Sunday, March 27, 2011

Book List: Cool Schools

 {from Fred Bode}

So... you've been back in school for quite a while now, and things are starting you get a little... let's say routine, am I right? Same old tater tots, same old kickball in gym class, same old broken locker. Have you ever wanted to go to a school that was slightly more thrilling? Well, I've got you covered! Here's a list of books set in schools that are anything but normal, whether they are run by vampires, exclusive to descendants of royal lineage, or a place to hone your magical powers:

Ninth Grade Slays by Heather Brewer
While half-vampire Vlad, his best friend Henry, and Henry's cousin Joss make their way through their freshman year at Bathory High, a hired vampire slayer seeks to destroy Vlad.

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Witch Sophie Mercer, having been sent to a reform school by her father after a prom night spell went horribly wrong, learns her roommate, who is the only vampire on campus, is the suspect in a series of attacks on students and sets out to find the real culprit.

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter
Genius Cammie Morgan begins the spring semester of her sophomore year with many questions about her ex-boyfriend, mother, and the last term, and intends to use her spying abilities to have them answered.

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
High school sophomore Nora has always been very cautious in her relationships, but when Patch, who has a dark side she can sense, enrolls at her school, she is mysteriously and strongly drawn to him, despite warnings from her best friend, the school counselor, and her own instincts.

Devilish by Maureen Johnson
Jane Jarvis, a senior at a Catholic girl's school in Providence, Rhode Island, tries to save her best friend by making a pact with a demon.

The Outcasts by L. S. Matthews
While on a field trip, five outcasts--who normally never participate in school activities--are transported to a different dimension and must try to return to reality.

Jekyl Loves Hyde by Beth Fantasky
As seventeen-year-old Jill Jekel and classmate Tristen Hyde work together on a chemistry project, hoping to win a scholarship for her and a cure for his curse, they also uncover family secrets and a chemistry of their own.

Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
When dead teenagers who have come back to life start showing up at her high school, Phoebe, a goth girl, becomes interested in the phenomenon, and when she starts dating a "living impaired" boy, they encounter prejudice, fear, and hatred.

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
While attending a strict academy for potential princesses with the other girls from her mountain village, fourteen-year-old Miri discovers unexpected talents and connections to her homeland.

So if you're looking for a bit of a break from the routine, you might want to consider reading some of our out-of-the-norm high school-related picks, all of which are available at the library.


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