Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mash Day- Study Away

A few nights ago I reread the beginning of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. What can I say, it's a comfort book. It has always impressed me how casual Hogwarts students are about spending most of their years far from home in a secret, magical location. There's a plethora of great YA books featuring characters who go to boarding schools, and the antics that result from that freedom from parents are as amusing as the abuses of strict schools can be tragic. Here's some books to put your school life into perspective. Happy Mash Day!

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: When this classic story begins, Jane is a young student at a boarding school/orphanage. She has some family, but no-one who wanted to keep her, so she lands in a harsh institution that is often racked by epidemics and where girls can be punished for having naturally curly hair. Jane's only way out is through education.

Spud by John van de Ruit: 13-year-old Spud is relieved to get away from his dysfunctional and embarrassing parents, but the shenanigans at his South African boarding school, while hilarious, may just kill him.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart: Frankie's boarding school is coed, but all is not equal among boys and girls. Her boyfriend is the leader of a "secret," guy-only club of pranksters, and she wants in by any means necessary.

Folly by Marthe Jocelyn: Read this parallel tale of a teenaged, Victorian servant, a seven-year-old ward at a school for orphans, and a teacher at the same school and you will be breathless as you grow to understand what the three have in common.

The Miles Between by Mary Pearson: Four classmates at an elite boarding school take off on an unauthorized road trip, a quest for one fair day.

Looking for Alaska by John Green: Miles finds more chaos than he expected when he transfers to a southern boarding school. In his first week he gets lost, concussed, makes friends and enemies, and discovers the culinary delights of the school chef's one palatable dish: the Bufriedo.

Boot Camp by Todd Strasser: Garrett is dating his teacher, and he just won't quit, so his parents send him away to a military school. Garrett decides he can't live with the schools intensely unorthodox methods, so he begins to search for a way to escape the brutality.

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