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Bonny does not want to go to Charm School, no matter how much Mum needs her to take a one day class. And it's just as bad as she has feared. Worse, in fact. For Charm School is filled with awful, scratchy, self-obsessed girls who are prepared to do almost anything to win the much-coveted 'Glistening Tiara'......

Title : Charm School
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ISBN : 9780440864004
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 192 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Charm School Reviews

  • Lorraine Gaule
    2019-02-24 11:32

    Anne Fine was and still is one of my favourite children’s authors. Her most famous book would be Madam Doubtfire, which most people will know as the popular film Ms. Doubtfire. Charm School is a book for children aged 9/10+, more probably girls as it is very as the name suggests set one Saturday in a school for ‘charming girls.’ I found this book original and humorous, it has a lot of unexpected parts to it and it is not what you would expect which will be interesting for children reading as it will keep them engaged.Bonny, the main character has just moved house and knows no body, worse still she is made go to charm school while her mother takes an accounting class. This is the last place tomboy Bonny wants to be and it is an interesting day for her. We are introduced to the girls each as competitive and occasionally spiteful as the girl before. Bonny tries to teach them a lesson for being self-obsessed and nasty in order to win the highly coveted ‘Glistering Tiara’ in the annual crowing of Miss Supreme Queen. Safe to say they eventually learn a lot from each other and Bonny even leaves with some friends after she tries to sabotage the whole pageant.This book could be successfully used in English. It has excellent examples of character writing. It could be effectively used to explore character descriptions as the examples in the book are very detailed and show a depth beyond just physical descriptions. It is also a good book to challenge misconceptions about what people are like from their physical appearance which is such a prevalent issue for older children especially as they are getting ready to move to a new school. Thus it could also be used to address those issues that young girls have and to show that everyone is different and that it is normal.

  • Diana-Katry Kornis
    2019-03-21 16:13

    Cute children's book! :)

  • BlueCorralDream
    2019-03-12 08:08

    I love this book! I must have read it like 50 times by now ^-^ I love being girly so I'd love to go to charm school but I get why Bonnie might not want to. After all, not everyone likes pink and cute things. I like that Bonnie tells the other girls that they can have fun and don't always have to be perfect - especially that they can eat the nice things they named themselves after. I think that's an immportant message - I think teenagers are told what we shouldn't eat too often (haha, off I go again. gomen!). Anyway, I would recommend this book to anyone in the preteen/young teen age group. It's silly and fun for older girls too.

  • Ebehi
    2019-03-15 09:16

    I loved it because it's answer to the Curls ad Purls girls was to have fun. I like that Anne Fine didn't delve too much into media and why girls see themselves the way they do, because it would have seemed to simplistic and trite, especially as everyhting happens in one day. Instead, the girls are encouraged to have fun instead of sitting at the mirror all the day. I liked Bonnie very much because she was so candid and improper without being annoying. This book is really funny, and still makes me laugh.

  • Rae Stoltenkamp
    2019-03-08 12:27

    I really liked the core theme of this book. It centres around Bonny who joins a group of girls who are obsessed with how they look and what they wear. None of these things matter to Bonny as she believes life is more than just being decorative. Even though the other girls do their best to make Bonny feel as though she is worthless for not being like them, she takes control of the situation and helps them realise their own worth. This is an excellent book for reinforcing the message that life is for living and should, most of all, be fun.

  • Louise Armstrong
    2019-03-14 13:07

    It's a little bit heavy handed (unusual for Anne Fine!) but intended for younger readers, I suppose.She's very good at catching people's characters in dialogue. 'Stroke it on gently, dear,' Mrs Opalene was telling Pearl. 'Don't scrape away at Araminta's precious face.'I think that the two words that make this line effective are 'dear' and 'precious'.Mrs Opaline, by the way, runs the charm school and is: 'A large, round, glittering lady.'

  • Emmy
    2019-02-28 12:19

    I have heard of Anne Fine as she is quite a traditional author but this book was far from her greatest work. Personally I found the main character annoying and the rest of the characters with no reason for being. The writing was a drag too with lots of narrative words instead of description. I didn't enjoy the storyline at all so overall a bit disappointed really. However I will say that for younger children, age 6, they might enjoy it but I don't recommend it.

  • Emma
    2019-03-01 10:18

    Don't get me wrong, this could potentially be an amazing book for teenagers and children but the only memories I have of it are of hating it. I was around ten when I read this and I can still remember the intense feelings of clastrophobia and panic I got from the storyline.Either me being very strange or the author being very good at absorbing young readers!

  • Bahar
    2019-03-04 12:26

    not a bad book,although it doesn't make to the list of my TOP-favourite books.

  • Angela
    2019-03-18 12:18

    This is a funny book about looks and friendship. It was a quick and enjoyable read.

  • Danielle
    2019-03-10 08:10

    I love this book i can read it over and over again as it makes me laugh every time.

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    2019-03-17 11:29


  • Noor
    2019-03-02 10:18

    Such girly girls are in that book.

  • Louie
    2019-03-08 13:12

    Loved this back in my childhood when I was tomboy like Bonnie.

  • Philippa Rae
    2019-02-24 10:14

    I enjoyed this book very much. It was one of the first children's books that I read as an adult.

  • Briar Rose
    2019-03-05 09:14

    It's nice to see a YA book challenging messages about beauty which often go unquestioned in fiction for girls. You don't need to hit them over the head with it though.

  • Susan
    2019-02-26 16:12

    I have very little memory of this (beyond

  • Laura
    2019-03-16 16:03

    I read this when I was REALLY young. I used to get it out of the library every other time we went just so I could re-read it. I don't know why I love it so much but I can still remember most of it.

  • Ainhoareadsbooks
    2019-02-23 08:14

    This book was great. I usually don't really like Fine but I really liked this one.

  • Devika
    2019-03-20 14:33

    I think it was absolutely great!It wasn't as bad as I thought!But I think Iit kept on repeating about why they want to look beutiful .

  • - Sophie..(:
    2019-03-05 09:03


  • Muskan
    2019-03-22 12:28

    I hated it. Maybe it was not a book for someone like me. I don't know about others. Really boring and not at all interesting to carry on the reading. I had a hard time reading it. :3

  • Felicity
    2019-02-23 08:23

    I quite liked this book. It's good fun and the main character is a tomboy whose mother sends her to charm school to make her more ladylike which causes interesting consequences!

  • Kali
    2019-03-23 08:21

    Read 23rd August 2015 to 25th August 2015Read January 31st 2016 - 1st February 2016Read 25th July 2016 -

  • Rose
    2019-03-05 11:06

    Funny and feel good, but with social commentary and good messages for young girls. Definitely keeping this one in my books for my future kids pile.

  • Fiulz
    2019-03-15 08:12

    Very funny, great message and great finale :)

  • Manya Kapur
    2019-03-20 12:04

    Not worth reading. :(