Friday, January 26, 2007

The School at the Chalet by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer

The School at the Chalet sounded interesting to me and I thought it would be a fun book to read. Little did I know that the beginning was so hopelessly boring! Therefore, it took me quite a long time to finish this book and unfortunately, I could not read other books yet. I tend to read one book at a time, so in order to read the next one, I have to finish the one I’m currently reading.

Nonetheless, the book got better after reading about ¾ of it. When I finished the book, I wanted to read more of it! I’m keen to read what adventures Joey, Madge, Grizel, Juliet, Simone, and the others will have in the books that follow The School At The Chalet. That would not be a problem because Elinor M. Brent-Dyer wrote over 60 books about the Chalet School.

Madge, Dick, and Joey are the Bettany siblings. They have no parents and struggling to support themselves. Then, Madge decided to start a school in the Austrian Tyrol. I did not know that it would be so frightfully easy to start a school but anyhow, Madge did it. Initially, the school had very few students but it grew as the time went by.

I found this school story somewhat familiar with Enid Blyton’s school stories. It was also amusing that the girls insisted on keeping up with what English schools in England did. Play pranks. The students at the Chalet School consisted of different nationalities. The German students were excited to play pranks because they wanted to feel being in an English school. The only thing they did not have was a midnight feast like how Enid Blyton’s schools had.

Of course there are tragedies, excitements, rows with various kinds of people, making new friends, silly students, etc. It was dull in the beginning because all everyone did was introduce themselves to each other. Things sped up when the girls began to play pranks on one another and there were the consequences.

I also learnt new German words too, for example, mittagessen or lunch.

I am looking forward to reading more Chalet School books.


  1. Jo... u one day read how many books? eh.. not one day. u one WEEK read how many books???

  2. Ah, if I can read one book a day, how nice! But I don't have all the time to read la, must babysit! Haha! And I'm quite tired of reading nowadays after all that reading for STPM. Tak de selera nak baca lagi....

    And Good Luck to you in your exams tomorrow! =D

  3. hie, just bloghopping ;)

    i adore the Chalet School books. my favourite boarding school will always be Malory Towers, but the Chalet School comes a close second. i've only read, like, 2 books only, but i love them!

    maybe i should pick up a Chalet School book next time I'm in a bookstore...

  4. Hi zyrin, thanks for dropping by.

    I actually prefer Malory Towers and St. Clare's by Enid Blyton. Chalet School is a little bit boring but when I came to the end of the book, I just felt I wanted to read more of the books! =)

  5. Hi. Nice to know a fellow Malaysian blogger.

    The first time I read a chalet school book is when I found my mum's copy all the way from when she was in school, that's about 30 years ago. Funny that a different generation can relate to the story now.

    I love the series, mainly because of Joey. She's so funny.


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