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Review:slightly odd kat says:
1 we don't have prep schools in the UK
2 private schools are the reserve of the wealthy, normal kids like me go to the local comprehensive
3 The local comp is not looked down upon by anyone, except snobs (a more hated group of people you would be hard pushed to find)
4 If there was a grammar school system in the area, he would take the 11+ exam and if he passed highly enough, he would get a place at the local grammar, but areas like that are few and far between
5 Applications for high school have to be in by 30th January (I think) the academic year a child turns 11. You get three choices, 1st 2nd and 3rd, and are offered a place at 1 school. A student's wealth is not considered and almost all children go to a state school. This is completely free for parents, and free bus transport & school meals are provided for poorer students.
6 parents,unless they are upper-middle class, (we still have a class system very firmly in place although certain groups of people try to deny this) are not concerned about paying for school.
7 school holidays in the summer are from the middle of July to the start of September (6 weeks)
8 Summer very frequently is cold, wet and miserable. We get about 3 warm, sunny days a year. If you are lucky.
Please change the things I have pointed out, they are very annoying.

Author's Response: Thanks for the insight into UK schools! Having never been to England, I'm bound to get stuff wrong. However, the Second Edition is now complete, and I'm moving on to other stories. I'll try to keep this in mind, however, in my later books.

I am a product of American public schools, and my wife is now a teacher. The comments made by Liam's father about the local schools is an expression of anti-public school snobbery I've heard many times over the years here in the States.


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