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The Chalet School and Richenda Richenda Fry has been sent to the Chalet School as a punishment Her father is a specialist in historic porcelain and Richenda cannot resist handling the beautiful items, especially the rare Khang he vase, even though she has been expressly forbidden to go near his valuable collection She arrives at the School sulky and determined to hate everything about it This lasts about a day and a half, after which she decides to enjoy life to the full in order to render the punishment null and void She teams up with the Maynard triplets, particularly Len and Con, and it is at their behest that she agrees to have her name shortened to the friendly Ricki As a new girl, Ricki is invited to tea at Freudesheim, and Joey Maynard quickly senses that all is not well between Ricki and her father Being Joey, she determines to get to the bottom of the matter before Ricki goes home to England again A long time favourite. I have a lot of love for this one, even though it s left me with the following ailment Whenever I m introduced to somebody with the surname of Fry , I automatically think Fry Are you related to Elizabeth Fry, the great reformer Damn you EBD, damn you and your stubbornly addictive books Anyway, this is towards the end of the series so quality s a bit pap but that s a given, as is the fact that Joey will Sort Things Out despite having to have an operation and somewhere in there, we ll ha I have a lot of love for this one, even though it s left me with the following ailment Whenever I m introduced to somebody with the surname of Fry , I automatically think Fry Are you related to Elizabeth Fry, the great reformer Damn you EBD, damn you and your stubbornly addictive books Anyway, this is towards the end of the series so quality s a bit pap but that s a given, as is the fact that Joey will Sort Things Out despite having to have an operation and somewhere in there, we ll have Highjinks Involving The Middles The main plot of Richenda is rather straightforward she says Basically, Richenda s dad is a bit overly severe, sends Richenda off to school as a punishment because she touches his priceless vase, Richenda gets all matey with the trips and Len in particular, ends up being nearly blinded by an obnoxious small child and ultimately things all end up okay between her and her dad Like I said straightforward I love this period of the books, where the quality dips but the plots go bananas see evidence a Redheads at the Chalet School One of my other favourite parts of this book comes during the flooded river scene I love how it s time for the big girls to earn their keep and so the magnificent Joan Baker and Nancy Wilmot basically get to save the day because of their size This is a rarity in Chalet School lands, and for Joan in particular who never really gets to become a real Chalet School girl.Not the best, but not the worst I m looking at YOU Althea Joins the Chalet School This was HUGE when it first came out I can still remember the excitement New cover style Mary Lou is finally head girl And isn t Richenda a weird name And actually it doesn t disappoint Yes, it s a favourite formula new girl with issues which are all conveniently worked out by the end of term And yes, there are some medical mysteries what exactly is Joey s ailment What exactly is squirted in Richenda s eyes How does Biddy know well, let s leave that one But there is a good mix This was HUGE when it first came out I can still remember the excitement New cover style Mary Lou is finally head girl And isn t Richenda a weird name And actually it doesn t disappoint Yes, it s a favourite formula new girl with issues which are all conveniently worked out by the end of term And yes, there are some medical mysteries what exactly is Joey s ailment What exactly is squirted in Richenda s eyes How does Biddy know well, let s leave that one But there is a good mix of old and new, staff and girls, in and out of lessons, and I did think while re reading it that this would be a good one for somebody coming new to the series Presumably, in 1982, that s what happened, and unsuspecting people picked this up not realising what they were about to get sucked into The Christmas play is marginally less tedious than usual and maybe first timers would find the Swiss tourism sections interesting rather than eminently skippable There s even an almost believable adventure involving a storm and a swollen stream given the cover illustration I don t think that really counts as a spoiler it s quite like dear old Tirol days.I m not entirely convinced that there s a gene for love of ceramics, but, that aside, Richenda is a good character and it s a shame she spends most of the rest of the series being overshadowed by the triplets I ve read this before, but in the abridged Armada paperback, so I was thrilled to get this reprint of the complete original At first, Richenda is determined to dislike everything to do with the Chalet School, since her father has sent her there as a punishment But she can t help being attracted to some of the girls and mistresses, and also realized that if she enjoys herself there, it isn t really much of a punishment She is in the same form as two of the Triplets, and happily joins in their I ve read this before, but in the abridged Armada paperback, so I was thrilled to get this reprint of the complete original At first, Richenda is determined to dislike everything to do with the Chalet School, since her father has sent her there as a punishment But she can t help being attracted to some of the girls and mistresses, and also realized that if she enjoys herself there, it isn t really much of a punishment She is in the same form as two of the Triplets, and happily joins in their adventures and exploits until an unexpected happening that could have had tragic results Highly recommended

  • Paperback
  • 160 pages
  • The Chalet School and Richenda
  • Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
  • English
  • 13 December 2018
  • 0006920608

About the Author: Elinor M. Brent-Dyer

Elinor M Brent Dyer was born as Gladys Eleanor May Dyer on 6th April 1894, in South Shields in the industrial northeast of England, and grew up in a terraced house which had no garden or inside toilet She was the only daughter of Eleanor Watson Rutherford and Charles Morris Brent Dyer Her father, who had been married before, left home when she was three years old In 1912, her brother Henzell died at age 17 of cerebro spinal fever After her father died, her mother remarried in 1913.Elinor was educated at a small local private school in South Shields and returned there to teach when she was eighteen after spending two years at the City of Leeds Training College Her teaching career spanned 36 years, during which she taught in a wide variety of state and private schools in the northeast, in Middlesex, Bedfordshire, Hampshire, and finally in Hereford.In the early 1920s she adopted the name Elinor Mary Brent Dyer A holiday she spent in the Austrian Tyrol at Pertisau am Achensee gave her the inspiration for the first location in the Chalet School series However, her first book, Gerry Goes to School , was published in 1922 and was written for the child actress Hazel Bainbridge Her first Chalet story, The School at the Chalet , was originally published in 1925.In 1930, the same year that Jean of Storms was serialised, she converted to Roman Catholicism.In 1933 the Brent Dyer household she lived with her mother and stepfather until her mother s death in 1957 moved to Hereford She travelled daily to Peterchurch as a governess.When her stepfather died she started her own school in Hereford, The Margaret Roper School It was non denominational but with a strong religious tradition Many Chalet School customs were followed, the girls even wore a similar uniform made in the Chalet School s colours of brown and flame Elinor was rather untidy, erratic and flamboyant and not really suited to being a headmistress After her school closed in 1948 she devoted most of her time to writing.Elinor s mother died in 1957 and in 1964 she moved to Redhill, where she lived in a joint establishment with fellow school story author Phyllis Matthewman and her husband, until her death on 20th September 1969.During her lifetime Elinor M Brent Dyer published 101 books but she is remembered mainly for her Chalet School series The series numbers 58 books and is the longest surviving series of girls school stories ever known, having been continuously in print forthan 70 years One hundred thousand paperback copies are still being sold each year Among her published books are other school stories family, historical, adventure and animal stories a cookery book, and four educational geography readers She also wrote plays and numerous unpublished poems and was a keen musician.In 1994, the year of the centenary of her Elinor Brent Dyer s birth, Friends of the Chalet School put up plaques in Pertisau, South Shields and Hereford, and a headstone was erected on her grave in Redstone Cemetery, since there was not one previously They also put flowers on her grave on the anniversaries of her birth and death and on other special occasions.


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