I’m back! Since I was so busy with school starting and homework, and lots of other things, I missed two whole volumes of Books I Really Think You Should Read–eek! To make up for it, I will do two B.I.R.T.Y.S.R this month; one being the “September”-themed addition, and one creepy cool Halloween-themed one. Yay!!!
My September post was supposed to be about books that center around schools or academies the characters go to, which are always quite fun, so let’s go back in time to last month and get started…
Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
I actually just finished Stuart Gibbs’ most recent novel, Space Case, (it was awesome. You should definitely check it out!) and am about to begin his other book Poached, so I naturally decided to feature his Spy School series on today’s post. In this hilarious series, the main character, Ben, is accepted into a school for training junior spies and he meets some of the most funny secondary characters you’ll find in a middle grade mystery. (Although Three Times Lucky’s townspeople are pretty cool too.)
The School For Good and Evil by Soman Chainani / Read my review here.
Teehee. I think you all knew this would end up on the list one way or another. :) Seriously though, the school in this series is one of the most important elements of the book and I remember myself always flipping back to Sophie and Agatha’s schedules during my reading, as well as the map of the school. Reading about the characters’ classes always makes me laugh, (or get very worried, depending on what part you’re on…) and makes me want to go back and read this one again…for the fifth time.
My fondness for Shannon Hale’s books has grown immensely over the past couple months after reading her Books of Bayern series, (although it was already quite high) so when I was compiling this post, I immediately thought of her wonderful Princess Academy stories. The first book is a delightful read for any fantasy lover because of its subtle magic elements, likable main character, and cast of secondary characters. Once you get hooked on the first book, you’ll be begging for the second one! :)
The Mysterious Case of the Albright Academy by Diane Stanley
Evil brownies. Robot students. Creepy Clones. The Albright Academy is filled with a mystery that is so funny, it’s addictive. When the main character, Franny, is accepted into a elite boarding school it seems like a dream come true. After arriving, she starts to suspect that the other students at Albright Academy are all eerily perfect…in the most unnatural way, causing her to start investigating with s few of her peers. (Cue dramatic music!) Although I haven’t read this book in a while, I remember getting hooked and finishing it in just one afternoon, so it’s definitely worth checking out.
I remember curling up under a blanket a couple years ago with the Red Blazer Girls books and just blasting through the series in a few short weeks. The mysteries are so complex and perfectly planned out that you’re filled with suspense and wonder up until the very last sentence. Michael D. Beil does such an awesome job of working the settings into the story, especially the girls’ school, that it was an obvious choice for this list.
Regarding the Trees by Kate Klise an M Sarah Klise
Kate Klise’s books are some of my all time favorites because of the ridiculously fun plot lines and M. Sarah Klise’s drawings. When you pair the two together, you get a wonderful story filled with settings and characters you can’t help but like. In my favorite book by them, Regarding the Trees, a group of kids work with an eccentric fountain designer to help recreate their middle school into something awesome.
Unlike most of the other schools in this post, where I chose them because of their quirkiness or likability, I chose to feature the school in the second Gilda Joyce book because of its creepy coolness. (I mean just look at the cover–oooh, scary!!! :) ) In this fast-paced mystery, psychic investigator Gilda Joyce starts attending a fancy academy and soon discovers a new mystery–only a few years ago, a young student drowned in the academy’s lake, and everyone assumed it was an accident, but Gilda suspects differently. Can she find out what really happened before it’s too late? (You’ll have to read it to find out! :) )
I’ll be back later this week with some book reviews and a birthday post! :)