|Enid Blyton's most notorious book. Not racist at all
say her defenders, just good old fashioned fun.
I'm not sure if this was written before or after Lord of the Flies but as any educator will tell you, children are often far more tyranical and cruel to their fellows than their teachers. But poor little brainwashed Elizabeth accepts and loves this inverted system with its kangaroo courts and summary justice. She feels sorry for the common children who don't get the privilege of being sent away to such a wonderful place as Whyteleafe.
In a way the Harry Potter stories are simply a modern update of this rather vulgar idea. That is, the idea of the special child, separated from the dull, common herd and sent away from their parents to a place where they will face trials and tribulations but will ultimately come out steely and strong and ready to rule