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Jane Runs Away from School by Joanna Lloyd

Jane Runs Away from School

by Joanna Lloyd

Other authors: Leo Bates (Illustrator)

Series: Bramber Manor (2)

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"What a ghastly-looking set of girls! Jane had never liked other girls, but these were worse than any she had ever come across. She loathed them all at sight. It was her first day at school..." So begins Jane Runs Away From School, the second of Joanna Lloyd's novels set at Bramber Manor, in which Jane Duncan - a young tomboy who had always led a rather carefree existence with her two older brothers, her beloved dog, her loving Army Colonel father, and her tolerant mother - finds herself an unhappy and most unwilling student at a girls' school when her father is sent to India.

Although her fellow students aren't quite as "sloppy" as she thinks they will be, Jane is unwilling to let go of her preconceived notions, and plots her escape, despite a growing appreciation for school-life. Some exciting (and highly uncomfortable) adventures follow, and Jane eventually finds herself back at Bramber Manor. As Reverend Maitland says, "You can't spend your whole life running away from things." But will the girls of Shaftesbury House accept Jane back as one of their own, after such dramatic contretemps?

Not quite as funny as her first title, this was still an engaging story, and those who have read Catherine Goes to School will be pleased to recognize such figures as the dreamy Catherine Maitland and her good friend Roy Bertram, the boisterous Daphne and Penelope, and head-mistress Miss Atherton. New characters also abound, from Shaftesbury head-girl Eleanor, to games-captain Vera Sandys. The chief addition, of course (leaving aside the titular Jane), is the golden-haired Agnes Maclean, for whom Jane feels an instant dislike, until later events make them good friends.

I enjoyed Jane Runs Away From School, despite the fact that it did not quite live up to Lloyd's first effort. Whether this was owing to its shift in focus away from the endearing Catherine, or simply to the author's apparent determination to insert a poetical quotation at every possible opportunity, I couldn't really say. However that may be, it was still quite entertaining, although I could have done without the passing reference (again!) to the "Ten Little N*gger Boys." Leaving that unfortunate anachronism aside, this is well worth the time of any school-story devotee! ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jul 17, 2013 |
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Having always considered girls' schools, and the girls who attend them, quite horrid, Jane Duncan is surprised to discover that Bramber Manor is not what she expected.
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