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Schoolgirl Jen at the Abbey (Abbey #7)

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Title:Schoolgirl Jen at the Abbey (Abbey #7)
Dunkerley, Elsie Jeanette  Writing under the pseudonym: Oxenham, Elsie J.   
(23 of 30 for author by title)
The Second Term at Rocklands [“Tickles”, or The School that was different] (Rocklands #2)
Schooldays at the Abbey (Abbey #4)
Published:   1953
Publisher:Wm. Collins Sons and Co. Ltd.
Tags:fiction, girls, juvenile, young adult, school stories

Jen was a nice young character who was introduced because the original girls Joan and Joy had grown up and were not interesting to the schoolgirl readership. There must have been a great tradition of naming girls with J as we also get Janice later, called Jandy Mac, all of which can be confusing.

These books are very dated now with just about no male characters and those we do see had to be eligible young men like a doctor or pilot. Nobody tells these young girls at school that they are going to have to work in a typing pool when they leave, or asks if they would like to be a large-animal vet. It's pretty much assumed that they'll marry and that's that, or else they'll teach. [Suggest a different description.]

Comments:Abbey Series #7
Pages:224 Info

Author Bio for Dunkerley, Elsie Jeanette

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A celebrated English girls’ school story writer, Elsie J. Oxenham's real name was Elsie Jeanette Dunkerley. Born in 1880 in Southport, Lancashire, she was the daughter of writer William John Dunkerley, whose chosen pseudonym - ‘John Oxenham’ - was a clear influence upon her own. Her brother, Roderic Dunkerley, was also an author (published under his own name), as was her sister Erica, who used the 'Oxenham' name as well. Oxenham grew up in Ealing, West London, where her family had moved when she was a baby, living there until 1922, when the family moved again, to Worthing. After the deaths of her parents, Oxenham lived with her sister Maida. She died in 1960.

Oxenham, whose interests included the Camp Fire movement, and English Folk Dance traditions, is primarily remembered as the creator of the 38-book Abbey Girls series. In her lifetime she had 87 titles published, and another two have since been published by her niece, who discovered the manuscripts in the early 1990s. She is considered a major figure among girls' school story writers of the first half of the twentieth century -- one of the 'Big Three,' together with Elinor Brent-Dyer and Dorita Fairlie Bruce.--goodreads.com.

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