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The Head Girl of the Chalet School (The Chalet School, #4) chapter 1 The Head Girl of the Chalet School (The Chalet School, #4) , meaning The Head Girl of the Chalet School (The Chalet School, #4) , genre The Head Girl of the Chalet School (The Chalet School, #4) , book cover The Head Girl of the Chalet School (The Chalet School, #4) , flies The Head Girl of the Chalet School (The Chalet School, #4) , The Head Girl of the Chalet School (The Chalet School, #4) 13555069b71a7 It Was A Big Experiment Making Grizel Head Girl Though She Hated To Do Anything And Fail, Grizel Didn T Like The Sound Of The School Motto School First, Self Last However, There Are Plenty Of Opportunities To Test Her When There Is A Kidnapping And A Difficult New Pupil


10 thoughts on “The Head Girl of the Chalet School (The Chalet School, #4)

  1. says:

    On the whole, Elinor M Brent Dyer was at the peak of her authorial powers when she first created the Chalet School series In the Tyrol, everything about this quaint, reassuring, wonderful universe was still fresh it could get a bit outlandish, in the style of school stories with a healthy dollop of adventure thrown in, but the characters were real and the setting quite glorious And so, The Head Girl Of The Chalet School is very much a great installment in the series, focused this time on er On the whole, Elinor M Brent Dyer was at the peak of her authorial powers when she first created the Chalet School series In the Tyrol, everything about this quaint, reassuring, wonderful universe was still fresh it could get a bit outlandish, in the style of school stories with a healthy dollop of adventure thrown in, but the characters were real and the setting quite glorious And so, The Head Girl Of The Chalet School is very much a great installment in the series, focused this time on erstwhile troublemaker Grizel Cochrane as she tries to make good in the titular post in her beloved school It s also a sad, if rather lovely, little transition into a new era for the school when former headmistress Madge Russell nee Bettany acknowledges that, once Grizel and her compatriots leave, the school will no longer be quite hers any longer, we at least get to see the old girls all back again one last time.That being said, Head Girl was never one of my favourites from this era I enjoyed reading and re reading it, but never sought it out the way I do some of the other earlier titles Perhaps it just felt a bit disjointed, with Grizel s spiky character disappearing after the first couple of chapters into Brent Dyer s attempt to reform her once and for all Of course, the best thing about Grizel is that she s precisely the kind of character Brent Dyer talks about in this book when describing the writerly aspirations of her own favoured character, Joey Bettany Joey sets foot on the road to becoming a professional author when her paper children start to become real, and refuse to do what their author tells them Grizel tough to love, desperate for affection, difficult, sarcastic, hard, honest, honourable, selfish Grizel is Brent Dyer s finest creation, though you get the feeling it wasn t always intended that way It s only four books into the series, and you can tell already tell Brent Dyer s trying to reform Grizel, a series long effort that will never quite succeed because the character is so perfectly credible a troubled young human being And because this Grizel disappears a little into the Head Girl she must become, the story feels a bit humdrum, even though plenty happens I had forgotten what a dreadful first impression the otherwise delightful Cornelia Flower makes on the school and readers Read the GGBP edition this time, and was delighted with the restoration of three whole chapters that have been sliced out of the earlier paperback editions These chapters might not add a lot in terms of incident those come in the chapters that weren t cut like the burning hotel in Salzburg, the lunatic who wants to kidnap schoolgirls to be his fairy princesses , Grizel s madcap jaunt to the Falls of Rhine etc , but they re rich with the kind of detail and character work that Brent Dyer is so very good at layering into her narratives


  2. says:

    Very much of its time 1928 , this boarding school could be anywhere in England if they didn t insist on calling lunch Mittagessen and dinner Abendessen as if English weren t insisted on at all times, which it is However all the girls seem to learn to chatter away in German, French and Italian as well The tropes for the series are firmly in place by this fourth installment Someone gets hurt, someone gets sick, someone runs away from the school and gets lost hurt Someone spends two or mo Very much of its time 1928 , this boarding school could be anywhere in England if they didn t insist on calling lunch Mittagessen and dinner Abendessen as if English weren t insisted on at all times, which it is However all the girls seem to learn to chatter away in German, French and Italian as well The tropes for the series are firmly in place by this fourth installment Someone gets hurt, someone gets sick, someone runs away from the school and gets lost hurt Someone spends two ordays unconscious, due to illness, hysteria or concussion take your pick When things get a bit dull, she throws in a fire But weddings and holidays are glossed over in about two sentences.I was glad to hear it was Grizel s last year at the school I never have liked that character Item Grizel really was a popular name at the beginning of the 20th century in upper class England David Niven had a sister named Grizel She is named head girl in hopes it will be the making of her, and of course it is after she is twice unconscious for days Another character gets rheumatic fever from lying in a damp place for hours Never mind that it is caused by streptoccocal infection Quite possibly in 1928 that wasn t known My neighbour who is younger than I am told me not ten years ago that wearing damp clothes would cause me to have it Illness or injury is seen as a moulder of character in Brent Dyer s universe, and it always moulds for the better apparently she never met a demanding, querulous, impossible invalid.Another reason this review only has 2 stars is the impossible dialogue she puts in the mouths of her American characters I suppose she thought it gave her stories a nicely international flavour, but her American millionaire businessman talks like a hillbilly Oh I guess you ken buy what you want, darlin while his daughter talks like an upper class English miss I also cannot forgive her for borrowing a key event from Little Women, practically wholesale.Angela Brazil isbelievable, but harder to find these days And I do laugh over the Chalet School stories, usually in the most tragic places


  3. says:

    It always fascinates me how early this series shifts things how early things change The status quo of the first few books is already being changed at this point Head girls have been and gone my beloved Bette Rincini has not had her moment in the sun but this is addressed by Helen McClelland s excellent Visitors for the Chalet School and now it is Grizel s turn Grizel is a complicated beast, one of the most intriguing characters ever to walk the stage of the Chalet School, and coupled with It always fascinates me how early this series shifts things how early things change The status quo of the first few books is already being changed at this point Head girls have been and gone my beloved Bette Rincini has not had her moment in the sun but this is addressed by Helen McClelland s excellent Visitors for the Chalet School and now it is Grizel s turn Grizel is a complicated beast, one of the most intriguing characters ever to walk the stage of the Chalet School, and coupled with this Madge has left the school to get married Mademoiselle Lapattre Le Pattre, La Pattre is now the headmistress.And the problems begin before we even get to school Joey and Grizel, their fractious and vividly real relationship makes Things Occur Grizel is hotheaded Joey is tactless Brent Dyer s writing is superb She s so early on in her sprawling, generational saga of school stories that her writing is fresh, sharp and so so lovely There are of course the traditional oh my god is she dead moments that only the Chalet School can carry off, and an amazing cameo from an already established character in the series A brief pause we re four books in, four , and yet this series is already so layered and thick and satisfying and Brent Dyer is quite genuinely throwing everything at it like some gorgeous mad scientist of writing and I love it, I love it.Also it s Cornelia Flower s first term She has yellow hair and a ramrod chin Still not quite sure what a ramrod is, mind, but Corney is awesome God these books are good


  4. says:

    Frankly not her best, though I really enjoyed the descriptions of the Tyrol and all the oher places they visit The Chalet School series is really as much a travelogue as an adventure series and it adds real depth to the novels That being said, Grizel and Cornelia were poorly drawn and the general kidnapping plot was beyond unrealistic What is the most disturbing part of the book is really the sexism constantly thrown at the girls by various men, society at large and even female members of sta Frankly not her best, though I really enjoyed the descriptions of the Tyrol and all the oher places they visit The Chalet School series is really as much a travelogue as an adventure series and it adds real depth to the novels That being said, Grizel and Cornelia were poorly drawn and the general kidnapping plot was beyond unrealistic What is the most disturbing part of the book is really the sexism constantly thrown at the girls by various men, society at large and even female members of staff and the girls acceptance of their status as spectators of men s lives This happens at least twice when they can t enter a monument as it s forbidden to women and don t even comment on it and when Grizel is told women s purpose in life is to get married This alone would warrant one star, I m lenient as I haven t read the whole series and somewhat reserving judgement but it s disgusting


  5. says:

    It s interesting to begin a book with a girl running but not away, rather to something Of course, it s a place she isn t meant to go and this shadow could be seen as the shadow that haunts a lot of Grizel s actions for the first half of this book Her attempts to do well are the reason she has a run in with a fellow prefect another aspect that is not common in EBD s titles her prefects are generally a pretty united body and nearly cause her death It is noteworthy that, unlike earlier boo It s interesting to begin a book with a girl running but not away, rather to something Of course, it s a place she isn t meant to go and this shadow could be seen as the shadow that haunts a lot of Grizel s actions for the first half of this book Her attempts to do well are the reason she has a run in with a fellow prefect another aspect that is not common in EBD s titles her prefects are generally a pretty united body and nearly cause her death It is noteworthy that, unlike earlier books, here we have the major illness happening behind the scenes, allowing the focus to be on the perpetrator This book is interesting in terms of the CS series because it adopts some of the other concepts EBD has introduced in the La Rochelle series, in particular the concept of fairy folk and witchcraft


  6. says:

    Fourth in the Chalet School series for teenagers, set in the Austrian Tyrol In this book, Grizel Cochrane is made head girl for two terms The staff are not sure that she will cope, particularly when her temper makes her do something irresponsible shortly before she takes up her new role.However, Grizel determines to succeed Her two terms as head girl are enlivened by a revengeful prefect, a snow fight which turns nasty, various weddings, an abduction, a trip to Salzburg that has an unpleasant Fourth in the Chalet School series for teenagers, set in the Austrian Tyrol In this book, Grizel Cochrane is made head girl for two terms The staff are not sure that she will cope, particularly when her temper makes her do something irresponsible shortly before she takes up her new role.However, Grizel determines to succeed Her two terms as head girl are enlivened by a revengeful prefect, a snow fight which turns nasty, various weddings, an abduction, a trip to Salzburg that has an unpleasant ending, and a surprising discovery All good stuff Great characterisation, interesting plotlines, and all theenjoyable to read in hardback It s many years since I read this, even in the abridged paperback version, and I d forgotten most of it


  7. says:

    Book 4 Grizel stuffs up in the beginning, but then generally acts like an exemplary head girl There s a kidnapping incident with the Robin, a marriage and a bit of a speech to Grizel about how marriage is a woman s true destiny, etc , and a snow ball fight Cornelia Flower is introduced, and is American and terrible for a little while, before reforming Madge and Jem s have their first baby, despite absolutely no mention of Madge s pregnancy, which is rather funny, and Grizel readies herself Book 4 Grizel stuffs up in the beginning, but then generally acts like an exemplary head girl There s a kidnapping incident with the Robin, a marriage and a bit of a speech to Grizel about how marriage is a woman s true destiny, etc , and a snow ball fight Cornelia Flower is introduced, and is American and terrible for a little while, before reforming Madge and Jem s have their first baby, despite absolutely no mention of Madge s pregnancy, which is rather funny, and Grizel readies herself to leave the school


  8. says:

    Not one of my favourites, although I ve still given it 5 , as they are such cute stories I thought Grizel was a strange choice for head girl given her history, still, she proved us all wrong and made the best of it I like the way the author puts in little familiar references, Frau Berlin appears in the fire Also funny that the only reference to Madge s pregnancy is that a walk is too much for her, then we re told she s given birth


  9. says:

    Grizel Cochrane, the reluctant school girl of _The School at the Chalet_ has unexpectedly become Head Girl, a bold move on the part of the school administration Can she live up to the responsibility of her position Can she follow the motto, School First, Self Last when Cornelia is captured by a deranged tramp Grizel s mettle is tested Grizel is a flawed character, thusinteresting than some of thevirtous characters in the Chalet School books.


  10. says:

    Grizel s just been appointed head girl in this book, a task which she is not looking forward to, because she knows that she ll have to put the school first and herself last She s put through many tests, from a fire in the hotel when a group of them are staying for the holidays, to a revengeful girl in school, but comes through with flying colours.


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