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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book for all Chalet School fans, 12 Sept. 2000
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This review is from: The Chalet School (9) - Exploits of the Chalet Girls (Paperback)
Considering the great number of books in this series, I never tire of the story lines. There's something different about children's books that not only entertain, educate, but capture the imagination of people who should have long since given up reading children's fiction (myself included). Jo is at her best, and though Thekla's behaviour challenges her strong leadership, she naturally wins through in the end. It would be very difficult to criticise this book, and some of the failings are so characteristic of the series, that it would be churlish of me to try. Buy it, read it over and over again, as I have, and wonder what your life would have been like, living next to a lake in the Tirol, 60 years ago!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Crazed Young Noblewoman Causes Havoc In The Chalet School, 10 Sept. 2000
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This review is from: The Chalet School (9) - Exploits of the Chalet Girls (Paperback)
This is a wonderful story, prime EBD fare. It is a superb example of EBD's ability to deal with pressing social issues while telling a sprightly and amusing tale. This book was first published in 1931 and is reprinted in almost unabridged form here so that we may fully enjoy EBD's gift for writing so evocative of time and place.
Although there are many strands to this story, the central one is that of Thekla von Stift's arrival at the Chalet School. Thekla, a young noblewoman and cousin of school prefect Marie von Eschenau, is sent to the school by her mother who is worried about Thekla becoming infected by the proto-Nazi ideals of her half brother. Unfortunately, Thekla has been raised to think of the professional, middle and lower classes as mere animals unworthy of consideration, and cannot cope with the democratic ideals of the school where she is expected to show respect to all, irrespective of their social class of origin. The Chalet Series addressed the problems of class politics often, EBD being a firm believer in democracy and the rights of all humanity, but never so firmly as it does here. The school is shocked by Thekla's arrogant disdain and violent outbursts of rage and must somehow find a way of dealing with this very difficult situation.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book, 9 Jan. 2000
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Eustacia Benson arrives at the chalet school after the death of her parents. She dosn't want to be there at all. By the end of the week, she has everybody disliking her. An accident to Miss Wilson makes Jo her bitter enemy to the end of the book. Eustacia finally runs away from the school, but the stream floods and there are fears for Eustacia's life once she finally is found.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book!, 2 Aug. 2000
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Not many Chalet books are in print still. I bought this a a 2-in-1 and it's one of the best Chalet stories if not one of the best books I've read. I have read a lot of books-the local libaries have them and I have quite a few of my own. A lot of them are secondhand ones.
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