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CS 19+ A Guernsey Girl at the Chalet School by Amy Fletcher


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CS No 19+

A Guernsey Girl at the Chalet School is set between Sisters at the Chalet School by Amy Fletcher and Peace Comes to the Chalet School by Katherine Bruce.

In Guernsey Girl Amy has tried to build on the character of Jacqueline Le Pelley whom she introduced in Sisters. She is a character created by EBD and is mentioned in Exile as living in Guernsey but having been in the Sanatorium with a broken ankle. It is her people who take a house in Dr Russell’s name to receive his family when they have to leave Austria. EBD does not have her appear in person until The Chalet School Goes to It, where she is thirteen, and in the Fourth form with Biddy O’Ryan, in what would have been 1940. Writing Refuge Amy was unable to develop the character of Jacqueline as she would have liked, so she has now focussed on her, in 1945, nearly five years later when she is a prefect in her last year of school.

Jacqueline is seen to take a full part in Prefect duties, as well as showing responsibility and sensitivity towards the members of her Junior dormitory. Against the background of the War, she handles well the strain of no news of her father and second brother in Guernsey, as well as her eldest brother posted as ‘Missing’.

Jacqueline is involved in trying to make the best of the situation when the girls are lost in the fog, and also in damage-limitation in the aftermath of the flood which damaged so much of the goods destined for the Sale (as mentioned in Peace).

A Guernsey Girl was published on 24 November 2021.


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