Happy Labour Day! The last long weekend of the summer; Labour Day will always mean back to school (and back to more serious pursuits) with me. I mean, some of the school boards around here decided to go back to school earlier this year because Labour Day was so late, but Labour Day really DOES mean that school’s starting again. I always love this time of the year – while not in school anymore, I still love the thought of fresh, new supplies. Binders with fresh paper in them. Notebooks that have never been written in. Sharpening brand new pencils. It’s so, so thrilling!! (Okay, I’m done geeking about school and office supplies.)
Anyway, in honour of Labour Day, here are some AWESOME books that take place in a school setting:
- The Murder of Bindy MacKenzie by Jaclyn Moriarty. Originally Published 2006. LOVED this book – have gone back and reread it a few times, and it’s as good each time as it was the first. Love the dynamics of the students, and it shows how clique-y school can be, yet how these students in different cliques aren’t as different as they think. Plus, possible murder plots!
- Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth by J.V. Hart. Originally Published 2005. Captain Hook at Eton College before becoming Captain Hook? Yes please! Shows how school and personal life shaped him to be the Captain Hook that we all love to hate.
- Avalon High by Meg Cabot. Originally Published 2005. One of the few times I’ve really LOVED a Meg Cabot book – perhaps because it’s got Arthurian legend in it. The major characters from Arthurian legend are reincarnated to be high school students – what fun!
- The Mealworm Diaries by Anna Kerz. Originally Published 2009. Brilliant book. One of the main characters has some learning disabilities, and it’s awesome to see how the author handles that. The way the rest of the kids interact with him seems very realistic, and it’s a totally touching story.
- Jolted by Arthur Slade. Originally Published 2008. *cough* Best Canadian YA Book Ever. Boarding school in a castle on the Canadian prairies. Kilts. Pet Pigs. “The Brilliad.” READ IT. ’nuff said.
- Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori. First Volume Published 2003. Yeah, I don’t normally put manga on my lists, but this one is one of my favourites so it HAS to be included. School clubs! A girl pretending to be a boy to pay back a debt to the Host Club! Hilariousness ensues! Lots of antics and shenanigans!
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. First book in the series published 1997. As if I could leave this off the list. Quite potentially the best school ever.
- My Teacher is an Alien by Bruce Coville. Originally Published 1989. An alien is posing as a teacher and quite possibly planning world domination. Awesomeness. First in a series. Loved as a kid.
- This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall by Gordon Korman. Originally Published 1973. Apparently this got updated and republished in 2003, but it’s the older version that I had fallen in love with. Troublemakers in a boarding school that play pranks on people. First in a series. Apparently was written when the author was twelve. TWELVE.
- Emily Climbs by L.M. Montgomery. Originally Published 1925. Second in the Emily trilogy. Emily attends Shrewsbury High School with friends. Except it means that she needs to board with Aunt Ruth, who doesn’t always see eye to eye with Emily. Emily has also promised that she will give up writing fiction while she is at high school – a big deal for Emily who survives on writing.
What are your favourite school books?