I read this for the first time when I was 9. I had run out of books to read and my mum recommended I should try it as she had liked them when she was a little girl. And so began my love of the Malory Towers series.
This book follows Darrell Rivers as she starts at Malory Towers, a boarding school for girls, as she navigates her new world, becomes friends with characters like Alicia and takes a disliking to Gwendoline Mary Lacy (and don’t forget the Mary!). Her explosive temper also comes out from time to time, leading to trouble for herself and her classmates.
This book is extremely readable for girls aged 8 and above and it is actually very easy to forget that the book would be set in the 1940’s or 1950’s as the books are written in such a way that they could easily be happening today! Covering just one term, unlike other books in a similar vein to this one, a lot happens and the reader is still very satisfied with the ending, looking towards getting the second in the series.