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Dorothy's Dilemma: A School Story

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Title:Dorothy's Dilemma: A School Story
Dunkerley, Elsie Jeanette  Writing under the pseudonym: Oxenham, Elsie J.   
(15 of 47 for author by title)
A Fiddler for the Abbey (Abbey #33)
A Dancer from the Abbey (Abbey #36)
Published:   1930
Tags:fiction, juvenile, school stories

A very nice boarding school for girls novel. It's by the same author of the "Abbey Girls" books, although this one is not part of a series. The author has a quite gentle style, quite soothing to read, and I enjoyed that the book focused on a test of character.

The story is about two schoolgirls who are best friends, but gradually one of them grows disappointed in the other because she realizes her friend is only focused on herself, and she is always taking and never giving. However, instead of drifting apart, she decides to stick by her friend and wait for the right moment to help her change and grow.

The whole thing is readable and entertaining. Its main flaw is that it could have used a bit more subtlety sometimes. The "insensitive" friend's behavior is too egregious, and all the other girls are always on her case to an exaggerated extent. Nevertheless, it has a rather moving message about the value of friendship and generosity.--Farseer. [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:129 Info

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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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