A Fiction Fan's Salute to Teachers

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Whether you are sending your kids back to school or reminiscing over your own school days, September is the time of year when our collective attention turns to academia in its many forms. Engaging characters who teach are found in just about every subgenre of fiction. Celebrate those special folks who dedicate their lives to shaping and educating future generations with one (or more) of these entertaining and inspirational fiction selections.

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Let nostalgia have its way and indulge in a classic like Catherine Marshall’s iconic Christy set in early 1900s Appalachia, brave the western Canadian frontier with When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke, or follow Anne Shirley’s teaching journey on Prince Edward Island in L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Avonlea. Brush up on the three Rs with One Plus One Equals Trouble by Sondra Kraak as two teachers cooperate while competing for the same one-room schoolhouse position in a surprisingly romantic situation. For a story that tugs on your heartstrings, pick up A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears and take an eye-opening look at the age-old problem of class bullies. Need a dose of humor or a down-to-earth British hero? Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemeyer delivers both and a bookish down-on-her-luck teacher turned governess.

Faith and romance are at odds in The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon, an inspiring retelling of the familiar biblical tale. Enjoy a small-town teacher’s attempt to overcome her seemingly inescapable kitchen catastrophes and venture into baking with The Cupcake Dilemma by Jennifer Rodewald. Sit a spell in the Blue Ridge Mountains where the protagonists of Pepper Basham’s A Twist of Faith and Charming the Troublemaker learn lessons of life and love. A sweet teacher and charismatic doctor form an unlikely friendship but dare they hope for more in Love Everlasting by Julie Lessman? Compassionate teachers go beyond the call of duty in Ruth Logan Herne’s Their Surprise Daddy and The First Gift. Homeschooling is the avenue of education embraced by recent college graduate turned guardian/homeschool mom of her eight nieces and nephews in Chautona Havig’s Aggie’s Inheritance series.

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Want more teacher features?

Check out Calico Canyon by Mary Connealy, Undaunted Hope by Jody Hedlund, Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings, Beyond this Moment by Tamera Alexander, and Brightest and Best by Olivia Newport in historical fiction.

Or contemporary reads like Song of Silence by Cynthia Ruchti, Memories of Mist by Valerie Comer, Seeds of Hope by Barbara Cameron, Deadly Echoes by Nancy Mehl, and The Amish Teacher's Gift by Rachel J. Good are all great choices!

Beth Erin is an Associate Editor of Hope By The Book, a Christian fiction enthusiast, book reviewer, and the blogger behind FaithfullyBookish.com. She is passionate about encouraging authors and fellow readers everywhere.