|Thanks to the hair thread...|
|Camp Fire and Guides feature strongly not just in the Abbey Books but many of EJO's other books.|
|Another EJO and EBD similarity is that EJO wrote books set in English schools established in Switzerland for the children of TB patients at a nearby Sanitorium.|
|The main difference seems to me that EBD chose to focus on the school, and thus has a much wider set of characters. The original characters (apart from Joey) fade into the background. EJO chose to stay with her pet characters, and focus on them, their friends and their children, with the school in the background.|
EBD's cast of characters might be wider in numbers, but is much narrower in other ways - all girls, typically all of school age, mostly from similar backgrounds. EJO often has a very wide age in her books - from small children, through teenagers and to adults of all ages - there are prominent male characters, her girls have boy friends as well as girl friends, and there are characters from all kinds of backgrounds (although admittedly the focus is more on the super rich towards the end of the Abbey series).
School is just one of a dozen or more interests for the Abbey girls - it's the main focus of the Chalet girls.
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