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July 29, 2006

Kidlit 4: The Chalet School

Blogathon 2006

The Chalet School is one of my favorite British children's series. It's sort of Heidi meets the traditional British school story. The series started in the 1920s; it's about a young British woman who starts a boarding school in... Austria? I think? Somewhere German-speaking. Anyway, they're tons of fun in that old-fashioned British way. Unfortunately, they're not very available in the States - I should just break down and start ordering them online. The School at the Chalet, pictured above, is the first of the series; there are almost sixty in all.

Posted by Kat at July 29, 2006 12:30 PM

Sixty? Is this all by one author?

Posted by: Ivy at July 29, 2006 12:42 PM

My grandmother and I were just discussing school-girl novels last weekend. She's a British war bride and was often Head Girl growing up, the prize for which was a book each term. She said she just devoured the books and wondered what happened to them when she moved to the U.S.

I'll have to check with her and see if this was one of the series she read as a girl.

Btw, do you order through Amazon.co.uk or through a different book seller to get your UK book fix?

Posted by: sprite at July 29, 2006 12:43 PM

Hi, Kat - doing well, I see. I read all the chalet school books obsessively as a kid (some in one gulp sitting on the floor of the local book shop). I'm not sure they are still all that available.

They started off in Austria, moved first to Wales and then the Channel Islands - or vice versa, perhaps. Some island, anyway! They returned to the Alps, Switzerland this time, post WW2.

Posted by: Ginny at July 29, 2006 04:20 PM

I love those sorts of books. I read the whole Famous Five series again earlier this year.

Posted by: mrspao at July 30, 2006 04:16 AM

I loved 'The Chalet School' series. I think I managed to read almost all of them whilst I was growing up. One of my colleagues has just ocmpleted buying the entire set for his daughter - I know he used ebay to get a lot of them.

Posted by: Jenni at July 30, 2006 01:00 PM
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