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A Harum Scarum Schoolgirl

Auhtor: Angela Brazil

Language: english
Published: 1920

Genres:

young readers,  fiction and literature
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Review by Chandler, January 2005


Rating: (***)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Summary of the Book 'A Harum Scarum Schoolgirl':

Angela Brazil (pronounced brazzle) (30 November 1868 ? 13 March 1947) was one of the first British writers of modern schoolgirls stories written from the characters point of view and intended primarily as entertainment rather than moral instruction. In the first half of the twentieth century she published nearly 50 books of girls fiction the vast majority being boarding school stories. She also published numerous short stories in magazines. Her books were commercially successful were widely read by tween girls and influential upon their readers. While interest in girls school stories waned after World War II her books remained popular until the 1960s. They were seen as disruptive and a negative influence on moral standards by some figures in authority during the height of their popularity and in some cases were banned by headmistresses in British girls schools. While her stories have been much imitated in more recent decades and many of her motifs and plot elements have since become clichs or the subject of parody they were innovative when they first appeared. Brazil made a major contribution to changing the nature of fiction for girls. She presented a young female point of view which was active aware of current issues and independently minded she recognised adolescence as a time of transition and accepted girls as having common interests and concerns which could be shared and acted upon.

Excerpts from the Book 'A Harum Scarum Schoolgirl':


... innovations. She had always put on the curb when the second mistress's fertile imagination had pranced away on Utopian lines. To an ardent spirit, steeped ...
... proverbial good taste in the choice of a situation. It was built on rising ground above the lake, and commanded a glorious view across the fells. ...
... largely on the girl, she decided. And there she was right-the girl made all the difference. Hilary Chapman had listened to her remarks on the mother ...
... some startlers. I'm going to walk with Vi, she's more interesting than you two.. What's the matter with Sadie. asked Diana, as their schoolmate ...
... can't allow these harum-scarum tricks. Suppose there had been an accident.. Dad knows me, and he wouldn't have blamed you, said Diana cheerily. He ...
... I was four. If he was killed, and I hadn't had one last word with him, I'd break my heart. Yes, I would. You English girls are so cold-you laugh ...
... hill, so that Baron did not object to the extra strain put upon his legs. The spire of Glenbury Church loomed ahead in a few more minutes they began ...
... explosives, and three small boys, yelling gleefully, shot out into the road. Wendy, pausing to ascertain the cause of the excitement, ejaculated ...
... the shock you gave me this afternoon. I don't believe you're the kind of girl who'd deliberately want to make me ill.. Diana wriggled round, but ...
... farm, where they had an equally hearty reception, and were regaled with cocoa, currant bread, and cheese. It was a unique experience, trudging along ...
... all carefully over, raged mentally. I guess I've got to make those Flemings admire their mother. she said to herself. Just how to do it beats me at ...
... Crusoe Island.CHAPTER XIII. Crusoe Island. When the days grew a little finer, and it was possible to venture out of doors without being almost ...
... pledged themselves into a sort of Crusoe Society. Everybody felt that the first thing to be done was to hold an inauguration feast. They borrowed the ...
... passage and up the stairs. Ida was not so strong-minded as Geraldine. She turned the colour of pale putty, and went straight downstairs again to relate ...
... for camping out, and I much prefer a comfortable bed at a decent hotel.. Besides which, the hotels are so delightfully old-world and quaint, I shouldn't ...
... I. Just you wait and see. I'll be all dressed and ready and standing in the hall by five o'clock. Oh, what topping fun. Don't let us ...
... was sitting on her back and digging in his disagreeable talons pretty deeply he was anything but a bright companion. She wandered aimlessly round the ...
... her that she did her generosity at other people's expense. An idea swept through her mind, and she set her teeth. Does it cost more than twelve ...
... saw a little bit in the end of the Blue Magazine saying that the editor would be glad to consider contributions.. Oh, did you. Where is ...
... honour. Though, legally, the furniture in the forgotten attic might have been transferred to him with the house, he did not consider himself morally entitled ...