Monday, August 30, 2010

Listless Monday, Back to School Edition

Listless Monday was inspired by both Amanda at A Bookshelf Monstrosity's feature Books by Theme and Court at Once Upon a Bookshelf's Listed feature.  Be sure to check out their lists!

(Yes, that apple is as big as my face.  No, it doesn't have much to do with back to school.  But, it is an apple...)

Ah, it's that time of the year again.  Back to school time.  It always makes me think pencils and notebooks and clothes shopping and the dreaded homework.  Fortunately, I'm coming back to school now as a librarian and not a student.  However, I threw together a list of books where a large part of it or an important part of it takes in school.  Whether that be a boarding, a regular old public, or a wizarding, these kids are all dealing with the social, emotional, and academic challenges of school.

Back to School Edition:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund
Avalon High by Meg Cabot
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Dairy Queen by Catherine Murdock
The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
The Disreputable History of Frankie-Landau Banks by E. Lockhart
Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman
Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande
Fallen by Lauren Kate
Flipped by Wendalin Van Draanen
Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have by Allen Zadoff
Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter
The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester
Great and Terrible Beauty series by Libba Bray
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling 
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (suggested by Susan)
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Schooled by Gordon Korman
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Shug by Jenny Han
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
We the Children by Andrew Clements
The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt
Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
You by Charles Benoit (I happen to be giving a copy of this away right now!)

Always looking for suggestions, since I am certain there are many more!

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  1. What a great list! I'll get checking right away!

  2. Gosh, there are SO many books that have to do with school - I don't think you could ever make an exhaustive list. Weirdly, though, the only other one I can think of is HEX HALL by Rachel Hawkins.

  3. Susan, I'm resigned to that fact. I think I'm going to have to come up with more specific ideas for lists. Thanks for the suggestion, though!

  4. I hope we get another one just as big this year - though, probably not. Kind of lame it was the best I could get for back to school, huh?


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