Books About School

The autumn means back-to-school (or the resumption of homeschooling) for many families. These books highlight school life from bygone days, including boarding school life, teaching in a one-room schoolhouse, and attending a women's college.

 

Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer

The first day of school can be nerve-wracking, especially if it happens to be your first time going to boarding school as it is for Charlotte Makepeace. What makes Charlotte's first day really terrifying, though, is the fact that she wakes up to find herself at school during the first World War and everyone seems to think she's someone called Clare Mobley. Charlotte soon discovers that she and Clare have switched places, and she embarks on a dizzying school year never knowing when or as whom she will wake up. That means Charlotte has two sets of classes to keep up with and two sets of family and friends to juggle! This is an excellent and thought-provoking time travel tale that will certainly appeal to fantasy fans and history buffs. Recommended for upper middle-grade readers ages 11-14.

 

 
Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery

The sequel to L. M. Montgomery's beloved Anne of Green Gables finds heroine Anne Shirley in her late teens starting her first job as a teacher at the Avonlea school. Anne must learn to cope quickly with the demands of being a teacher, but soon discovers the rewards to be had from the job as she bonds with her new pupils. Fans of the first book featuring Anne will find just as much to love in this sequel, but new readers shouldn't have any trouble getting into the story. The book is in the public domain and can be read online for free at Project Gutenberg. Recommended for upper middle-graders ages 11-14 and young adults ages 14+.

 

 

Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster

Orphan Jerusha "Judy" Abbott never dreamed that she would be able to attend college, but when a mysterious benefactor offers to pay her tuition and provide her with an allowance she jumps at the chance. The only condition for Judy's scholarship is that she must write her benefactor a monthly letter updating him on her progress. These letters chronicling Judy's intellectual and social growth form the text of the book. Daddy-Long-Legs is in the public domain and available to read for free at Project Gutenberg. Recommended for upper middle grade readers ages 11-14 and young adult adult readers ages 14+.