by M. E. Kerr
Our story follows the sophomore year of Flanders Brown at Charles School. Charles is a private (Episcopalian) school in Virginia. Flanders Dunbar Brown is the daughter of very unconventional parents, and she is also the narrator of our story.
Flanders is new to Charles. Luckily, she meets the wise (and wise-cracking) Carolyn Cardmaker on the train to Charles. Cardmaker shows Flanders the ropes at Charles: gives her the lowdown on students and teachers, sets her up with a date for the dance, and befriends Flanders when she needs someone the most.
Teachers, students, religions, and one’s personal/private beliefs are all examined in this strangely serious novel for young adults.