School Stories

We are using stories written for American and British teenage readers in the first half of the twentieth century.  These books are set in schools and colleges and generally featured formulaic plots, perky and plucky heroines, a puzzle or problem to be solved, and one or more students who posed a challenge to the dynamics of the school or college community.

Our focus has been on the Chalet School books (Elinor Brent-Dyer) and the Dimsie books (Dorita Fairlie Bruce) from the UK  and Marjorie Dean series (by Pauline Lester) and the Grace Harlowe series (by Jessie Graham Flower)  as well as the Joan Foster books (Alice Ross Colver) from the US.