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Friday, 25 October 2013

Children's Week: Book List: Favourites School Stories From My Bookshelf by Pippa

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Favourites from my bookshelf by Pippa, 11, WA

Are you interested in school-themed books? Want some good reads for yourself or a present for someone else? Here are some great reads straight from my bookshelf.

The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (7 books)

A very popular series of books about a boy who finds he is a wizard and sets off to wizarding school. He finds out about his dark past, battles with Voldemort (a dark wizard who wishes to kill him) and makes friends. This book is good for children ages 10-16 (and adults!)

The Alice-Miranda series by Jacqueline Harvey (8 books and counting!)

Alice-Miranda is a girl seven and one quarter years of age who is very keen to start boarding school. She makes lots of new friends, solves mysteries and loves to put things right. This book is good for children ages 6-12.

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda is a precocious young girl whose parents couldn't care less about her. However, as she starts school she befriends her teacher, Miss Honey, and starts to develop a special power that will save her teacher and the school from the headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. This book is good for children ages 6-12.
The Malory Towers series by Enid Blyton (6 books) 

This series, written in the 1940s, is about a girl named Darrell who is about to start boarding school. Join her as she makes new friends, studies and has fun at Malory Towers. This book is good for children ages 8-14.

The Tom Gates series by Liz Pichon (6 books and counting)

Tom Gates hates school, but loves his band Dogzombies, caramel wafers and annoying his older sister Delia. Learn Banana Doodles and Toast Doodles at the back of the book, and enjoy the pictures in his books. This book is good for children ages 9-13.

Pippa has been reviewing books and writing for Alphabet Soup since 2008. She loves to play viola, read books and write poems and stories. She reads all kinds of books, but school stories are her favourites.


  1. Thanks for this great book list, Pippa. You have included a really good selection of school stories. Anne of Green Gables books have lots of school scenes as well and I remember reading The Naughtiest Girl in School when I was younger.

  2. I love this list, Pippa! Thanks so much for sharing. I have to say these books are on my kids' shelves, too! Great choices.


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