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Put away those highlighters: read these books for fun

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Summer is coming! Students finally have a chance to set aside their textbooks and read for pleasure, not for the next test. The following are all fiction books with school settings.

Mysteries about college include The Student Body by J.S. Borthwick, a Maine author who uses Maine settings, including the fanciful Bowmouth College. Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers takes place on the other side of the Atlantic at Oxford University. Despite the change in setting, both books include faculty infighting, campus politics, and a mystery!

Young Adult book Tell Me If The Lovers are Losers by Cynthia Voigt also has a college setting, specifically that of an American college in the 1960s. It is a drama with serious themes.

Back to mysteries, Agatha Christie's Cat Among the Pigeons takes place at a private girls' school. For a boys' school--but no mystery--check out Rudyard Kipling's Stalky & Co. And for an elementary school setting, check out Bad Girls, another book by Cynthia Voigt which covers the ins and outs of a fifth grade classroom.

To end with mysteries is Emma Lathen's Ashes to Ashes which centers around a Catholic parochial school. Plus K.M. Peyton's A Midsummer Night's Death.

There are, naturally, many more books with school settings, including John Knowles' A Separate Peace. But the latter is sometimes assigned in Literature classes. This is a time to set aside assignments. Read about school but leave the highlighter in the desk!


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