This is the story of Geraldine Challoner, an orphan raised in seclusion by high-Victorian great-aunts, who must learn to fit in with a modern family of the early 1920s, wearing modern clothing, going to a school, and learning to get on with the high-spirited children in her new home. The story of Gerry's introduction to the twentieth century is delightfully told with all of Brent-Dyer's gifts of characterisation and sense of place, a century later it is fascinating to look back on the culture of its salad days, which has an especial poignancy.
Gerry Goes to School was first published in 1922, and was the first novel published by Elinor M Brent-Dyer, who went on to become the author of the much loved Chalet School series. It is the first in the La Rochelle series of books, a series linked to the Chalet School series, featuring many characters who either pop up in Chalet novels (like Gerry herself!) or who eventually become the mothers of major Chalet characters (ever wonder about the family background of the Lucys, Chesters and Ozannes?).
This appears to be a first edition, with light brown boards and a black line drawing by Mabel Lucie Atwell on the front and the spine.
The edges of the text block are somewhat soiled and foxed, and the stitching between front board and block is loose but remains attached. Page 11 is detached from the book, as is the illustration opposite page 28. There were originally 4 plates by Gordon Browne but the frontispiece and "We ought to strike" are missing. In good condition for a book published in 1922, and most likely read often.