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Changing Places

  • Changing Places–  Bunty:  #1806 (22 August 1992) – #1820 (28 November 1992)
  • Reprinted: Bunty #2210 (20 May 2000) – #2224 (26 August 2000)

Plot

Lady Anne Bannerman meets Anne Brown on the train to her new boarding school. The two hit it off so when Brown suggests that for a laugh they could switch places for a little bit as they have similar names Bannerman agrees. Soon Bannerman isn’t happy when she hears Brown getting people to call her Lady Anne. She confronts Brown telling her its time to reveal the truth but Brown is not going to switch back as she knows Bannerman’s secret.  Anne’s brother was fired on accusations of being a thief and her family paid off employees to keep it hidden. So Bannerman is blackmailed into keeping quiet.

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Not only does Brown use the Lady title to her benefit, she also makes Bannermans life difficult, she makes her give her all her money, copies her work and she doesn’t want her having any friends. She isn’t happy when Bannerman becomes friendly with scholarship girl Eileen. She forces Bannerman to blow her off. Of course all the girls think Bannerman is a snob trying to stay close with a “Lady”.   Other than two girls Lucille and Myrna, everyone is fed up of “Lady Anne’s” boasting

Other than dealing with Brown’s nastiness, Bannerman has to figure out  how to stop people finding out the truth when problems arise. Such as when her Great-Aunt decides to visit, she has to meet her outside the school, or when Anne Brown’s parents visit and she has to hide in the bushes until Brown comes back. Another close encounter is on a school trip when Bannerman runs into old classmates. She introduces them to Anne Brown so when classmates see Brown waving them off as well as Bannerman they just think Bannerman is sucking up except for Eileen who is suspicious. She is not ready to give up on Bannerman as she finds her quite the different person on the hockey field and thinks there is something up with Brown and Bannermans friendship. Brown decides Eileen is getting too close and frames her for stealing a bracelet so she gets suspended.

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Even when Bannerman gets a chance to go home she doesn’t get a break as Brown forces her to invite her along. Although her parents aren’t fooled by Brown’s compliments and wonder why their Anne is friends with her. Things get worse for Bannerman as she is sent to coventry . Meanwhile Brown isn’t happy when during a charity run Lucille and Myrna tells a photographer from the local newspaper that Brown is a lady. Bannerman tells her not to worry nobody will know her locally. It seems she’s wrong as a friend of Jamie, her brother sees the paper and sends a clipping to him. Jamie arrives in time to overhear Brown trying to blackmail his sister into stealing things.  They’ve attracted a crowd from the school so Brown spitefully tells them that Jamie is a thief, but he corrects her as he was cleared of all charges that morning. Brown is expelled and Anne is able to tell the head about Eileen being set up and let’s Lucille and Myrna she isn’t interested and having people like them as friends.

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Thoughts

A common trope of a girl being blackmailed in order to protect their family,   The Honourable S.J., Sandra’s Sad Secret, Be Nice to Nancy and others follow this theme. There are a few differences in this story though. Anne Brown is similar to S.J. in personality but she is not a wealthy person using her influential powers to get her on way and take advantage of those with less than her. Instead it is the person with money, Anne Bannerman that is trying to protect her family. Another difference is that they’ve switched identities so not only does Bannerman have to do what Brown says she can’t even be herself. Being tricked into being someone else has appeared elsewhere often more in a historical context such as The Imposter. Still a combination of things make this story work well even if it’s not doing a lot of new things.

Obviously Brown hasn’t thought of a long term plan or problems that arise from being someone else. In one instance a teacher finds their work is copied off each other, Brown tells Bannerman she can take the blame, but she points out that will go on Brown’s report card. So Bannerman is able to come on up on top in that instance. Bannerman does try to look out for other pupils such as when flowers are going to be presented to a duchess, she lies to Brown saying she knows her and that Brown will have to hide while a young pupil gets to give the flowers to her instead.

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Bannerman’s parents seem like nice people so it’s surprising that Anne didn’t confide in them but considering how they handled Jamie’s accusations maybe they wouldn’t have been the best! I can understand they felt they were helping covering up for Jamie and didn’t want to risk the family reputation but it made him look guilty and like they didn’t trust him.

It’s quite lengthy at 15 episodes, and can be formulaic in that a situation comes up where the girl’s true identity may be discovered, Bannerman is reminded of her family problems and Brown gets money/work from Bannerman. But it’s nicely done, the art is good, everyone having distinct looks and it is well paced.

Botany Belle

Plot:

The scheming governess Miss Fallon switches Lady Merrilee Manners, the ward of Sir Anthony Manners and heiress to Roxham Hall, with Belle Thorn, a thief. As a result, Lady Merrilee gets five years in Botany Bay for theft while Miss Fallon passes off Belle as Merrilee.

Notes:

Appeared:

  • Botany Belle –  Bunty: #1554 (24  October 1987) – #1565 (09 January 1988).

Ragamuffin Queen

Plot:

Nina a twelve year old urchin who spent her time poaching in the royal forest of Marvonia, was now the most important person in the kingdom. The young child-queen, Marion, who was the image of Nina, had been abducted and in order to prevent a revolution, the Prime Minister had asked Nina to take the queen’s place  and undergo a thorough grooming.  Though reluctant, Nina agreed to help her country.

Ragamuffin Queen

Notes:

Appeared:

  • Ragamuffin Queen  –  Bunty: #458 (22 October 1966) – #471 (21 January 1967)
  • Reprinted – Bunty: #1104 (10 March 1979) – #1117 (09 June 1979)

 

Queen For a Month

Plot:

The timid Princess Zonia was to become Queen of Mervania in a month. Her guardian, Duchess Tania, knew Zonia lacked the confidence to fulfil the strenuous programme which lay ahead of the coronation. However Tania gets an idea when she meets Shirley Fitzpatrick, an English circus girl with a sparkling personality and an exact double for Zonia. She asks Shirley to stand in for the princess until the coronation.

Queen For A Month

Notes:

Appeared:

  • Queen For A Month –  Bunty:   #67 (25 April 1959) – #94 (31 October 1959)

 

The Spell on Aunt Nell – and me as well! / My Weird Woolly!

Plot

Katie Bell and her Aunt Nell help out a gipsy woman, who tells them as a reward she can grant them one wish but it must be the same thing and they have to wish for it at the same time. Neither of them believe in spells but later in the evening they wish for each others lives during an argument. So this means boisterous Katie and prim Aunt Nell end up switching places at times.

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Katie Bell returns in more weird adventures when she gets a Woolly (a jacket) that gets supercharged with static making it magnetic. Sometimes she can work this to her advantage but not always!

Notes

Appeared

  • The Spell on Aunt Nell – and me as well! – Tracy: #1 (6 October 1979) – #10 (8 December 1979)
  • My Weird Woolly! – Tracy: #12 (26 January 1980) – #20 (16 February 1980)

Tammy Smart’s Schooldays

Plot

When Tammy Smart’s father has an accident, her brother Trevor considers helping out at  his car repair workshop until he recovers. But this would mean he would lose his scholarship at Merton Hall where is due to start. Tammy as his twin comes up with the idea to take Trevor’s place at school.

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Notes

  • Artist: Wilf Street

Appeared

  • Tammy Smart’s Schooldays – Tracy: #1 (6 October 1979) – #15 (12 January 1980) [no episodes in issues; #07, #09 and #13]