A Future Chalet School Girl by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer

A Future Chalet School Girl cover

A Future Chalet School Girl by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


It recently hit me that there were still a few titles to do in my review of the Chalet School series and, that A Future Chalet School Girl is quite poor in every definition of the word, so where else to start but there? We all know this part of the series is not great, so any review of these books from this period need a star knocked off on principle. But then, there’s an argument for whacking a whole ton of stars onto this book and that argument is this:

MINIBUSES.

There is not enough minibus content in children’s literature and I, for one, enjoy detailed descriptions of sitting arrangements. And seatbelts. And hammocks slung between the aisles for the babies to sleep in. And how many miles it does to the litre (hysterically sidestepped by EBD who just writes “the man told him” and moves on). I LOVE IT. I love it because it’s all so delightfully ridiculous. And the amount of drama that we get from it? Amazing.

The plot, for what it’s worth, is thin. We’re on holiday! A new girl randomly joins up with everybody for a couple of weeks and she has the most amazing connection to the Chalet School that you’ll never guess (you will guess, you will adore it, you will loathe it)! An old girl cameos (who, what? oh my gosh you’ll never guess where she lives!) and I am being mean here because it’s all so silly but utterly wonderful at the same time. I love it, immensely, even when a recovering invalid has soup followed a jam omelette and washes it all down with a glass of milk yellow with cream (none of that meal is a good thing, none of it). It’s adorable, but so, so dull all at the same time, which is quite the fascinating achievement in my book.

Seatbelts!





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2 comments

  1. That whole minibus thing is very dodgy. Jack accepted a lottery ticket from a patient’s relative, and, when the numbers came up, spent the money on a minibus for his family, instead of giving the money to the San?! He’d get struck off for doing that now 🙂 .

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