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 Post subject: Champion of the Chalet School
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I thought it would be good to have a place where people who'd read this new fill in by Adrianne Fiftzpatrick could talk about it.

I'm a bit too tired to be coherent but I read it last week and enjoyed it. It was ideal comfort reading when I was full of cold. It was supposed to be a Christmas present but I liberated it from the parcel.


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Oddly a friend of mine unconnected with the CS (except through me - he reads my writings) knows Adrianne Fitzpatrick and drew this book to my attention. I forgot to mention it here, though (I don't really do fill-ins myself).

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I've written an essay about it on my book review blog! I enjoyed it too.

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Where can I get hold of this booK? I looked on the GGBP website and on Amazon, but couldn't find it.

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Where can I get hold of this booK? I looked on the GGBP website and on Amazon, but couldn't find it.


It's on GGB, here.


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I've just finished reading this, and found it quite enjoyable. It was especially good to find that Joey was limited to a cameo role in this book, and to see one of EBD's lesser characters in Betsy Lucy given centre stage. I also liked the fact that all was clearly not perfect in the school, leading to the demotion of an unsatisfactory Head Girl. My minor disappointments were the absence of 'Bill' on an educational tour, and that Madge didn't get more of a role in reviewing the success of such a big decision!


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It was especially good to find that Joey was limited to a cameo role in this book


I totally agree! I don't think it reflects at all well on people like Bride and Mary-Lou when they go rushing off to ask Joey for help. It was good to see the girls trying to solve their own problems, Joey being left to get on with her own life, and Jem being a hero by virtue of working on a treatment regime for someone with a chronic medical problem rather than (he or any other doctor) fishing someone out of a lake. And Madge at a staff meeting - hooray!

My one moan was that I felt I didn't know a lot of the characters, but, to be fair to the author, a lot of the main characters in Betsy's age group - Carola, Katharine, Lalla - didn't join the school until later on.

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I read it over the weekend - I really enjoyed it. Liked Betsy being made the main character and it was interesting seeing the School not so united as normal and how it affected everyone. Liked Peggy Burnett as Head Girl and think it a great pity she was only one for the one term - whatever were Madge, Hilda and Nell thinking not giving her the Headship from the start? :shock:

Also interesting to see someone with a specific chronic condition and how it was treated
Spoiler in white - I had a cousin who died at the age of 13 due to asthma in the early 70's and some of the attitudes towards it then were that it was something that people did to themselves deliberately

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Mine arrived today - next in my pile to read :)

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I liked this one; I thought it captured the spirit of the school very nicely. The factions in the school were realistic. I liked that some of the prefects were upset that Marylin was pushed out and accepted Peggy reluctantly. I enjoyed the joke box, too. It reminded me of June and Alicia in Malory Towers.

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I'm in the middle of reading this now and am struck by the amount of references there are to the previous term and Marilyn's role as head girl - does anyone know if Adrianne Fitzpatrick is planning on writing that story? The amount of references to a missing term in this book is much higher than I've encountered in others.

PS Enjoying Champion very much!


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I've just noticed, whilst scrolling through this thread, that almost exactly two years ago, I posted to ask where I could get hold of this book. :shock: :lol:

I bought a copy, which I really enjoyed and have reread several times. In fact, I came across it last night, when looking for a different book.

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Laura V wrote:
I'm in the middle of reading this now and am struck by the amount of references there are to the previous term and Marilyn's role as head girl - does anyone know if Adrianne Fitzpatrick is planning on writing that story? The amount of references to a missing term in this book is much higher than I've encountered in others.

PS Enjoying Champion very much!


Ooo, I hope so. I would love to read this fill-in.

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