Welcome back to school! As you get ready to embark on the new year, check out this class schedule, designed just for you by The Hub bloggers. You just might find some new books in your favorite subject areas or the inspiration you need to branch out to topics you haven’t read about before. Today we’ll be delving into the first part of your day, with the rest of the schedule released tomorrow and Wednesday.
Home Room â€“ Carli Spina
As you begin your first day back in your new home room, take some time to read books about students for whom school is home and home is school â€“ boarding school!
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Start off with this 2009 Michael L. Printz Award Honoree, which details a series of pranks and a secret society at a prominent boarding school. Readers will enjoy Frankie’s increasingly elaborate pranks and the lessons she learns over the course of the book.
Escape Theory by Margaux Froley
For mystery fans, this story of a mysterious death at a boarding school will be perfect! It follows Devon as she investigates the death of Hutch, a boy that she first met during her first week on campus. Interspersed throughout the story are flashbacks to their initial meeting, leaving readers to piece together not only the facts surrounding Hutch’s death but also the nature of their relationship.
When We Wuz Famous by Greg Takoudes
This novel, based on the author’s film Up With Me, follows Francisco as he leaves Spanish Harlem to attend an elite boarding school on a scholarship. The story focuses on the way that Francisco is caught between his family, his friends and his new school. It is a book about tough decisions and the repercussions that flow from them.
Period 1: Biology â€“ Sharon Rawlins
Today we’re going to study botany, a part of biology. Why? Several reasons. September is National Preparedness Month and this encompasses how to survive both natural and man-made disasters. The other reason is to see if you can identify poisonous plants from nonpoisonous ones.
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Cia and other students in Joelle Charbonneau’s book The Testing have to identify whether plants are edible or poisonous and sample the ones they think are okay to eat. Guess wrong and they might die. In the sequel, Independent Study, they have to identify plants by touch, feel or by genetic code. If they give a wrong answer, they have to face a physical challenge such as navigate a path filled with hazardous plants like poison ivy or deadly pink ivy.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Celaena in Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (a 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults selection) has to compete against other assassins to see which of them will advance to become the King’s Champion by identifying the plant poisons in a number of goblets. They must arrange them in order of the most benign to the deadliest and then drink from the one they think is most harmless.
The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood
Jessamine is fascinated by her father’s poison garden and determines to became an expert on poisonous plants in Maryrose Wood’s The Poison Diaries, and in the sequel Nightshade, she becomes a poisoner-for-hire (much like assassin nun Ismae in Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers).
Period 2: Language Class â€“ Hannah GÃ³mez
Time for language class!
Beautiful Americans by Lucy Silag
For those teens already looking forward to studying abroad sometime, hand them the Beautiful Americans trilogy by Lucy Silag, which follows a group of American teens studying in Paris. There’s mystery, romance, and lots of secrets, which should make the book a hit with anyone who loved the Gossip Girl TV series.
Students Across the Seven Seas by Micol Ostow
Another quick pick is the Students Across the Seven Seas series by Micol Ostow, which comprises thirteen titles about girls and their adventures abroad, with the usual suspects, like cute boys, misunderstandings, and shopping all represented.
French Milk by Lucy Knisley
Older teens with the travel bug might love Lucy Knisley’s graphic memoir French Milk.
Persiguiendo el sol by Juanes
Those teens in Spanish class may like reading Colombian rock star Juanes’ new memoir, Persiguiendo el sol (Chasing the Sun), available in both English and Spanish.
El Illuminado: A Graphic Novel by Ilan Stavans and Steve Sheinkin
For a taste of Spanglish and a history of the Jews who were expelled from Europe during the Inquisition, turn to Ilan Stavans and Steve Sheinkin’s collaboration, El Iluminado: A Graphic Novel.
A Year in Japan by Kate T. Williamson
And to convey what it’s like to be somewhere where you lack a full understanding of culture or language, try A Year in Japan, a mostly visual book by Kate T. Williamson.
A big thank you to everyone who contributed to this post! Stay tuned for the rest of our posts in this series and, in the meantime, what books would your recommend for these subjects? Let us know in the comments!
– Carli Spina, currently reading Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson