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The Chalet School Does It Again: Elinor M. Brent-Dyer. Armada, 1990

I am excruciatingly slowly completing my Chalet School collection, and yes, with the aid of abridged Armada publications.

The title of this story always Read more... )
feather_ghyll: Illustration of the Chalet against a white background with blue border (Chalet School)
Carola Storms the Chalet School: Elinor M. Brent-Dyer. 1951 (although I suspect this is a reprint) Chambers

A reread, this, because I brought a hardback copy - I had an Armada copy already – partly for sentimental reasons, as the secondhand bookshop I was buying it at was closing.

Anyhow, this is the story where Read more... )
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The Chalet School and the Lintons: Elinor M. Brent-Dyer Chambers 1940 reprint

I’d previously read this story as split into two by Armada. It was nice to have it all in one hardback volume, although I managed to slosh some coffee over it at one point.

The story is that Gillian and Joyce LintonRead more... )
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I got hold of a Chambers hardback copy of this book (a reprint) - I wasn't struck by anything additional that wasn't in the paperback edition, but I haven't compared page by page or anything. (ETA: My Armada paperback is a 'revised edition' which was first published in 1970. Still couldn't tell you how revised it is, though.)

In this book, Read more... )

Edited on 17.1.14.
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One thing that I learned from reading A. M. W.’s ‘The Kettle of Fortune’ in Blackie’s Girls’ Annual is that trespassing is all right if you are posh and English, but not if you are poor and Scottish. Yes, I'm still working through that annual.

The Coming of Age of the Chalet School: Elinor M. Brent-Dyer

Reading ‘Excitements at the Chalet School’ inspired me to read ‘Coming of Age’, the next in the series. I have an Armada paperback copy that I bought back in the day when Chalet School books cost £1.95, and I had a habit of underlining all the Chalet girls’ names that appeared in my copy. Fortunately, I only kept up that bad habit for the first chapter, perhaps because I realised that in this book, of all Chalet School books, where so many Old Girls come back for a visit to join in the school’s celebrations, that it would be a bit much.

So, what did I think, now that I am closer in age to those Old Girls? Read more... )
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Excitements at the Chalet School: Elinor M. Brent-Dyer Armada, 1987

It has been years and years since I last read a Chalet School book or got my mitts on one of the few in the series that I hadn’t read (a slightly longer list than that of the ones I own thanks to libraries and friends). I genuinely think that I never read this before, Read more... )
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Noel Streatfeild news and resources:

Ballet Shoes to be made into a feature length drama to air on BBC One later this year - read the press release. I got the heads up from Digital Spy. This could be great, the BBC, after all, should be able to handle this sort of material in its sleep, but it rather depends on who they cast to play the Fossils and what the director gets out of them.

h2g2 has an overview of the 'Shoes' "series" (which was artificially created as such, though some of them are obviously connected, says the person who never could read 'The Bell Family', in fact I'm not sure if I didn't give up and give it away.)

For more, there's this well-presented Noel Streatfeild site: http://www.whitegauntlet.com.au/noelstreatfeild/

Discussion - girls in fiction and the women writing it

Girl wonders
As Nancy Drew returns to the screen, Laura Barton remembers the fictional female heroes who bested the boys, bucked convention and shaped her childhood

Were you an Ann or a George? (Plus, it may be made more explicit in later books, because, yes, I am of the Nancy Drew Files/strawberry blonde generation, but is Ned Nickerson not 'the love interest' and sidekick to Nancy? Sadly, there's no mention of the Swallows and Amazons girls in this article.)

Editorial anonymous, a children's book editor, discusses the question of whether children's books are a girls' club and if so why? This mainly refers to modern children's literature.

I recommend
Essay/Discussion: Twins, part two
by [livejournal.com profile] sangerin, which focuses on the twins of the Abbey Girls and Chalet School series.

Malcolm Saville resources:

The Malcolm Saville centenary website, through which I discovered 'Three Towers in Tuscany' is the first of a sequel, which ends with 'Marston Baines - Master Spy'. My delight at the fact that there are more books and that one of them has such a title cannot be textually rendered.

Quizzes:

http://www.funtrivia.com/quizzes/literature/specific_subjects__themes/childrens_literature.html

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