17 Memorable Schoolchildren (8-11)

Students who made a splash

It's a new school year, and you have two choices: keep your head down and just get through it, or go in with a bang. The characters in these fine books chose the latter route, and their schools, teachers and classmates will never be the same again.

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery

2. Anne of Green Gables

L. M. Montgomery
Matilda cover

4. Matilda

Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illus)
Wonder cover

5. Wonder

R J Palacio
Captain Firebeard cover

7. Captain Firebeard's School for Pirates

Chae Strathie, Anna Chernyshova (Illus)
El Deafo cover

11. El Deafo

Cece Bell
Secret Coders cover

12. Secret Coders

Gene Luen Yang, Mike Holmes (Illus)
Kid Normal cover

17. Kid Normal

Greg James, Chris Smith, Erica Salcedo (Illus)

List created by

Brianne Moore

Brianne is a website editor with Scottish Book Trust

Tags: school, 8-11