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  • Class

  • Welcome to the Little School by the Sea
  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Series: Maggie Adair, Book 1
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (130 ratings)

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Summary

Maggie went to the window and opened it wide, inhaling the lovely, ozoney air off the sea. Why had she never lived by the sea before? Why had she always looked out on housing estates and not the little white hulls of trawlers bobbing off in the distance?

It's gloriously sunny in Cornwall as the school year starts at the little boarding school by the sea. Maggie, the newest teacher at Downey House, is determined to make her mark - but will it be at the expense of her relationship with safe, dependable Stan?

Simone has won a scholarship and wants to make her parents proud. Forced to share a room with the glossy, pretty, clever girls of Downey House, she needs to find a friend, fast.

Fliss is furious at being sent away from her home. As Simone tries desperately to fit in, Fliss tries desperately to get out.

Over the course of one year, friendships will bloom and lives will be changed forever.

©2008 Jane Beaton (P)2011 Hachette Digital

Critic reviews

"A brilliant boarding school audiobook, stuffed full of unforgettable characters, thrilling adventures and angst...." (Lisa Jewell)
"Funny and addictive...just like Malory Towers for grown-ups." (Sophie Kinsella)

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Brilliant story

Really enjoyed this book. Looking forward to the sequel! Jenny Colgan is a fantastic author.

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Disappointed

I had read the reviews and knew it wouldn’t be as good as the other series but it was so strange. I didn’t care about the characters. Nothing was brought to a conclusion and throughout the whole book we focus on a school girls weight which was completely pointless. I won’t be reading the second book.

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Great entertainment

Wonderfully entertaining . Nice story well written and beautifully read. Gentle run through school days and confused love .

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narrator lets it down

Unfortunately the narrator spoke so fast I had to permanently have the speed down to be able to catch what she was saying. Despite this I quite enjoyed the book as a bit of night-time meandering that didn't tax me too much

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Story OK

I found the narrators voice annoying and didn't like her voices. Elements of story wrong.

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Great read

All characters well described & easy to identify with, really disappointing ending. Love Jilly Bonds narration as usual. Could almost choose books by narrator.

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Loved it!

Very well read, well told all round Summer holiday read. Couldn't stop listening. Loved the setting and characters.

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Great Story!

Really enjoyed listening. I didn’t find myself predicting every part of the story but just enjoyed each direction it took. The narration is very easy on the ear - I’m a bit picky but Jilly Bond did it very well.
An enjoyable listen.

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Small adventures, exploring different meanings of the word class

The story is quite good with lots of attention to petty details, where small conflicts and dramas, between likeable characters, take centre stage. The thread of teacher Maggie's storyline, seems a little unresolved at the end, maybe this is resolved in the sequel. Maggie and her pupils despite their different ages, were all equally as engaging to listen to, as characters.

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Great book

Loved how this book changed perspectives throughout the story, looking at the different students and teachers in the school.