Back to school

Posted by kacates on August 18, 2011


I know how excited everyone is to be heading back to school this week. In honor of this momentous occasion, here’s a list of some great school-related books you can check out here at the library:
 

  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

   Spy High by A.J. Butcher


As students at a special high school that trains them to be secret agents, six teenagers struggle to complete the training exercises as a team before being sent out into the field to sink or swim.

   I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You – Ally Carter

Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, which claims to be a school for geniuses but is really a school for spies. Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl.  Can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?

   The Revenant – Sonia Gensler

To escape a home she doesn’t belong in anymore, Willie assumes the name of a former classmate and accepts a teaching job at the Cherokee Female Seminary. Nothing prepares her for what she finds there. Her pupils are the daughters of the Cherokee elite—educated and more wealthy than she, and the school is cloaked in mystery. The students whisper that Willie’s room is haunted by a girl who drowned in the river last year. Willie doesn’t believe in ghosts, but when strange things start happening at the school, she isn’t sure anymore.

   Looking For Alaska – John Green

Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She pulls Pudge into her world and steals his heart. Then…

   Hex Hall – Rachel Hawkins

When young witch Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters. By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

  Schooled – Gordon Korman

Capricorn (Cap for short) has lived every day of his life on Garland Farm, homeschooled by Rain, the only person he knows in the world. But when Rain falls out of a tree while picking plums and is hospital-ridden, he has to attend the local middle school and live with his new guidance counselor and her irritable daughter. Cap doesn’t exactly fit in at Claverage Middle School. He has long, ungroomed hair, wears hemp clothes, and practices Tai Chi out on the lawn. And now his fellow students…have nominated him for class president?

  The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14 is a mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school. At 15, she’s got a knockout figure, a chip on her shoulder, and a gorgeous new senior boyfriend. And she’s no longer the kind of girl to take no for an answer. Especially when no means she’s excluded from her boyfriend’s all-male secret society. Especially when she knows she’s smarter than any of them. And especially when there are so many, many pranks to be done.

  Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna can’t wait for her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a good job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she’s not too thrilled when her father unexpectedly ships her off to boarding school in Paris – until she meets Etienne St. Clair, the perfect boy. The only problem? He’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her crush back home. Will a year of romantic near-misses end in the French kiss Anna awaits?

  Spud by John van de Ruit

John “Spud” Milton takes his first hilarious steps toward manhood in this delicious, laugh-out-loud boarding school romp, full of midnight swims, raging hormones, and catastrophic holidays that will leave the entire family in hysterics and thirsty for more.

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