Marshmallow has finally gotten into the Malory Towers series by Enid Blyton, which used to be a favorite of Sprinkles when she was a young bunny. In the review below Marshmallow reviews the fifth book of the series: In the Fifth at Malory Towers. As a change, this time Sprinkles is involved, too. Let us see how this one goes.
Sprinkles: So Marshmallow I have been seeing you reading the Malory Towers books over and over in these last few days.
Marshmallow: Yeah, I have been reading them, that’s true.
S: Can you tell our readers what these books are all about?
M: They are about some British girls going to a school called Malory Towers. Malory Towers is a boarding school for girls only.
S: The school is for six year and there is one book for each year, right?
M: Yes. Each year, there are multiple problems that come up and we see the girls grow up as they go through all that. Though some of them don’t seem to get more mature. They don’t seem to get nicer.
S: Yes, there is a specific mean character, you mean?
M: Yes. She’s spiteful, cunning, and sly. She’s also conceited; she thinks she’s great.
S: You’re talking about Gwendoline, right?
M: Yes, Gwendoline Mary Lacey. And she lies to her parents, too, telling them that she is good at everything.
S: Ok, let us talk about the more pleasant characters. Tell us about some of them.
M: Darrell Rivers is the main character. And her best friend is Sally Hope.
S: They are both good kids, right?
M: Well. Darrell has some anger issues. At least in the earlier books.
S: Then she should read Caramel’s review of Train Your Angry Dragon, right?
M: That might not be good enough. She needs to read the book! Anyways, Sally also is not perfect. She gets jealous sometimes. But overall they are, as you say, good kids. Actually most of the characters have some serious flaws.
S: But isn’t that quite natural? No bunny is perfect.
M: Yes I suppose that’s true. And maybe that makes the book more realistic.
S: Ok, now it is probably time that we start talking about the fifth book. Why did you want to talk about this one more specifically?
M: This one is my favorite. It’s interesting to see how all the talents and strengths of the girls come together to create something, the Christmas show.
S: You and your classmates often do school plays, right?
M: Yes we do at least one play every other year.
S: That does take a lot of group effort and practice.
M. Right. But in this book there are also other problems that the girls have to face. Moira and Alicia get really mad at each other for instance and Alicia quits. Then Alicia’s cousin June gets mad at Moira and starts writing poison pen letters.
S: That’s an interesting phrase Marshmallow. What does poison pen letter mean?
M: I had not heard of it before reading this book but Wikipedia has a brief description.
S: That’s really mean, right? To send spiteful and anonymous letters to people to hurt them?
M: Yes, that’s really mean. In the end June is punished for it. But let us not spoil the book for the readers. Maybe this is a good place to stop?
S: Yes, I think we gave them some good teasers so they can follow up with the threads themselves. Thanks for the chat Marshmallow.
M: Yay! I get to say it this time: Stay tuned for more reviews from the Book Bunnies!