A Problem for the Chalet School

A Problem for the Chalet School Rosamund Lilley is horrified to learn that she has won a scholarship to the Chalet School given by Tom Gay s parents She doesn t want to leave her friends and family in a south of England town and go

  • Title: A Problem for the Chalet School
  • Author: Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
  • ISBN: 9780006905042
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rosamund Lilley is horrified to learn that she has won a scholarship to the Chalet School given by Tom Gay s parents She doesn t want to leave her friends and family in a south of England town and go to Switzerland But her mother feels that Rosamund was being influenced by the wrong girls, especially Joan Baker, their next door neighbour, and accepts for her Once she arRosamund Lilley is horrified to learn that she has won a scholarship to the Chalet School given by Tom Gay s parents She doesn t want to leave her friends and family in a south of England town and go to Switzerland But her mother feels that Rosamund was being influenced by the wrong girls, especially Joan Baker, their next door neighbour, and accepts for her Once she arrives she is introduced to the Maynard triplets and quickly becomes friends with Len, making the transition into school life easier She also discovers that it isn t as scary as she had feared.

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    1. This is one of the more interesting Chalet School books. This was first published in 1956, and it's explicitly about class. It's inherently interesting, because this tends to be a series that doesn't question its own premise. It's explicitly about class in a pretty tangled way. Rosamund is offered a scholarship to this posh boarding school and doesn't want to go; her parents point out it will offer her great opportunities in life, plus they don't really like the friends she has in their current [...]

    2. Definitely Rosamund and Joan on the cover, in their matching pink frocks; and it's definitely abroad. But Joan should have a blonde perm, not a dark bob; and Rosamund should have two long dark plaits and certainly shouldn't be dancing about with joy like that. So this one deserves some sort of prize just for the bizarre cover illustration. The actual story is an interesting one because it is explicitly about class and rank, unlike the usual Chalet story, in which class and rank are just there. N [...]

    3. I rather love A Problem for the Chalet School though I have the suspicion that I'm not meant to. I suspect I'm meant to be Team Chalet and Team Good Egg throughout but I can't help sort of loving the bumptious joy that is Joan Baker.You know the routine in the series at this point now, right? New girl joins school, new girl settles in, we go and have a meal with the random woman who lives next door, Mary-Lou sorts stuff out, jollity, jollity, highjinks, end of term. This time round, Brent-Dyer s [...]

    4. Joan Baker surely must be the most unlikely Chalet School girl EVER! She persuades her nouveau riche father to pony up to send her there purely because former pal Rosamund Lilley has gone there on a scholarship--and Joan doesn't want to be outdone. Joan is shocked to find that quiet, hard-working Rosamund fits into the Chalet school very well, even making friends her first term there, whereas she, Joan, has very different objectives and strategies for success. Rosamund, on the other hand, was gl [...]

    5. Another new girl starts at the Chalet School book - this time Rosamund is a scholarship girl who speaks neither French nor German (which seems a bit rough, getting dumped in lessons in both those languages at age 14). She is taken under Len Maynard's wing and is blossoming away when dun dun duuuuun - her frenemy from her old school follows her to the Chalet School (in terribly unlikely circumstances). Joan wears *make-up*, and terribly tacky clothes, and swears, and is unwilling to learn - yes, [...]

    6. Rosamund Lilley has won a scholarship to the Chalet School, but she doesn't want to leave her family and friends. However, her parents feel that she should go, as it is a tremendous opportunity, and in addition to that, Rosamund is being influenced by Joan Baker, a girl with an unsavoury reputation. When she arrives at the Chalet School, Len Manyard has been assigned to help her out, and she slowly finds her feet in the school. A few weeks later, Joan turns up at the Chalet School as well! Her f [...]

    7. Some of the books in this series are samey, with too much detail about lessons, or end-of-term plays. But this one has a story that, having not read for perhaps 20 years or more, I found quite gripping. I didn’t remember what happened to at all, and was full of admiration for the way that the author made it clear that a particular girl's mindset was tacky and 'cheap' without ever being condescending. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book, which is around 40th in the series, depending [...]

    8. How times have changed. Rosamund’s career aspirations are to be an air hostess (v. glamorous in 1956), but with the present day steep costs of overseas boarding schools, would her parents now see this as cost effective?This particular book is a reminder of the usefulness of subliminal education. Lots of simple, useful, French phrases abound, and there’s even the direct instruction to look up the meaning of the word ‘antithesis’.

    9. 1st GR read Feb 2013, 2nd GR read March 2016. Review from 2/13: Abridged version loses a great deal, and the unabridged edition has far more interesting detailsom 3/16: I still hold by the former, but I can see why the 1960s/70s/80s Armada editions had a lot abridged from them - and a lot of it was showing EBD's changing Christianity as she converted, imbuing her characters with it. I like the unabridged Mary-Lou Trelawney far less than the abridged character, to be truthful.

    10. This is an interesting one - trying to help identify some of the reasons why the chalet school is great to help readers do the right thing. Rosamund Lilley is given a scholarship to attend the Chalet school and fits in really well. Her bullying friend Joan Baker follows her to the school and tries to continue her bullying ways, thinking herself far superior. The chalet school works it's magic to sort them out into two nice girls. A good story with some learning lessons.

    11. Rosamund and Joan! Dear, quiet, mousey Rosamund who is sent to the Chalet School to get her away from the likes of her domineering, trouble-maker neighbour Joan who then turns up at the school herself anyway. Wonderful fun.

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