Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Books Set in a School


Top Ten Tuesday

Since we only have about two weeks left until school starts, I decided to go with books where the school or being at school is an integral part of the story. Do you have other faves? Let me know in the comments!

  1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Anna decides to go to a French boarding school, and all manner of merveilleux (aka St. Clair) breaks loose.
  2. Carrie by Stephen King. I haven’t read this in a long, long time, but a big part of this (especially THE PART that everyone remembers) takes place at school. I never saw the Sissy Spacek version (I know my limits with horror movies), but I might make an exception for the upcoming version starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Juliane Moore and Ansel Elgort (who is, btdubs, going to have a great literary 2013-2014 because he not only is in Carrie, but also in Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars.)
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. Who can’t understand the fear of getting THE CHEESE TOUCH?
  4. Gallagher Girl Series by Ally Carter. Such a superb series that takes place in a school…for girl spies. The snark, action, adventure, drama, friendship and bit of romance get an A+ from me.
  5. Good-bye, Mr. Chips by James Hilton. The story of a teacher at an English public (private to us Yanks) school is a testament to those teachers who are super hard but earn our respect anyway – because we know they respect us.
  6. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. Do I even need to elaborate here? Was there EVER a cooler school?
  7. Hex Hall Series by Rachel Hawkins. Though there’s a lot going on at this boarding school for magical kids that wasn’t listed in the curriculum, I’d still go there.
  8. Looking for Alaska by John Green. Another boarding school story where the setting is a catalyst for the action.
  9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. The outsider that gets invited in.
  10. Quarantine: The Loners by Lex Thomas. This is what happens when the kids go unsupervised. Just think cliques on steroids.

Honorable mention: Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes. I tried reading this, since I liked the series that was on Masterpiece Theater or some such show. It was first published in 1857. It was hard to slog through. Maybe I’ll try again some day.

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