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Charm School
by Anne Fine (more about Anne Fine) 627/9 illustrated by Ros Asquith
first published 1999
Humour for ages 8 to 11 published by Corgi Yearling
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
* £3.99, Usually dispatched within 2-3 days
Mrs Mad's humble opinion
8/10 You are working hard. Well done.
What's it about?
Forced to spend the day at Charm School because there is no one else to look after her, Bonny comes face to face with some of the least charming people you could ever wish to meet!
What happens?
As soon as she arrives she knows this is a terrible mistake, all the other girls are made up like Barbie dolls and their manners , in private leave a lot to be desired! Still, the tea-boy seems friendly enough and so Bonny settles down to get through the day as best she can, no matter how awful the other girls might be!
Is it easy to read?
A good reader should find this quite an easy read and will also pick up on the themes of the story.
Anything else?
A really good laugh, if you like Jacqueline Wilson give this a try, it's kind of similar in style. Well written and observed, Anne Fine definitely knows her stuff. There's also an underlying theme about the way young girls see themselves and each other. Another book which should be on all good bookshelves. If you haven't read anything else by Anne Fine this is a good book to start you off, and there are loads of other great books by her to look out for when you have finished.
Other books by Anne Fine include Bad Dreams, Chicken Gave It To Me, Crummy Mummy and Me, Design a Pram, Goggle Eyes, How to Write Really Badly, Step by Wicked Step, The Granny Project, The More The Merrier, The Tulip Touch.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
Bonny has no choice. If her mother is to keep her new job, Bonny must take a one-day course at Charm School. One day at Charm School turns out to be every bit as bad as Bonny had feared. The other girls are scratchy and self-obsessed, and will do anything to win the "glistering tiara".
And what do you think?
Hannah Wilson, Hertingfordbury Cowper JMI school
This book is about a girl called Bonny and her time at Charm School. Unfortunatly she finds lots of selfish girls at Mrs Opaene's school. Everyone wants to win the sparkling tiara except for Bonny. This book is amusing an well written. It is great fun to
Susan Harrison, Amazon.co.uk
Bonny is certainly not keen to spend a day at Charm School but her mother has to sit an exam and can't find a babysitter so she bites the bullet and heads off for a day of sheer agony. As the delightfully nasty Charm School girls--prissy little tinkerbell
Snigdha, Chennai
I loved the book.It was very funny.Bonny and her mum move to a new town and bonny"s mum has to take a one day class to get a job and she doesn"t have any place to leave Bonny so she asks her to join another one day class. And thus she is put into "Charm S More...
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