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Saturday, September 8, 2012

7 Back to School Books

There's something lovely about books that take place in schools. (Okay, I am a teacher...school is my life. I live, breathe, and eat it most of the time)

Anyway, in honor of the release of THE SEVEN TALE OF TRINKET (which does not take place in a school--I need to get out sometimes :), I am highlighting seven "schoolish" books.  (Part of my 7 posts with 7 things each series.)

So, going from picture-book to chapter-book to novel, here are some great stories to start your school year with:

Being the parent of a "Wemberly", I loved this book!  Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes is THE  I-fear-going-to-school-because-I-fear-lots-of-things book.

Captain Underpants=the best principal EVER!!  Except when he's not saving the world and actually being kind of a jerk...

Ah, Wayside School!  You had me when Louis ate that apple off of Mrs. Gorf's desk....(If you've read this, you know what I mean!!)  This book is great for kids moving from chapterbooks into novels.

This book is brand new!  Look at the title written in spooky tree branches!  The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy is sure to be a favorite among kids who like a little mystery with their education.

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls is also brand new!  Oh, give me a good boarding school story any day!  Love the old-fashioned creepiness of the cover. ...something is not right here....

Did someone say creepy?  Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children is classically creepy.

And my favorite school of all...Hogwarts.  I love Hogwarts, with its house points, quiddich, pumpkin juice and the like.

As I type this up, I realize that one of the things I like best about books that take place in a school setting isn't only the school part, it's the friendships that the characters have.  George and Harold. Ron, Harry and Hermoine.  The entire class in Wayside School...

School + Friendship + Danger (real or feared) = awesome!!

What are some of your favorite schoolish books?


hrh

4 comments:

Joanne Fritz said...

I love OWEN by Kevin Henkes, even though Owen doesn't solve his problem (his mother does!).

Also THE BEST SCHOOL YEAR EVER by Barbara Robinson. Those Herdmans are hilarious!

Christina Lee said...

Oooh Oh you are helping me with books for my 8 y.o. (including Trinket of course)--i forgot about Wayside from my teaching days! THANKS!

SA Larsenッ said...

My kiddos were always such fans of Captain Underpants!

Lydia Kang said...

Ooh, I'd totally love to read the Cavendish one and the Sinister sweetness one. My TBR list grows!