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The Bettanys on the Home Front by Helen Barber

The Bettanys on the Home Front by Helen Barber

Title: The Bettanys on the Home Front

Author: Helen Barber

Publisher: Girl’s Gone By Publishers

Date: 2015

Format: Paperback

Series: Chalet School series fill-in prequel

Helen Barber has once again looked ‘Before the Chalet School’ and delved into the past with Madge, Dick and Joey. But not to any old past – War is declared. Helen has an amazing talent for taking what we know from Elinor Brent-Dyer of the young Bettany family, and creating characters that are not only believable in themselves, but also lead us to realise how Madge and Joey grew up to become the founders of the Chalet School. In addition, we have a very realistic account of the early days of the First World War, and what it was like to be growing up then.
1914, and the Bettany family—fourteen-year-old twins Madge and Dick and their little sister Joey—are enjoying a seaside holiday with their guardian. But the news is disturbing and their happy time is cut short by the announcement that war has been declared.

Back home in Taverton, Madge is faced with a rapidly changing world. With Guardian away on war business and Aunt Josie preoccupied with her own family, it falls to Madge to hold the household together without neglecting the all-important world of school and the challenge of a new form which seems to have no place for her. But what is Nanny’s mysterious secret, and is she a proper person to care for Joey?

A secret society in the school attics, riots in the town, a shell-shocked clergyman and a new friend for Joey all play their part in this delightful school and family story.

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