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Back to school

Posted by Kristi on August 19, 2009

So for most of you, it’s back to school week, and I know how excited you all are. Soon, of course, you’re going to be weighed down by so much homework you’ll swear your teacher is trying to kill you…but for now, why not try reading one of these books featuring a back-to-school story?

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

Arnold Spirit, aka Junior, is 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.

carter Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford

Will Carter is about to start high school and worries about finding his place and making his mark, especially when it come to girls. Carter isn’t exactly smooth, he’s got ADD and tends to stutter, but he has a great group of friends, dogged determination, and a wise sister who’ll help him stumble through his freshman year, find his first love, face down the school bully, and learn who he really is.

deadline cover Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Just before his senior year, Ben Wolf is diagnosed with a rare, incurable leukemia. At 18, he has the legal right to keep the news to himself until he’s ready to reveal it. With only his doctor and therapist in on his secret, Ben sets out to live an entire lifetime in a year. His goals are to join his brother on the football team; learn everything he can; and ask out gorgeous Dallas Suzuki.

alaska

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole life has been one big, boring, safe non-event, until 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 nothing will ever be the same.

ghostgirl Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley

Charlotte Usher feels practically invisible at school, and then one day she really is invisible. Even worse: she’s dead. And all because she choked on a gummy bear. But being dead doesn’t stop Charlotte from wanting to be popular; it just makes her more creative about achieving her goal. If you thought high school was a matter of life or death, wait till you see just how true that is.

alice Alice, I Think by Susan Juby

Poor Alice. She went to kindergarten dressed as a hobbit, and life has gone downhill ever since. Now, at 15, she is about to enter alternative high school after being homeschooled by her aging hippie mother and a father who attempts to write “bodice rippers.” Naturally, all the angst is recorded in her diary.

disreputable-history 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.

sleepingfreshmen Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar

Scott Hudson chronicles the ups and downs of his eventful freshman year in high school, as he joins the newspaper, works as a stage manager for the spring play, learns a lot from his outstanding English teacher, tries to help a student who attempts suicide, is beaten up because of a girl, and goes to the spring dance. Along the way, he discovers that his mother is pregnant, and he writes a series of insightful letters to his soon-to-be sibling.

dangerousgirls The School for Dangerous Girls by Eliot Schrefer

Angela’s parents think she’s on the road to ruin because she’s dating a “bad boy.” After her behavior gets too much for them, they ship her off to Hidden Oak. Isolated and isolating, Hidden Oak promises to rehabilitate “dangerous girls.” But as Angela gets drawn in further and further, she discovers that recovery is only on the agenda for the “better” girls. The other girls will instead be manipulated to become more and more dangerous…and more and more reliant on Hidden Oak’s care.

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