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Looking for Alaska 

by John Green

Looking for AlaskaA teen boy named Miles starts to attend Culver Creek Boarding School in search for the great perhaps. He enjoys memorizing famous last words. He meets Alaska Young, the most gorgeous girl he has ever seen. Throughout the book, they have many great adventures.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was very surprised and shocked by the tragic event at the end. One of the reasons I liked this book was because the author used many influential sayings and quotes which makes readers really think about it.

I would recommend this book to teens who love reading teen fiction. This book also has mysteries in it. Readers will not be able to put this book down. This is another John Green book that will make you cry.

Alissa, 14

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 

by J.K. Rowling
06/05/2013 Categories: boarding school magic movie witches & wizards

Sorcerer's StoneMeet Harry Potter. He's just your average teenage boy staying with some relatives who make it clear that they don't want Harry in their home. That is, until one day when letters flood his house and he meets a giant of a man named Hagrid. Harry finds out that he's a wizard and that his parents were killed by the darkest wizard to ever live: Lord Voldemort. He is swept up in the magical world of Wizarding, finds a home that he's never really had, and meets some friends along the way, including his best friends: Hermione Granger and Ronald "Ron" Weasley. They soon find out that Voldemort is after the Sorcerer's Stone and have to do something before it's too late.

Harry, Hermione, and Ron are just phenominal characters and J.K. Rowling has woven a magical story that's the best of the best. If you like magic, then this is the book for you.

Hieu, 13

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 

by J.K. Rowling

Deathly HallowsThe book is about a wizard, Harry, who is wanted dead by Lord Voldemort. Harry is on a journey to find things that will help kill Voldemort. When Harry puts his friends life in danger he finally ends the feud.

I started reading the Harry Potter books in seventh grade. When I was reading them I got more and more interested with each book I read. It got my attention because of the mystery. I wanted to figure out why Lord Voldemort wanted to kill Harry.

I would recommend these books because they are very interesting. If you read this you should be interested in dramatic books

Rebecka, 14

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Mike and Psmith 

by P.G. Wodehouse

Image result for Mike and PsmithMike, cricketeer extraordinaire, meets Psmith, a whimsical boy whose last name is pronounced with a silent "p" (as in pshrimp). Both are kicked out of their respective respectable schools and are sent to a small school Sedleigh, whose cricket team leaves much to be desired. In this lighthearted tale, the two fast friends turn Sedleigh upside-down with Psmith's smooth-talking connivery, Mike's passion for cricket, and any proper English schoolboy's good, old-fashioned prank.

Mike & Psmith was an amazing book and was very readable, especially for a novel written in 1919. There is definitely a lot of cricket terminology and some slang throughout the book (I would suggest looking up a video explaining the sport or skipping the cricket sections entirely) but Mike and especially Psmith will be characters after your own heart. It was fun to read and had its own brand of understated humor, giving me a hilarious outlook of English boarding school.

It doesn't matter if you're a boy or a girl for this book; there is no romance, but all will enjoy reading this story. It's a great way to read older literature without being bored out of your skull, but it may get complicated for readers used to modern-day lit. Even so, I encourage you to challenge yourself! You may discover that you like the book enough to continue the Psmith series.

Erica, 17

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Variant 

by Robison Wells

Variant coverVariant is about a teen named Benson Fisher, who is enrolled in a school where there are no adults, internet, telephones, communication with the outside world, and ultimately, no escape. However, escape is Benson's only option for himself, even though no one has ever escaped before without vanishing or being killed. Benson is trying to figure a way out, as well as who he can and cannot trust.

Variant is an extremely interesting book because there are twist and turns at every chapter that make you want to reach the end. I literally read the novel in one night. As soon as you think the book might start to get boring, something pops up that is beyond your imagination.

If you like science fiction, survival, or coming of age genres, I would recommend Variant because of its action-packed, fast-paced content.

Taylor, 14

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Variant 

by Robison Wells

Variant coverBenson is a foster child who has been moving around from foster home to foster home ever since the age of 5, but then he decides to apply to Maxfield Academy and gets accepted along with a scholarship. Benson feels that for once everything is looking up, but then he gets to the academy and he sees that nothing is right. The school has no adults and the kids have to follow complex and weird rules. Break the rules and the punishment is death. The entire school is divided into three groups: Society, Havoc, and Variant. Benson joins the Variants and from day one begins planning his escape. And then he stumbles upon the schools secret and nothing is the same. Is escape even possible?

This book was one of the most breathtaking, heart pounding, gripping books ever! From the beginning, the entire school is a mystery and as you read along, trying to uncover its secrets, you slowly become more and more entangled into the story. The ending, especially the last two lines, was a great cliffhanger and leaves you yearning for book two. Although some of the school's secrets are uncovered, there are still so many more questions that keep arising.

This book is one that I think everyone who loves action, fast-paced stories will love. Variant is somewhat a modern version of The Lord of the Flies. If you loved The Maze Runner series than this book is definitively the one for you!

Jana, 16

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Anna and the French Kiss 

by Stephanie Perkins
04/26/2012 Categories: boarding school dating drama romance

Anna coverAnna Oliphant is your typical Southern girl who ends up transferring to a different school for senior year: boarding school, that is. In Paris. Shocked, bewildered, and more than a little angry at the sudden change of events, Anna finds herself unwilling to like Paris and uncomfortable in the polar-opposite environment. However, with the help of her new friends (and handsome Etienne St. Clair), she learns to fall in love with Paris after all.

Anna and the French Kiss was the best comfort read I've read in a long time. It reminds me of pink cupcakes and tutus, sugar cookies and frosting. Sweet, fluffy, and all around very nice, even if the title choice leaves much to be desired. If you're a girly-girl or simply someone who likes to indulge in sweet love stories, you will definitely enjoy this book.

Erica, 16

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Name of the Star 

by Maureen Johnson
03/27/2012 Categories: boarding school murder paranormal

Name of the Star coverRory Deveaux, a Louisiana senior in high school, arrives at her new London boarding school to a chilling series of events: someone has been imitating Jack the Ripper, a historical villain who was famous for his gruesome murders of young women. The police have gotten nowhere; security camera footage shows only the victim...or so they think. Separated from everything she knows as home, Rory sees what no one else sees--the invisible criminal, and the secret side of London.

I really liked this book! It was a little scary because of the murders and the general spookiness (this is a supernatural, slightly gory book) but the plot caught me immediately. I wasn't able to put this book down!

Both guys and girls can read this, though I think that girls who like darker books would enjoy this the most.

Erica, 16

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