school story

fiction genre centering on older pre-adolescent and adolescent school life

The school story is a fiction genre centring on older pre-adolescent and adolescent school life, at its most popular in the first half of the twentieth century. While examples do exist in other countries, it is most commonly set in English boarding schools and mostly written in girls' and boys' subgenres, reflecting the single-sex education typical until the 1950s. It focuses largely on friendship, honour and loyalty between pupils. Plots involving sports events, bullies, secrets, rivalry and bravery are often used to shape the school story. The popularity of the traditional school story declined after the Second World War, but school stories have remained popular in other forms, with a focus on state run coeducational schools, and themes involving more modern concerns such as racial issues, family life, sexuality and drugs (see Grange Hill). More recently it has seen a revival with the success of the Harry Potter series, which uses many plot motifs commonly found in the traditional school story.
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genre: school story

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The Sixth Form at St. Clare's

book by Enid Blyton

author: Enyd Blyton

2000

The Crimson Sweater

A school story. Book 1 of the Harry (Harriet Emory) series

author: Ralph Henry Barbour
illustrator: Charles M. Relyea

1906

Harry's Island

A school story. Book 3 of the Harry (Harriet Emory) series

author: Ralph Henry Barbour
illustrator: Charles M. Relyea

1908

Fathers of Men

1912 novel by E. W. Hornung

author: Ernest William Hornung

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