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Third Year at Malory Towers (1948)

by Enid Blyton

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Series: Malory Towers - Combined (3), Malory Towers (3)

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Two new girls have arrived at Malory Towers - and they couldn't be more different. Tomboy Bill spends more time with her horse than in the classroom, whilst American girl, Zerelda, seems determined not to fit in with the others.
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No one does school stories like Blyton did school stories. Utterly delightful.
  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
This was part of my favourite 'school' series as a child and teenager. I picked it up and read it again, after lending it to a young friend, and found myself totally caught up in the storylines.

This book continues to feature the likeable Darrell, who rather misses her friend Sally (off school and in quarantine). New girls are the film-mad Zerelda from the US, and horse-made Wilhelmina who is always known as Bill. Caricatures, undoubtedly, but somehow Blyton managed to get inside the schoolgirl mind, and some useful moral lessons are demonstrated without any preaching.

The writing is a bit repetitive and - unsurprisingly - very dated (this book was first published in 1948). But who can fail to be moved by Bill's attempts to save her horse from colic, or by Darrell's dedication to lacrosse, leading to a moment of totally unexpected triumph?

Not good literature, of course, but it's stood the test of time...and still, apparently, appeals to pre-teen girls.... as well as adults who read and enjoyed it many decades ago. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
It wasn't bad per se but it was a little odd. Blyton is awful at writing ponies - not that she'd have needed any income coming from the huge pony book market - and it's a shame seeing as this is really the main plot. I did enjoy Darrell's tribulations with school lacrosse, though. ( )
  RubyScarlett | Nov 11, 2013 |
Zerelda learns to be a school girl, and horse mad Bill joins the form ( )
  atreic | Oct 11, 2011 |
This Book is the 3rd book in the series of Malory Towers. In this story there is a new girl called Wilhelmina who is crazy for horses. At the end Wilhelmina's teacher becomes famous for saving a student... ( )
  PuffyBear | Jan 27, 2010 |
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Chapple, JennyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Two new girls have arrived at Malory Towers - and they couldn't be more different. Tomboy Bill spends more time with her horse than in the classroom, whilst American girl, Zerelda, seems determined not to fit in with the others.

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The girls return for another term to find several new girls in their form. There is Zerelda, the American girl with her 'wunnerful' ways; Bill, short for Wilhelmina, who is mad on horses; and Mavis, who has a remarkable voice and is sure she is going to be an opera singer. There are some hair-raising incidents as the new girls settle down for an enjoyable and evenful term at Malory Towers.
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