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I had never read a single one of these books before, and swiped this off my sister-in-law's bookcase in a moment of experimentation. While it was probably not a great idea to start with the last of the series, I found it wholesome stuff about building character and learning to get along with other people, in the all-female environment of Malory Towers boarding school, the tough life lessons - and there are several - leavened by the fun of bullying the French teacher by removing her hair pins magnetically (but she is not English so it doesn't matter). I understand that part of the thrill of earlier books in the sequence is waiting to see when Darrell loses her temper, and was a little sorry to discover that she manages to keep her composure in this last volume. The only men who get much of a mention are fathers; little talk even of brothers and no talk of boyfriends. However I think it does no harm to sample a setting where there are a variety of female role models to choose from. When my nieces are old enough to appreciate these books, I think they may start appearing in Christmas presents from us.

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katlinel
Jul. 28th, 2012 03:48 pm (UTC)
My favourite of the Malory Towers series is 'In the Fifth' which about them putting on the school pantomime. Of St Clare's it's 'Claudine at St Clare's' which is all about mothers and daughters.
burkesworks
Jul. 28th, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
"Darrell Rivers" strikes me as rather a Mary Sue kind of name, bearing in mind Blyton's second husband was one Darrell Waters.
ailbhe
Aug. 1st, 2012 12:02 am (UTC)
Old school stories are *great* for letting female characters get on with things. They tend to be horribly xenophobic but fair play and noble thoughts and good honest mischief all feature highly.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 21st, 2013 02:50 pm (UTC)
i love malory towers books i keep reading the next and next and i cant stop i wish it wouldnt stop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the best ive red.enid blyton is my best author i have all her books,i hope you like them toooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!






Mary. A.
from america.
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