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The Abbey Girls (Abbey #2)

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Title:The Abbey Girls (Abbey #2)
Dunkerley, Elsie Jeanette  Writing under the pseudonym: Oxenham, Elsie J.   
(2 of 47 for author by title)
The Abbey Girls Again [abridged] (Abbey #14)
An Abbey Champion (Abbey #31)
Dixon, Arthur A.   
Published:   1920
Tags:fiction, girls, juvenile, school stories

To read about the Abbey Girls is to long to join them at school - to meet the members of the Hamlet Club - to watch the flowery ceremony of crowning the Queen! It is all so charming and natural. A joyous strain of country dancing runs through the pages, but there is also a deeper note of warm helpfulness and achievement.

When Cicely visits the ruined abbey, she determines that 15-year-old Joan should come to Miss Macey's school. But Joan insists that her cousin Joy, desperately needing training for her musical talents, be given the scholarship. But how will headstrong quick tempered Joy cope with the school feud?

It's not till the 2nd book of the series that we meet the Abbey Girls and at this point interest is still very much in Cicely and the school. What makes this book worth reading today are the characterizations from which the plot naturally springs. These early books are full of attractive portraits of strong minded teen girls and this is no exception.—Helen, on Goodreads. [Suggest a different description.]

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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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