Dimsie Moves Up Again by Dorita Fairlie Bruce

 Dimsie Moves Up Again cover

Dimsie Moves Up Again by the Scottish children’s author Dorita Fairlie Bruce was first published in 1922 and is the third book in the Dimsie series with the setting of a boarding school for girls. My copy of the book dates from 1941 when it was a Christmas gift to Joan from her Auntie Belle, according to the inscription.

The story begins on a stormy September day, it’s the first day of the new school year so it’s quite chaotic with lots of girls’ boxes and trunks piling up waiting to be emptied. Dimsie and her chums are now almost seniors, but not quite. They are however senior enough to be outraged by the behaviour of the girls in the lower forms, they had never behaved like that when they were juniors!

The new head girl is an unexpected choice as far as most of the girls are concerned, and to some of the teachers too, and it takes a while for her to get into the swing of it all, so behaviour does get a bit out of hand in a dangerous way.

The new girl Fenella, who has never been at school before having been educated by governesses, has such a superior attitude – for no good reason – and she inadvertently triggers a hair-raising adventure.

As ever though it’s Dimsie who is the central character. I feel that Enid Blyton based Darrell in her Malory Towers books on Dimsie, those books were published over 20 years later than the Dimsie books and aren’t nearly as well written although I loved them as a youngster. I’ll definitely be continuing with the Dimsie series.

6 thoughts on “Dimsie Moves Up Again by Dorita Fairlie Bruce

  1. I was not overly impressed by the Springdale book by Bruce I read recently but I have not read all my Dimsie books so should find them and read in order. Dimsie actually made a cameo in that book and saved the day for the girl who had broken bounds in a spectacular way. I will say that the Malory Towers and St. Clare’s books made me love boarding school stories despite their anti-American slant.

    • Constance,
      I must say that I never noticed an anti-American slant, I just loved the books but I read one a few years ago and it seemed very thin compared with some other boarding school stories that I’ve read more recently. I think I just like the company of the girls though and the morality of the books.

  2. Reading about boarding schools is interesting, I never even knew they existed when I was young. I did have a cousin in Mississippi who was sent off to a military high school because he was too “wild.”

    • tracybham,
      A lot of boarding schools closed down in the past as it became unfashionable amongst parents who could afford them, then along came the Harry Potter books and kids wanted to go to boarding schools again. I think they were in for a shock! I think your cousin probably got a nasty shock too, I imagine a military high school would be really tough. We don’t have those here.

  3. Don’t think I read this one as a child. I wish they’d republish the Dimsie books, at least as Kindle copies. They really are among the best of the boarding school stories.

    • FictionFan,
      Yes I would have thought that Girls Gone By publishers would have re-printed the series but I don’t think they have. The old books are quite expensive online.

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