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Upper Fourth at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton
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Oct 27, 2009

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Read in December, 2001

Blyton's protagonist, lively Darrell Rivers, takes a leadership role in her term in the Upper Fourth Form, which irritates the hapless Gwendoline, who is unrelentingly unpleasant as well as lazy and overweight (of course: that's the Blyton stereotype of a villain). She is dismayed when little sister Felicity is befriended by the brazen June, who is cousin to Darrell's nemesis Alicia and whom Darrell does not trust. The book is full of stock characters (including twins who are opposite personalities and an Honorable who is shy and unassuming), typical Blyton adventures (including of course a midnight feast), and all kinds of problems for Darrell and Felicity, but somehow Blyton's moral compass manages to hold steady and things turn out for the best. Fun for school story lovers, but I like Blyton's Naughtiest Girl series better (and the education is better, too!)
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