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  153 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The last term at the Chalet School for the Maynard triplets is bound to be eventful. A supposedly quiet afternoon has a near-unhappy ending and examinations, sports and the sale all produce excitements. But it is Len, as head girl, who has the biggest shock of all when Dr Entwistle has an accident.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 12th 1994 by Armada (first published 1970)
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Daisy May Johnson
Feb 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
There's a sort of addictive quality to the Chalet School series when you reach this point; an awareness that the best books are many moons behind us and somehow all that's left is melodrama and farce, but it's a melodrama and farce that you just can't quite give up yet.

And then, suddenly it's over and all you can do is go "Oh ... is that it?"

All good things come to an end, and the Chalet School outlived its natural end point by many many books. This final installment is tired and more than a li
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Deborah
Feb 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Oh dear. This is such a dreary book and it's a shame to end the series on a downer. Let's focus on the bonkersness. The speedboat racing subplot, in which the staff decide to follow Joey Maynard's advice, and then Miss Annersley completely disregards it, and then the regatta is cancelled anyway. The week in which the entire school is 'off-timetable' in order to prepare for the Sale. The way characters change forms (Melanie Lucas - Vb or VIb?) or ages (Len Maynard - 17 or 18?), or disappear altog ...more
Jackie Harris
Having read this book on more than one occasion, it just doesn't sit right with having been written by Brent-Dyer. I gather its her last book but the style is not her usual style and the characters don't ring true to her previous books, particularly the constant usage of surnames all the time. Miss Annersley doesn't come across as a headmistress in full control of her school which seems to be the prerogative of the prefects, mostly Len Maynard. The impression I get is that this could be any boar ...more
Marjorie
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is the final 'Chalet School', and I re-read it as part of a re-read of the entire series. Reading 6 of them in 4 weeks does show up the repetitive nature of EBD's writing and plots, so I was little jaded once I got to this one.

It covers the last term of the Maynard triplets' school lives, and gives us indications of their future plans, which is nice way to end the series (even if their choices may seem a little disappointing, and quite out of character, in one case!)

worth reading for comple
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Katharine
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chalet-school
The final book of my first ever full run through!!!!
Sue
Jan 25, 2008 rated it liked it
Last in the lengthy Chalet School series. The Maynard triplets are in their final term, and their futures become clear to them.

When I read this in 200, I wrote: "Good, hopeful ending to the extremely lengthy series!"

Re-reading in 2018, I found it rather dull and disjointed. Too much trite dialogue, way too much about the annual Sale, and several plot-lines which looked promising but then petered out.

Worth having if you're a fan and collector of the series - and there are some good parts - but
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Sarah Adamson
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, owned
The last term of school for the Maynard triplets wouldn't be complete without forecasting their futures, having reunions of original and famous members and a big celebration of goodies and adventures. A good book but there are better. Since this was apparently published after Elinor's death, we can assume it probably was not going to be her best work. ...more
Tria
First GR read November 2012, second April 2016. 3.5* rounded down. Not a bad book, but not my favourite of the series for various reasons. I still can't believe the idea of Margot becoming a nun, frankly. ...more
Carolynne
Sep 04, 2007 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This was Elinor Brent-Dyer's last book, published posthumously in 1974. Joey's triplets are prefects, and predictably have problems with the "Middles." ...more
Heather
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This traumatises me every time I read it. It's such a poor imitation of School at, Exile or the glorious Armiford set. There's a very good reason I haven't reread this for years. ...more
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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 d ...more

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