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The author whose brilliance gave us "Binkie" and "Nicky" may be counted upon for a succession of amusing incidents, a high standard of character drawing, and in 'The First Fifth Form' she more than maintains her reputation. Pat, Grace, the Parker-Pratts and Betsey are living persons whom we know intimately long before the Fifth Form has risen to its full dignity. In the pr The author whose brilliance gave us "Binkie" and "Nicky" may be counted upon for a succession of amusing incidents, a high standard of character drawing, and in 'The First Fifth Form' she more than maintains her reputation. Pat, Grace, the Parker-Pratts and Betsey are living persons whom we know intimately long before the Fifth Form has risen to its full dignity. In the process Winkle and Betsey show up with startling effect, while Pat patiently works, by turns aided and hindered by Grace, but always up against the self-conceit of the Parker-Pratts. The intriguing history of the Shakespeare Garden and the remarkable incident of the unofficial "Sports" are only two points in a book which every girl will read with delight.


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The author whose brilliance gave us "Binkie" and "Nicky" may be counted upon for a succession of amusing incidents, a high standard of character drawing, and in 'The First Fifth Form' she more than maintains her reputation. Pat, Grace, the Parker-Pratts and Betsey are living persons whom we know intimately long before the Fifth Form has risen to its full dignity. In the pr The author whose brilliance gave us "Binkie" and "Nicky" may be counted upon for a succession of amusing incidents, a high standard of character drawing, and in 'The First Fifth Form' she more than maintains her reputation. Pat, Grace, the Parker-Pratts and Betsey are living persons whom we know intimately long before the Fifth Form has risen to its full dignity. In the process Winkle and Betsey show up with startling effect, while Pat patiently works, by turns aided and hindered by Grace, but always up against the self-conceit of the Parker-Pratts. The intriguing history of the Shakespeare Garden and the remarkable incident of the unofficial "Sports" are only two points in a book which every girl will read with delight.

46 review for The First Fifth Form

  1. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    Pat Morrison was keenly conscious of the fact that Rosebank Private School - where she, her sister Gillian, her best friend Betsey Woodruff, and Betsey's three sisters, Millicent, Winkle and Iris, were students - wasn't a "proper" school. Not like Wrinchley, where they played games, acted Shakespeare, and (most importantly!) passed examinations. Wrinchley, the expensive boarding school where superior Grace Whigham was a student... But when Rosebank closed down, and was replaced by the Little Marl Pat Morrison was keenly conscious of the fact that Rosebank Private School - where she, her sister Gillian, her best friend Betsey Woodruff, and Betsey's three sisters, Millicent, Winkle and Iris, were students - wasn't a "proper" school. Not like Wrinchley, where they played games, acted Shakespeare, and (most importantly!) passed examinations. Wrinchley, the expensive boarding school where superior Grace Whigham was a student... But when Rosebank closed down, and was replaced by the Little Marling New Girls' School, it looked as if matters were finally improving! Enrolled, together with sister and friends, at the new school, Pat finds herself part of its first ever Fifth Form. Soon settling down to her work, Pat's scholastic achievement began to improve, as she also became involved in school projects, like the Shakespeare Garden, and school controversies, like the Fourth Form's secret sports day. Although there were episodes in The First Fourth Form I found very appealing, particularly those involving the endearing Winkle and her mischievous projects, overall I found that the story didn't quite hang together as well as it might have. I'm not entirely sure why that was. I did find it interesting that some attention is given to what constitutes a "good" school for girls, with a clear preference being shown to the "modern" school, in which scholastic and athletic achievement in encouraged, rather than the more traditional "finishing" school, which emphasized deportment and manners. That alone made this a worthwhile entry in my school-story project!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kirsti

    Started this yesterday, while waiting to start work. I usually have a 20 minute wait because my bus gets there early, so I finished my dog book and started this. I love School Stories, and this on is a beauty. The characters are excellent, especially Winkle and Pat. The circumstances are fun, and different than in some other books I've read in this genre. A great book, five stars. Started this yesterday, while waiting to start work. I usually have a 20 minute wait because my bus gets there early, so I finished my dog book and started this. I love School Stories, and this on is a beauty. The characters are excellent, especially Winkle and Pat. The circumstances are fun, and different than in some other books I've read in this genre. A great book, five stars.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alisa

    I read this book as an adult and again with a ten year old girl. Reading it with a child put a new spin on the fun memories because they are her present. It brought me back to my childhood and related me to the young reader as well. I got this book through GoodReads First Reads. It's a wonderful children's book. I read this book as an adult and again with a ten year old girl. Reading it with a child put a new spin on the fun memories because they are her present. It brought me back to my childhood and related me to the young reader as well. I got this book through GoodReads First Reads. It's a wonderful children's book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mhairi Gowans

    A excellent example of school literature with brilliantly drawn characters.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Helen

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rosie Hopkins

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tina Reynolds

  8. 5 out of 5

    Better Graces

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  10. 4 out of 5

    Clare Hollowell

  11. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Guilford

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    Kat

  13. 4 out of 5

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    Avril

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anna Louise Walker

  16. 4 out of 5

    Adrianne

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Melanie Houston

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cherri Woods

  19. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  20. 4 out of 5

    Linda

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tig

  22. 4 out of 5

    Verity

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  24. 5 out of 5

    Daniela

  25. 5 out of 5

    Renee

  26. 4 out of 5

    Adrianne

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jen

  28. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Zitsch

  29. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Lavender

  30. 4 out of 5

    Richard Tyler

  31. 4 out of 5

    Margaret scotland

  32. 4 out of 5

    Laura Dobb

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    Andy

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    Xeno

  35. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Gates

  36. 4 out of 5

    Daisy May Johnson

  37. 5 out of 5

    Carol Ann

  38. 4 out of 5

    Laura

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    Diana Senn

  40. 4 out of 5

    Janelea

  41. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

  42. 5 out of 5

    Kim Coomey

  43. 4 out of 5

    Sonia

  44. 4 out of 5

    Kiran Parry

  45. 4 out of 5

    Sylvie

  46. 5 out of 5

    Karen Bainbridge

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