Claudine is a headstrong, clever and extremely mischievous
schoolgirl. Along with her friends the gangly Anaïs, the cheerful Marie and the prim Joubert twins, Claudine wreaks havoc on her small school. Always clever, witty and charming Claudine is more than a match for her formidable headmistress as they fight for the attention of the pretty assistant Aimée.
The horrors of examinations and good-humoured bullying are
the backdrops in this immensely funny and delightful novel with which Colette established the captivating character of Claudine. Through the games, the fun and the intricacies of school life Claudine emerges as a true original; lyrical and intelligent she is one of the twentieth century's most beguiling emancipated women.