25/09/2003

Lavender Laughs at the Chalet School (by Elinor M Brent-Dyer)

I started reading Elinor M Brent-Dyer's 'Chalet School' series when I was in my early teens, and have continued enjoying them, off and on, as an adult. Every so often, when staying in a house with some of the hardback editions, I pick up one to read... and find myself reading several. They're quite dated now, but it doesn't seem to matter; the characters are excellent, and feel almost like old friends.

'Lavender Laughs at the Chalet School' was re-named 'Lavender Leigh at the Chalet School' some years ago. Lavender is a spoilt girl who has travelled around the world with her aunt, who writes children's travel/geography guides. She thinks very highly of herself, since she has been to so many countries and been featured in popular books, but has had a very sketchy education.

When she arrives at the Chalet School, she has several clashes with other girls who resent her superior attitude, but eventually makes some friends as well as a few enemies.

It's not all that different in plot from 'Eustacia goes to the Chalet School' - Lavender has an accident, and although the effects aren't as long-lasting as Eustacia's, it does leave her a much nicer girl.

A pleasant light read, but nothing special. Not currently in print, and usually very expensive second-hand.

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