School starts today in our district (for the little kids; the high school my boys attend started a week ago, which is evil). So I was thinking about a list of the best books about school. Or at least a list of books I like which are all or in part about school.
A lot of kids' books of course center around life at school. But as a kid I had a particularly soft spot for books about boarding school. Probably a kind of horrified fascination, since I couldn't imagine being sent away from home that way! (As a parent, despite sundry temptations to leave the boys on the side of the road somewhere, I still can't imagine boarding school as a realistic option).
Of course, the ultimate boarding school story is Harry Potter. But I'm reaching back to some others I loved.
Starting way back:
I can't find a match for the cover of my copy, which was given to my grandmother for Christmas in 1910.
This one is if anything even more outdated, and not precisely boarding school, but a huge childhood favorite of mine:
Madeleine L'Engle wrote some stories of truly miserable boarding schools:
And school features largely in such other favorites as Little Town on the Prairie, and even A Wizard of Earthsea.
And, because this is my blog and I can, I will say that
and are actually school stories in many ways.