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What Katy Did Next (Wordsworth Collection) Paperback – 1995

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd (1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853261505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853261503
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 100 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
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Those who remember Katy as a tomboy who always tore her frock and ran holes in her hose will be pleasantly surprised when they see how she turned out. Yes, she did mature greatly at the end of the first book, "What Katy Did", but the second book shows her as such a ladylike young woman that it will seem like she never ran around wildly as a child.
Katy and Clover go to boarding school where they make friends and have all sorts of adventures that only boarding school girls can have. (It is an episodic novel.) There are lots of funny stories about how school rules get broken and what it's like to live on the same floor as a strict teacher. A whole chapter is devoted to a wonderful game called "WORD AND QUESTION". It is my favorite chapter of the book, since it is full of funny poems and funny situations. (Word and Question is also one of my favorite games to play.) Another chapter is all about the S.S.U.C., a club of which Katy is president. The acrostic unbelievably stands for "Society for Suppression of Unladylike Conduct"--for Katy, Clover and all the members are determined to be as ladylike and proper as possible.
Some people despair that Katy, who was such a wonderful tomboy, finally lost herself. They say that the book influences little girls who are like Katy to be someone they are not. Personally, I think that "What Katy Did at School" is not about a girl being something she is not. In fact, Katy is extremely self-possessed. I believe that the books "What Katy Did" and "What Katy Did in School", when taken together, teach little girls that it is okay to be wild and free--but it is also okay to be ladylike. Anyone who says that Katy stopped having fun in this book has never read it, was never really a girl, or just has a personal bias against boarding schools.
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This time, Katy is not staying at her beloved home in the countryside like she does while staying sick in the first book, "What Katy Did", but instead, she goes to a boarding school in East Coast with her sister Clover. This happens when Cousin Olivia (or Mrs. Page. She is Katy's cousin) says that Katy is solemn and does not "bubble over" like Cousin Olivia's daughter, Lilly, and she tells Katy's father about this untrue judgement. Her father, worried, sends Katy and Clover away to a boarding school on the East Coast.
Dr. Carr (Katy's father) and the two very sad sisters, go off together to the train which would take them to Hillsover, the name of the boarding school. At the train, Katy, Clover, and Dr. Carr meets Mr. and Mrs. Page and the "bubbly" Lilly. Lilly is very snobbish and spoiled but the two Carr sisters listens to Lilly's opinion about Hillsover, and they decide that they half like and half dislike it.
After some time of traveling, Katy, Clover, Lilly, and Dr. Carr reach Hillsover. Katy and Clover are allowed to spend one night with Dr. Carr in another Hotel and after they meet a very strange but interesting girl called Rosy Red, they start thinking that Hillsover will be pretty interesting after all. But they are horrified that they have to share a washroom with other girls and Dr. Carr, noting this, buys a washroom for them, very much relieving the sisters' terror. They meet all the girls and starts getting used to the flow of Hillsover. All the girls dislike Miss Jane, a missionary's apprentice, who has a verry sharp tongue and makes many strict rules, and another teacher, Miss Nipson, who does not have a good judgement over the girls. But the students are very respectful and rather afraid of another teacher, named Miss Florence.
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Format: Paperback
This quaint story about a large family of motherless children is something of a sleeper; one suspects that the author was sharing her own childhood memories. Perhaps the events depicted are too naive--the pleasures too simple--to appeal to modern girls used to teenage lingo and fast-paced action. It is confusing to sort out the many Carr children (whose names do not always indicate their gender). For Katy grew up in a kinder, gentler era, when people respected the role of the Family.
Katy is the eldest of Dr. Carr's children: headstrong, reckless, with a vivid imagination, who dreams of becoming an author someday. Despite her private goal of becoming ladylike and graceful, her temper and lingering tomboyhood result in one devastating tumble from a forbidden swing. She lacks the patience and prudence to behave as her ideal young woman, but how can she realize this goal as an invalid? Katy is tormented by both physical and emotional pain as a consequence of her selfishness and abrupt behavior. During her prolonged recovery, Katy must learn some difficult lessons in the school of Life, from two very different "teachers." Every person should be so blessed as to have a Cousin Helen, who has learned the secret of validating Others.
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The Carrs have always been my family friends, so to speak... I recently re-read this book, having loved it as a pre-teen, and I found out that it was still able to make me laugh and cry. The plot follows the growth of young Katy, focusing on her unfortunate accident and the consequences it has on her and her family.
Naturally, a part of my strongly positive reaction was nostalgia, but nevertheless this is a beautifully written story, both moving and humorous, full of imaginative magic and the cosy warmth of a loving home at the same time. The characters are lovable and memorable - is there a girl who couldn't identify herself with the clumsy, unfortunate Katy or admire the saint-like, yet fully human cousin Helen?
At the risk of sounding like a walking cliche, I must say that they just don't write books like this any longer: clean, wholesome and still totally satisfying and entertaining. But even if the whole world ran after the latest shock values, I would always be coming back to books like these - books for a girl who loves to read.
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