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A Popular Schoolgirl   By: (1868-1947)

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A Popular Schoolgirl by Angela Brazil is a delightful novel set in a girls' boarding school in the early 20th century. The story revolves around the life of Aileen, a young and vivacious student who captures the hearts of her classmates and teachers alike.

One of the standout aspects of this book is Brazil's ability to create relatable and believable characters. Aileen, in particular, is portrayed as a charming and kind-hearted girl who exudes confidence and genuine warmth. Her infectious energy is not only endearing, but also inspiring, as she effortlessly becomes the center of attention wherever she goes.

The plot unfolds smoothly, taking the reader through Aileen's academic and social endeavours. We witness her struggles and triumphs as she navigates friendships, deals with rivalries, and tackles the challenges presented by her strict headmistress. Brazil's detailed descriptions of the school's various activities, such as sports, theatrical productions, and picnics, add depth and texture to the narrative, bringing the story to life.

Additionally, the author expertly explores the theme of loyalty, highlighting the importance of standing up for friends and staying true to oneself. Aileen's unwavering support for her classmates and her determination to do the right thing, even at the risk of personal consequences, make her an admirable role model for young readers.

While the book is set in a different time period, many of the issues addressed, such as bullying and peer pressure, remain relevant today. Brazil's approach to these topics is both sensitive and realistic, making the story relatable to contemporary readers.

The writing style is engaging and flows effortlessly, allowing the reader to become fully immersed in the world of the school and its inhabitants. The dialogue between the characters is authentic and captures the spirit of teenage friendships, filled with banter and camaraderie.

A Popular Schoolgirl is a charming and lighthearted read that will undoubtedly resonate with young readers. Angela Brazil's ability to create relatable characters and her skillful storytelling make this book a must-read for anyone who enjoys tales of friendship, loyalty, and the joys and challenges of school life.

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Illustrated by Balliol Salmon

New York Frederick A. Stokes Company Publishers Copyright, 1920, by Frederick A. Stokes Company All Rights Reserved First published in the United States of America, 1921

[Illustration: UNDER THE LANTERNS Chapter XX ]


I. The End of the Holidays

II. Opening Day

III. Wynch on the Wold

IV. Intruder Bess

V. The Fifth form FĂȘte

VI. The School Parliament

VII. Hockey

VIII. An Unpleasant Experience

IX. A Hostel Frolic

X. The Whispering Stones

XI. On Strike

XII. The Rainbow League

XIII. Quenrede Comes Out

XIV. The Peep hole

XV. Brotherly Breezes

XVI. An Easter Pilgrimage

XVII. The Rivals

XVIII. Bess at Home

XIX. The Nun's Walk

XX. Under the Lanterns

XXI. The Abbey Recital


Under the Lanterns

"Let's Call ourselves the Foursome League"

A Friend in Need

"You look nice you do, really , with your hair down"

"You may think you know everything, Bess Haselford, but you don't know this!"

A Tall Figure, clothed in some White Garment, was gliding towards them



The End of the Holidays

"Ingred! Ingred, old girl! I say, Ingred! Wherever have you taken yourself off to?" shouted a boyish voice, as its owner, jumping an obstructing gooseberry bush, tore around the corner of the house from the kitchen garden on to the strip of rough lawn that faced the windows... Continue reading book >>

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