Hello Reading Force families! I’m Emma, I’m a Pad Brat and I will be writing a regular blog about reading and Forces life.
I was relatively lucky, I only went to three primary schools, one secondary school and one college. Friends of mine have been to fifteen!
As an adult I’ve worked in lots of schools running writing and drama workshops and worked as a school librarian and I’m grateful to the resilience that my Forces life gave me – I’m sure every Forces child knows the experience of moving to a new school and the challenges we face, but many do not realise the character building this gives us. It may not seem it when you’re younger, but as an adult all those times of being ‘the new kid’ will be of great benefit as you are able to talk to anyone and everyone having been so used to being thrown into the unknown.
With that in mind, here’s a list of my favourite books about school to help you adjust, to distract you when you’re feeling nervous, or just for the pleasure of reading if you just like school stories:
The Naughtiest Girl in School
by Enid Blyton
A classic Blyton tale best shared with nostalgic parents and their naughty children! Despite a girl (Elizabeth Allen) being the main character, this book is suitable for boys and girls alike, as Elizabeth causes mischief and havoc in an aim to get expelled from school.
Horrid Henry’s Stinkbomb
by Francesca Simon
A modern naughty child now, the Horrid Henry books are tons of fun and this school-based story is no exception as Henry turns to stinkbombs to win a competition.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
by JK Rowling
A twist on the school story: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is full of adventure and intrigue as the main character, Harry Potter, goes from living in a cupboard under the stairs, to living at a boarding school with his best friends, Hermione and Ron, fighting against He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Compare it with the film and choose which you like best.
The Worst Witch
by Jill Murphy
Before Harry Potter enrolled at Hogwarts another school of magic existed: Miss Cackle’s Academy. Mildred Hubble tries her best but always seems to get things wrong! A lively and interesting tale best read before bed to give magical dreams.
Read it now before the Netflix/CBBC series starts.
by C J Daugherty
Based around the idea of real-life British politicians who attended the same university, Daugherty’s book is filled with mystery, intrigue and excitement about a boarding school with a secret society of elite students – just like every school, right?
That’s all for now!