Barbara Chester, younger sister of Nancy and Beth, has been so frail all her life that only now at 14 years of age is she deemed strong enough to go to school. As big sister Beth will be working for the Maynards as governess and mother’s help, it has been decided that Barbara can start at the Chalet School as a day girl from Joey’s new home in Switzerland. But three of the Maynard children have gone down with German measles, and Barbara has to begin at the School as a boarder straight away.
Her cousin Vi Lucy has promised to look after her and Barbara soon finds herself part of Mary-Lou and Vi’s gang. This first term in Switzerland is mainly spent with mistresses and girls getting to know their new surroundings: there are trips out and when the first snows of winter come, the girls try out skiing for the first time…
As an introduction, Ruth Jolly has written a character study of Barbara, looking at how she is portrayed in the La Rochelle series, with brief mentions in the English Chalet School, and into this new book about her.