'Fifty-five heads turned as if by clockwork, and fifty-five pairs of eyes were leveled at the small girl in the white apron who meekly followed Mrs Gurley down the length of the dining-room. Laura crimsoned under the unexpected ordeal...' At the turn of the century Laura Rambotham, a gangly dark-haired country girl, is sent to a select Melbourne boarding school. Poor but proud, Laura longs for acceptance, but lacks the seemly restraint and conventional attitudes of her fellows. Bewildered by the rigid code and strict discipline of school life, Laura uses her considerable powers to win the friendship she craves, with results often hilarious, usually devastating. Laura learns to deal with life - and love - the hard way; and in doing so discovers, as thousands of girls have before and since, that learning plays but a small part in the getting wisdom. First published in 1910, this is probably the best novel of girls at boarding school even written, its heroine Laura conveying quite perfectly the longings of every adolescent girl both to be herself, yet to be as others. Ebullient, passionate, lovable, Laura is immediately recognizable as a heroine of her time - and of ours.