With the new term now fully underway, here are Scoop's school-set book recommendations to help readers ease themselves back into the swing of things, from favourite old classics, to contemporary comedies.
Boarding schools always feature high in any round-up of fictional schools, with Hogwarts – naturally – usually topping the list. Then there’s Enid Blyton’s perennially popular Malory Towers and St Clare’s. Oh, and we can’t forget Elinor Brent-Dyer’s alpine-set Chalet School, and Anne Digby’s recently re-released Trebizon.
Pamela Butchart’s rollickingly comical Wigglesbottom Primary series comes hugely recommended for those who are beginning to read independently. Each book features three separate stories – ideal for devouring in manageable bite-size chunks – with hilarious illustrations by Becka Moor. Multi-award-winning Pamela truly understands what makes her readers tick and gets to the humorous heart of primary school life.
For a more magical educational experience, readers will surely want to enrol in Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, as featured in Jill Murphy’s Worst Witch books. Within the walls of this spellbinding school, would-be witch Mildred Hubble tries her hardest to get to grips with all the tasks she’s set, but sometimes (well, most of the time, to be honest) matters go somewhat awry. The stories are full of charm, cheer and atmosphere, and Mildred is a dearly adorable character.
You Can’t Make Me Go to Witch School! is the first book in a fun new series by debut author Em Lynas. Daisy Wart, an aspiring young actress with lofty ambitions, is extremely angry when her granny leaves her at Toadspit Towers School for Witches but, little by little, Daisy finds herself falling under its spell.
While best known for his multi-award-winning novel Holes, Louise Sachar also authored the rather wonderful Wayside School series. The cast of larger-than-life characters and crazy, comic capers are incredibly entertaining, and valuable life lessons are imparted with a lovely lightness of touch.