Eustacia Goes to the Chalet School by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer – 20 Books of Summer

Eustacia Goes to the Chalet School by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer was first published in 1929.

Eustacia has never been to school before, her father had been a professor of Greek and her mother a doctor, they had not made a good job of bringing her up, and by the time she was a teenager she was a rather superior little prig.

When both of her parents died fairly suddenly Eustacia only had two people in her life, her Aunt Margery as her guardian and uncle Edmund as trustee, and it’s decided that she’ll go to boarding school – the Chalet School of course.

When Eustacia gets there she makes herself very unpopular from day one. She’s a prig and a sneak, two things that most schoolgirls detest, as do the teachers. The girls are intent on pulling her down several pegs. Eustacia can’t stand it and decides to run away, over the mountains!

Of course she has an accident which means a long recuperation. With visits from staff and girls Eustacia is a changed girl. When Eustacia is happy to call herself Stacie it’s seen as an improvement by the headmistress, they didn’t like her ‘sister’ Eustacia at all.

There are a lot of books in this Chalet School series, and they are still being written by different authors. I suspect that I will not be reading them all, but will probably just read up to just after the war years – I’ll see how it goes. They’re an enjoyable read, for me anyway.

4 thoughts on “Eustacia Goes to the Chalet School by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer – 20 Books of Summer

  1. Hi Katrina,
    This one sounds like so much fun–I only need to figure out how to get a copy.
    It would be a wonderful change of pace, reading wise and other wise. I’ll see what I can do!

    • Judith,
      I doubt if you will be able to find copies of any books from this series. I like them because everything turns out for the best, eventually, sadly something which doesn’t always happen in real life!

    • Constance,
      No I didn’t see that call, we’ve just got back from the Netherlands. Years ago a call went out on the local radio for extras to go to Dunfermline to be part of a film, I think it was a crowd scene in Braveheart and they wanted females with long red hair, I was so annoyed because I couldn’t get there to do it!

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