Best back-to-school books

Happy Tuesday Savvy Readers! Are the end of summer and the start of the school season blues getting you down? Never fear, because I’ve put together a list of books guaranteed to beat the back-to-school blues! Whether you’re a student, teacher, or parent, back-to-school is an exciting time of year and the perfect time to get lost in a new book.


Educated by Tara Westover

Okay, I’m sure you’ve seen this one before, but it would be a crime not to include such an amazing book about the power of education on a back-to-school book list! Educated by Tara Westover is possibly one of the most incredible memoirs I’ve ever read and I refuse to stop talking about it. From rural Idaho, growing up Tara’s education consisted of scavenging in her family’s scrapyard and concocting herbal remedies for all manner of ailments. In fact, it wasn’t until she was seventeen that she first set foot in a classroom. Now a Cambridge graduate and Ph.D., Tara’s memoir is a testament to the power of education and proof that it’s never too late to learn.


The Finishing School by Joanna Goodman

A suspenseful and provocative novel, in The Finishing School, Kersti returns to her elite boarding school twenty years after the death of her best friend Cressida. Determined to uncover the truth surrounding Cressida’s suspicious death and the underground club she was involved with, Kersti soon finds herself probing decades-old secrets at the heart of the prestigious institution and raising the stakes dangerously high.


The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe

Devastatingly funny and realistic, Ben Philippe’s Field Guide to the North American Teenager follows Norris Kaplan, a Black French Canadian who moves to Austin, Texas. Plunked into a new high school and the oppressive Texas heat, Norris is clever, witty, and just a little too smart for his own good. The perfect back-to-school book for anyone familiar with the “new kid” experience, Norris’ story is a heartwarming tale about the joys and humiliations of the American high school experience.


Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams

It may be a romcom, but Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams might just be the perfect book to enjoy during your back-to-school bus ride. If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to strike up a conversation or fall in love with one of your bus buddies, then this is the book for you! Set on public transit and featuring an endearing will-they-won’t-they romance, Our Stop is all about true love and the power of the written word.


The New Girl by Daniel Silva

From summer’s hottest thriller to September’s, The New Girl by Daniel Silva is the perfect back-to-school book. Arriving at an exclusive Swiss private school, the new girl in town has everyone talking. Rumoured to be the daughter of an incredibly wealthy businessman, in truth she is the daughter of Khalid bin Mohammed, the much-maligned crown prince of Saudi Arabia. But when her father’s politics put her in the crosshairs of a secret war for control of the Middle East the real drama and danger begin.


Smoke by Dan Vyleta

England, a century ago. An elite boarding school where the sons of the wealthy are groomed to take power as their birthright. Teachers with mysterious ties to warring political factions at the highest level of government. Three young people who learn everything they’ve been taught is a lie – knowledge that could cost them their lives. Smoke is a tale of Dickensian intricacy and rich suspense you won’t want to put down.


The World’s Worst Teachers by David Walliams

Okay, here me out. It might be a children’s book, but The World’s Worst Teachers by David Walliams is one back-to-school book adults and kids alike can enjoy. Filled with gruesome grown-ups and illustrated by Tony Ross, if you thought your teachers were bad, wait until you meet this lot! Perfect for kids nervous about starting the school season and featuring ten hilarious tales, this book will keep you laughing from cover to cover.

So Savvy Readers, which of these back-to-school books caught your eye, and what other books should we add to our list? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader.

Happy reading!

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