First published in 1956 by Chambers in a single volume with The Chalet School Fete. Illustrated by Dorothy Brook. Reprinted in 1961 and 1962. First published in a revised paperback edition in September 1969 by Armada. Reprinted in 1975, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1986 and 1990. Illustrated by Gwyneth Jones (1986 and 1990).
There are just two important things in Nina Rutherford's life: her
father - and music. She has never been to school and never wants to.
She is sure no school would let her play the piano for four hours a
Then her father is drowned in Italy and Nina, lonely and miserable, is horrified to learn that her guardian wants her to go to school, just like any ordinary girl. But Nina isn't ordinary, she has genius, so it's fortunate for her that he decides to send her to the famous Chalet School, high in the Swiss Alps. And it's here that Nina learns there are others things in life just as important as music - such as friendship... - September 1969 & 1975 Armada
1975: U.K. 30p
"There's no need for me to go to school!" exclaimed Nina Rutherford. "I
don't want to waste my time learning algebra and geometry. I'm going
to be a concert pianist!"|
But Nina's guardian is determined that she must have a proper education and she is soon enrolled at the Chalet School. To her surprise, Nina finds understanding and encouragement for her undoubted talent and learns that school can be lots of fun - until the day of her dreadful accident... - 1986 & 1990 Armada
1986: UK £1.75
1990: U.K. £2.50 Australia $5.95 N.Z. $7.95 Canada $4.95