Challenge for the Chalet School



When The Headmistress Of The Chalet School Announces She Will Be Away The Whole Term, Both Staff And Pupils Are Thrown Into Confusion The Girls Rally Round, But The Collapse Of Miss Ferrars And The Antics Of Two New Students Causes Everyone To Wonder Whether They Can Survive The TermChallenge for the Chalet School

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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  • Paperback
  • 237 pages
  • Challenge for the Chalet School
  • Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
  • English
  • 12 July 2018
  • 1847450105

10 thoughts on “Challenge for the Chalet School

  1. says:

    The last of the white spined Armada paperbacks, so a bit of a milestone in my re read And at least the girls on the cover are in blue The first time I read it, the previous book was unavailable, so the apparent disappearance of Claire from the Freudesheim nursery went unnoticed but even this time, I m left wondering when exactly Phil became so ill with polio Challenge is a actually quite a complicated Chalet, as there are several plots going on simultaneously, and each of those splits up int The last of the white spined Armada paperbacks, so a bit of a milestone in my re read And at least the girls on the cover are in blue The first time I read it, the previous book was unavailable, so the apparent disappearance of Claire from the Freudesheim nursery went unnoticed but even this time, I m left wondering when exactly Phil became so ill with polio Challenge is a actually quite a complicated Chalet, as there are several plots going on simultaneously, and each of those splits up into further, inter crossing plots It s probably best illustrated by Venn diagrams or something but my html isn t up to that so here s the description Staffroom changes plot Miss Annersley is away for the term, so Miss Wilmot takes over as head So we have the inexperienced head thing going on as Miss Wilmot learns how to do her new job Miss Ferrars is then taken ill, so Dr Benson comes in to teach new teacher , difficult junior , difficult senior all intersect here , and the prefects are given the job of producing the nativity play difficult junior and difficult senior intersect here, and not just at the end when, as you d expect, they are struck by the message of the story and turn into new people Difficult senior plot Evelyn, whose mother is being treated at the Sanatorium, is mighty miffed to find herself at school This results in an all hate the new girl plot intersects with inexperienced head , a new best friend plot sadly discarded before it gets going, in the paperback at lest , Margot s temper , and ill mother intersects with the Freudesheim plot.Difficult junior plot Jocelyn is a pain in the neck new teacher , gets into trouble over the nativity play staffroom changes it would never have happened if Miss F had been there , and then runs away and has to be rescued from the snow Freudesheim.Freudesheim plot Phil is being treated for polio so Joey isn t as in and out the school as usual, and the triplets now all senior prefects are worrying about her Phil, that is, not Joey Mary Lou turns up difficult junior , difficult senior , ill mother , staffroom changes for a fortnight.It s as if EBD jotted down lots of ideas onto a pack of cards, picked 24 at random, and then tried to work out how she could join them all up into a story Sometimes it works I do like the cobbler s wax trick and its aftermath, and it s good to see Mary Lou losing her temper for once, even if she only does it for a sentence And as Chalet School books go, it s not a dull one But there is so much going on that what it s supposed to be about the Chalet School coping with the absence of Miss Annersley gets a bit lost and doesn t seem to be nearly as much of a challenge as the title suggests

  2. says:

    It s such a shame EBD didn t write this book 20 years earlier than she did The concept of longstanding, superb headmistress goes away for a term and leaves younger, less experienced colleague in charge is actually a really, really good one, and EBD in her prime would have handled it superbly Unfortunately, she wrote this in her declining years and the book actually focusses faron a couple of difficult new girls and an old girl coming back to teach than on the trials and tribulations of It s such a shame EBD didn t write this book 20 years earlier than she did The concept of longstanding, superb headmistress goes away for a term and leaves younger, less experienced colleague in charge is actually a really, really good one, and EBD in her prime would have handled it superbly Unfortunately, she wrote this in her declining years and the book actually focusses faron a couple of difficult new girls and an old girl coming back to teach than on the trials and tribulations of Nancy Wilmot trying to step into Miss Annersley s shoes We already know that EBD wrote brilliantly from a teacher s point of view see New Mistress for evidence and this had the potential to be even better, but unfortunately falls quickly into the somewhat formulaic pattern of the last few books

  3. says:

    The long holiday weekend beckons and I m off to boarding school We have a menu of traditional school dinners lined up The weather forecast is not much cop perfect for some juvenile adventures If the Swiss boarding school fails to inspire, I ve got Malory Towers as a backup I wonder if Matron will let me spend three days in the sick bay to get on with my reading Beef tea, anyone Well, I really wanted to like this book, feeling instinctively that it s better written than the Blyton boarding The long holiday weekend beckons and I m off to boarding school We have a menu of traditional school dinners lined up The weather forecast is not much cop perfect for some juvenile adventures If the Swiss boarding school fails to inspire, I ve got Malory Towers as a backup I wonder if Matron will let me spend three days in the sick bay to get on with my reading Beef tea, anyone Well, I really wanted to like this book, feeling instinctively that it s better written than the Blyton boarding school stories, but it just did not move me in the way that it should have To begin with, it s not so much about boarding school life as the other events playing out in Austria in the late 1930s So I didn t finish it

  4. says:

    Another enjoyable late Chalet book This one is a little weird in splitting the book s focus The first half focuses on one girl Evelyn, and the second half on Jocelyn I would have preferred two books to deal properly with them both but realize that Elinor was probably aware she was coming to the end A re feature of Mary Lou and of Stacie Benson great to see these two characters again Loved learning how Stacie has changed

  5. says:

    This is 55 in the original series, 59 in the Armada version, which I have and which, along with a few others, has not been cut in any way It starts with Miss Annersley explaining that she s going to be away for a term but that thread isn t really explored Instead the book focuses on two rather different new girls, neither of whom want to be at the school I loved Summer Term which immediately precedes this, but thought this one was rather run of the mill, with far too much detail about This is 55 in the original series, 59 in the Armada version, which I have and which, along with a few others, has not been cut in any way It starts with Miss Annersley explaining that she s going to be away for a term but that thread isn t really explored Instead the book focuses on two rather different new girls, neither of whom want to be at the school I loved Summer Term which immediately precedes this, but thought this one was rather run of the mill, with far too much detail about day to day Chalet School life It s not a book I d recommend as a starting point to the series in fact I wouldn t really recommend it to anyone other than fans who are reading through all the books Nevertheless, it s a chapter in the lives of people I find myself caring about Elinor M Brent Dyer had a tremendous gift of characterisation The Maynard Bettany Russell families and the Chalet School staff and older pupils have felt like friends for most of my life, and the books, even the less interesting ones, make great comfort reading.Appropriate for anyone over the age of about nine or ten, although it s likely to appealto girls than to boys

  6. says:

    Not as thin as some of the later books, but mainly because of the way EBD shoved plot point after plot point in there a shame, because the narrative could have done some really interesting things if given room to breathe.An OK instalment trope tastic

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