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Charm School Paperback – Illustrated, 3 Feb 2000

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens; New edition edition (3 Feb. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440864003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440864004
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,181,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne Fine leads a double life as an author. Of her eight novels for adult readers, she describes seven as black comedies and the first, The Killjoy, as simply 'dead black'. These adult novels cause readers to squirm with mingled horror and delight as she peels away the layers in all too familiar family relationships, exposing the tangled threads and conflicts beneath. It's therefore perhaps not surprising that Anne has openly expressed astonishment at the fact that murder in the domestic setting is not more common.
A great favourite for discussions in reading groups, Anne Fine's work has been published in over forty-five languages. Despite this, she remains best known in her home country, Britain, as a writer principally for children. She has twice won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Awards, the Guardian Children's Book Prize and numerous other prizes and awards. She was the second Children's Laureate from 2001-3, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and was awarded an OBE for services to children's literature.
Anne Fine is an entertaining and engaging speaker on the subject of books and reading, and is in demand the world over for her tireless enthusiasm, common sense approach to literacy, and for the deliciously wicked humour that permeates all her writing.
Find out more about Anne's dual lives at www.annefine.co.uk

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Bonny is certainly not keen to spend a day at Charm School but her mother has to sit an exam and can't find a babysitter so she bites the bullet and heads off for a day of sheer agony.

As the delightfully nasty Charm School girls--prissy little tinkerbells with fluffy hair and glittery dancing shoes--rev up for the competition to win the glistering tiara of Miss Supreme Queen, the confused and self-conscious Bonny finds herself in the middle of an out-and-out, no-holds-barred, war. Anne Fine has never fought shy of digging for emotional truth in her work and here the author of Madame Doubtfire and Goggle-Eyes doesn't fail the reader for one second as she skilfully takes one day in the life of a group of little girls and gives an exquisite, achingly sad yet robustly comical insight into what makes us all tick. --Susan Harrison

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"Anne Fine is an excellent writer with strong feelings where it really matters. Her latest novel tears into the whole tacky business of juvenile beauty pageants . . . Facts as well as fur fly as the whole silly business is brought to its knees" (Independent)

"Assured and lively . . . A comical clarion call against the idea that girls should simply be decorative" (The Sunday Times)

"This ultra-modern tale sparkles and crackles from page one to a dramatic finale" (The Bookseller)

"All of Fine's usual pace and verve" (TES) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Anne Fine has won many awards; she is also a Children's Laureate and she has written many fantastic books including the Diary of a Killer Cat, The Return of the Killer Cat, The Killer Cat Strikes Back, Loudmouth Lois and the More the Merrier. This book just stands out and shines compared to all of them, and it is one of my all time favourite books! Here is the story line: Bonny has just moved somewhere new and while her mother is at a course, she has to go to Charm School. She hates how everyone does practically nothing and does not want to be like them so she pretends to be one of Maura's little helpers: she has to do the sounds and lights for the show later. How will she cope? Find out in this great book... I would definitely rate this book 10/ 10 and would strongly recommend it to anyone, girls in particular, who like Anne Fine's super stories or anyone who likes the sound of this splendid story.
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I think this book was great the way it was based on a more different and interesting subject than any other books.The title 'Charm school' is also good as it only gives away a slight clue of what the book is about.I very much recommend this book to other readers who enjoy a nice smooth read,it is very gripping.To be honest I can't think of any improvments that could be made at all, because it is so absorbing to read, it is a very satisfying book.
Lucie Verver Age 10
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This is a fab book, I read it first when I was 11, and just reread it as a 21 year old and enjoyed it just as much. It poses interesting messages about the aesthetic obsessed world in which we live, without ramming the message down your throat.
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This Anne Fine book was really entertaining. I think this book is probably for ages above 9.
It is about a girl called Boony who has to go to a 1 day class, because her mom has to go to book keeping (advanced). Also Bonny's family had just moved into a new neighborhood, and her mom doesent want her to stay alone in an empty house. There were brouchures scattered on the floor. She looked through the pile and chose...Practical Parenting? Her mom refused. There was no time to hesitate.Then she noticed her self standing in front of a door. Behind the door was Charm School.
She steped in the room. She closed the door. No one looked at her. As She looked around, she saw allsorts of girls in fancy clothe. In front of them there stood a glistening lady making a speech. Sooner or later she found out that the lady was called Mrs. Opalene.
Any way, what was this place? Some girls trying to be perfect?
Bonny learned that you were supposed try to get the glistening tiara. Bonny didn't want to try to get the glistning tiara. She planned to help with the sound and lighting for the Curls and Purls show the girls were going to preform.
See what happens next by reading this book.
Highly recomended!
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This book was fabulous and suitable for all ages.It shows young people not to get mixed up in the way of fashion and real beauty is on the inside.A must for all readers
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i really enjoyed reading this book. it was so good. this girl has been made to go to charm school and she hates it. she does not like it at the school because all the girls do nothing but learn how to look pretty and it annoys the child who has been sent to the school. but just after one day of a child visiting charm school things will change and u will have to buy the book to find out anymore. so buy this book its defintely worth reading!!!! i recommend this book to girls and i would give this book a 100%.
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My daughter who is 9 loved this book. She loves books such as Malory Towers and Famous 5 and this seems to be the same type of genre. A relatively easy and fun read.
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Ok it was good but could be better and it was a very good story I liked it when she thought she was on the wrong floor that was funny
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