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Off to Malory Towers #FridayReflections

I loved Enid Blyton books as a child. I still remember my parents getting me my first Blyton book at age six: Stories for you. It was one of her books with a number of short stories in it. It was books about young boys and girls, animals and toys, brownies and golliwogs, fairies and teddy bears. It was a magical world. As the years went by, I continued to read a lot more of her books. I fell in love with the Five Find-outers and dogThe Naughtiest Girl, The Faraway Tree and The Adventures of the Wishing Chair. I longed for a faraway tree myself or even a magical chair that could take me on different adventures. I longed for my stuffed toys to talk to me or for the animals I befriended to show me pixies and brownies. I longed to solve mysteries like the Find-outers or the Secret seven.

But most of all, I wanted to go to boarding school with Darrell and the others.

When I was eleven, my uncle bought me the Malory Towers series for my birthday. I had read two of the books beforehand {from a friend} and had also finished the St Clare series. But I wanted to own the books. I remember starting the books the day I received them. In the First term at Malory Towers, we were introduced to Darrell Rivers as she started out at Malory Towers. We met Sally, Mary Lou, Gwendoline and Alicia. We learnt about Darrell’s temper and her attempts to find a best friend. I loved how little Mary Lou faced her fears and how Sally’s assumptions about being sent kept her from enjoying her first few months. I loved how Darrell found who her real friends were by the end of this book. While reading the Second Form at Malory Towers, I laughed out loud at the crazy antics of Belinda and Irene. The trick with the invisible chalk had me in splits. And once again, little Mary Lou was a symbol of forgiveness and second-chances. In many ways, this was one of my favourite books in the series.

The Third Year at Malory Towers wasn’t the best one for me but it was still entertaining. I found Zerelda hilarious right from the use of her name. Bill was cool and Mavis was annoying. In the Upper Fourth at Malory Towers, Darrell’s sister Felicity started at the school as did Alicia’s cousin, June. The girls in Darrell’s year had a midnight party and there were problems between twins, Connie and Ruth. In the Fifth at Malory Towers, Darrell gets her first foray into writing. She writes a pantomime for their grade to perform at the end of the year. The trials and tribulations faced by the year were entertaining and I loved how Darrell was as a writer. There is also a nasty side to this term when one of the fifth-year girls gets anonymous spiteful letters. Finally, in their Last term at Malory Towers, Darrell was the head girl. She noticed changes in her friends and the lack of responsibility in others. As they looked to the future, some of them did not get what they want. And that’s how life is, I suppose.

When I read Malory Towers, I wanted to go there. I wanted to be like Darrell and her friends. I wanted their experiences.  I remember asking my mum at one point if I could be sent to boarding school. She didn’t agree with me. Of course, when I think about it now, I doubt boarding schools in India would have been the same as Malory Towers. But I was part of their gang. I was their friend. They kept me company throughout my own high school years and I loved the journey.

It’s a series I read and re-read and continue to do so when I visit my family back in India. I plan to bring them back with me the next time I visit. It’s about a bunch of girls in high school, dealing with the trials and tribulations of their times. They navigate through studies and friendship and learning who they really are.

It’s no wonder it resonated with me.

What was your favourite childhood book?

Do share!

***Linking with Janine and Mackenzie for Friday Reflections***

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Until next time,

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    October 3, 2015 at 8:47 am

    The Chronicles of Narnia were my favorites as a child. I had a teacher who was obsessed with them and she read them aloud chapter by chapter to the whole class. By the end of the year, we all loved the series and she gave us all large laminated posters that were maps of Narnia. When I got older and started reading to my own kids, I fell in love with Francis Hodgson Burnett’s “A Little Princes” and “The Secret Garden”. Both great stories of transformation, character, and relationships.

    Wonderful post. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Tara Schiller
    October 3, 2015 at 8:47 am

    The Chronicles of Narnia were my favorites as a child. I had a teacher who was obsessed with them and she read them aloud chapter by chapter to the whole class. By the end of the year, we all loved the series and she gave us all large laminated posters that were maps of Narnia. When I got older and started reading to my own kids, I fell in love with Francis Hodgson Burnett’s “A Little Princes” and “The Secret Garden”. Both great stories of transformation, character, and relationships.

    Wonderful post. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Mackenzie Glanville
    October 3, 2015 at 10:28 am

    The Enchanted Wood and Wishing Chair series were my fav’s I still have my original copies so beautifully illustrated and I loved the Famous Five series too. I loved reading about your dreams of going to boarding school, very sweet #Fridayreflections
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  • Mackenzie Glanville
    October 3, 2015 at 10:28 am

    The Enchanted Wood and Wishing Chair series were my fav’s I still have my original copies so beautifully illustrated and I loved the Famous Five series too. I loved reading about your dreams of going to boarding school, very sweet #Fridayreflections
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  • Shailaja
    October 3, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I just finished re-reading this series last month. I have too many favourites to pick one but I think you’ve done justice to my own feelings on the subject 🙂
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  • Shailaja
    October 3, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I just finished re-reading this series last month. I have too many favourites to pick one but I think you’ve done justice to my own feelings on the subject 🙂
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  • Fiona
    October 3, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    LOVED the Mallory Towers and St Clares series, read them over and over and over again!

    Their girls can do anything, early feminism was awesome.

  • Fiona
    October 3, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    LOVED the Mallory Towers and St Clares series, read them over and over and over again!

    Their girls can do anything, early feminism was awesome.

  • Rajlakshmi
    October 3, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    I have only read the secret seven series, they are a part of my childhood 🙂 But my favourite was always Nancy Drew. My admiration for her is never ending 😀
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  • Rajlakshmi
    October 3, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    I have only read the secret seven series, they are a part of my childhood 🙂 But my favourite was always Nancy Drew. My admiration for her is never ending 😀
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  • Bikram
    October 3, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    My favourite were the hardy boys, and famous five 🙂
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    October 3, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    My favourite were the hardy boys, and famous five 🙂
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    October 5, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    I loved the famous five series..

    Now I badly want to re-read them..

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    October 5, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    I loved the famous five series..

    Now I badly want to re-read them..

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    October 7, 2015 at 3:15 am

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