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The New School at Scawdale

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Aileen Carey, homeward bound from Australia, is about to meet her family for the first time. Naturally, then, her school days in England will contain much that is thrilling and exciting...

But, as if these things were not enough, Aileen and her sisters become 'evacuees' along with many others they take up quarters in a big house ideally situated, far in the country. This is
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published 1955 by Blackie & Son (first published 1940)
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Jan 20, 2014 rated it liked it
A really odd book for Brazil. I thought for sure I would enjoy this book more, but it simply does not go anywhere. I really did not feel the characters change at all over the course of this book. Still, I do enjoy school stories, and this lovely little addition is still a welcome one to my school stories collection. The main obstacles were never addressed, and some characters and scenes contribute nothing to the story. In fact, I am still not sure there even was a story here!

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Daisy May Johnson
I have a lot of time for Angela Brazil and The New School at Scawdale is a very distinctively Brazil book. It drifts rather pleasantly from set piece to set piece but doesn't really do much with what it has. Back in the day Angela would have been all 'here's a Nazi spy!' and 'here's a long lost relative!' and 'hey, here's a mysterious castle' or some such, but The New School at Scawdale simply moves on.

None of this is, however, to say that it's a bad book. Far from it, The New School At Scawdal
Jane Irish Nelson
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
There are two major story lines in this book. First, fifteen-year-old Aileen is on her way "home" to England to rejoin a family she doesn't remember. She was a sickly baby, so was left with her Australian grandparents when her parents and older brother moved to England. Three more younger children have been added to the family in the meantime. As both Aileen and the rest of the family adjust to her inclusion, Trixie, two years younger, is the most affected, especially since she and Aileen end up ...more
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Born in Preston, Lancashire in 1868, Angela Brazil (pronounced "brazzle") was the youngest child of cotton mill manager Clarence Brazil, and his wife, Angelica McKinnel. She was educated at the Turrets - a small private school in Wallasey - and then, when the Brazils were living in Manchester, at the preparatory d

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