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Binkie of IIIB

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"IIIB is the completist set of duds that has ever been collected in one place since schools were invented" declares Rose Seymour - St. Helen's beautiful and talented head-girl - when she hears that her younger sister Binkie (Elizabeth) has been assigned to the form. Binkie herself is a little discouraged by her new form-mates, who seem uninterested in their studies, don't perform well athletically, and have allowed both their form-room and form-garden to slip into chaos. She longs for the chance to demonstrate to the school - and especially to the superior girls in IIIA - that IIIB can win at something, but what can one girl do to redirect an entire form? And will Binkie ever succeed in befriending the appealing but sardonic Susan Crashaw, who seems to dislike Rose with a passion...?

Originally published in 1922, Binkie of IIB was the first of Evelyn Smith's fourteen girls' school stories, and follows its eponymous heroine through her first term at school. Sincere and kind-hearted, Binkie soon does work a change in those around her, but not without the little dramas one would expect in a group of young girls. The false-accusation subplot - apparently de rigueur in the school-story - even makes an appearance, complete with pickles and chutney. Short and sweet, this well-written little confection is sure to please readers in the genre. I found Binkie a sympathetic heroine, and although her story was rather predictable, it nevertheless had charm. A worthy beginning to my new Evelyn Smith project! ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jul 15, 2013 |
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The state of things in Form IIIB at St. Helen's gives scope for those qualities of courage, tact and unselfishness which make Binkie such a lovable little soul. Completely natural, she is always cheerful, and possessed by a flame of wonderful esprit de corps, and her example rouses the Form to all-round keenness. Of course there are some troubles, and Binkie has her share, but thanks to her, friendships are strengthened and heartburnings allayed.

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