First Term

First Term

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Darrell Rivers is off to boarding school for the first time. She quickly settles down and makes new friends, including the clever and mischievous Alicia. But the first term is not all fun and Darrell has some tricky problems to cope with.
Publisher: London :, Hodder Children's Books,, 2016.
Edition: 70th anniversary edition.
Copyright Date: ©1946.
ISBN: 9781444929874
Characteristics: 181 pages ; 20 cm.

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haklh Aug 23, 2016

I didn't grow up reading Enid Blyton stories, and so tend to be a bit sceptical about the quality of her work. Luckily, First Term at Malory Towers left me pleasantly surprised. I liked how its main characters all had personality flaws, which made them more realistic and age-appropriate (it seeme... Read More »


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haklh Aug 23, 2016

I didn't grow up reading Enid Blyton stories, and so tend to be a bit sceptical about the quality of her work. Luckily, First Term at Malory Towers left me pleasantly surprised. I liked how its main characters all had personality flaws, which made them more realistic and age-appropriate (it seemed perfectly believable for 12-13 year olds to be a bit self-centred and callous) - the exception being Gwendoline, the villain, who was more one-dimensional. I liked how its school setting did not rely on quaint traditions or jargon to show what a jolly place it was; and I liked how it had a clear ethos about contributing to your community, but was not preachy. There is also a good balance between scene-setting and action. Overall very enjoyable, and worth reading as a series.

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