This list focuses on children’s and YA novels; I could do a whole different list of books set in colleges and universities, or of adult memoirs of childhood, and maybe I will soon.
With those exclusions in mind, here are my picks. What would yours be?
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Maida’s Little School by Inez Haynes Irwin
There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom by Louis Sachar
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones
Sabriel by Garth Nix
Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey
Heaven To Betsy by Maud Hart Lovelace
Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery