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. At fifteen, Richenda is the only child of a middle aged father who specialises in early Chinese ceramics We first meet her with an almost priceless item in her hands and her father is so furious that he decides to take her out of the school she loves, away from her friends, to a boarding school in Switzerland Although Richenda sulks at first, in typical Chalet School style she finds the people and surroundings irresistible Most of the story is told from her point of view, including some close observation of decor in the school and in local houses This gave some new insights into how the author imagined the school, and I thought was nicely in keeping with a girl whose passion is art, with a keen eye for detail I have an abridged Armada paperback, but apparently nothing of importance is missed out Since I hadn t read it for at least twenty years I d forgotten most of the story I liked it a great deal than the previous two books in the series Excitements and Coming of Age , and would recommend it. 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. Chambers hardback edition, unabridged This is one of my favourite of the later books in the series, for various reasons Richenda later Ricki Fry is one of the likeable young Chaletians who get their own book before becoming just another student , and interesting at that She has somewhat varied interests than those of her classmates at the CS, which helps for a start This book also doesn t weigh in heavily with the proselytising, which is a great improvement upon the unabridged editions of some of them Mary Lou comes immediately to mind, that book being one of the irritating in that way I do confess that I was slightly disappointed by the fact that although Richenda comes from a Quaker family, EBD had her decide or less randomly to attend Anglican services at school and to claim that she was Anglican when asked there, rather than being honest about her lack of certainty It s a series repetition that simply irritates me when I meet it.Overall, this one falls somewhere between a 3.5 and 4. Richenda is sent to the Chalet School as punishment by her father, so her new girl story is not so much about settling in at the school, but a redemption story about loving her father Plus the usual slightly mad plotlines such as being assaulted by a small child with a spray bottle full of some kind of acid.Most hilarious bit Jo needing to consult a doctor in London, and the diagnosis She had displaced an organ slightly, which meant an operation to correct it I would love to know how you can slightly displace an organ, and which one it was. Richenda has been sent away to boarding school by her father, a punishment he s bestowed upon her because she cannot seem to stay away from his precious ceramics However, she s determined that she will enjoy herself at school, and it turns out that it s not a punishment for her after all She makes friends with the Manyard triplets, and is enjoying life to the fullest During a school trip to the dentist, Richenda s injured by a young boy, and her eyesight is severely compromised Feeling remorseful, her father quickly rushes to her side and they are reunited once again. A great chalet book Introduced Richenda Fry, daughter to a professor of Asian ceramics Richenda is sent to the chalet school as a punishment but quickly makes the most of it and settles into a fun life Some very grown up topics ones future careers, career planning and thinking properly about others especially your parents and why they might feel or act the way they do. 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 I remember living this when I was younger and it s still as good I liked richenda as a character and the adventure or mishaps that happened to them. A long time favourite.
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 d
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- The Chalet School and Richenda
- Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
- 08 March 2017 Elinor M. Brent-Dyer