Wanderlust: Cool Schools

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

In this new feature, Wanderlust, I want you to have a chance to travel the world without even leaving your couch.  Today, the feature will showcase five books with awesome schools set around the world. Are you ready to go back to school?  If you were a student at these schools, you would gladly do tons of homework.

Books open possibilities for us that we didn't even know possible.  I have starved in the desert, walked through Times Square, and visited temples in Japan-- all without leaving the comfort of my own house.

While you are waiting for those online plane tickets to process, pick up a book and travel:

Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond: Set in the fictional but classic city of Metropolis, Lois Lane is on the case that happens pretty close to home--right in her own high school.  With the principal in on the evil plan, Lois will stop at nothing to figure out how to stop these villains and save the world.  Wouldn't it be cool to attend classes with famous Lois Lane in the back row? Sign me up.

Ink by Amanda Sun: Set in Japan, Katie is a foreign student making her way through high school.  Despite the language barrier, she makes some awesome friends and soon finds herself entangled in a long-forgotten legend that turns out to be true.  In class, the boy next to her doodles on his notebook which seems normal enough until she sees the doodles start to move.  Doodling in class has never been so fun; let's go to high school in Japan.

Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid: Faced with the Nevers list and the two friends' quest to complete everything on the list, they do many things they never said they would do.  Building a treehouse on school grounds is one of them.  During lunch, join Never Always Sometimes characters in their California high school and enjoy the view from the treehouse.

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh: Maybe not the best school to consider going but it is along the lines of what dystopian would you want to live in-- because, really, who wants to live in a dystopian? Fellow student, Varen, opens the door to an alternate universe where Edgar Allen Poe's stories come to life.  The only thing: he forgets to shut it and lets Poe's characters cross into our world and right into his high school.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling: The one everyone knew would be on the list.  Does this one even require an explanation?  I know all of you have been frantically waiting your letter to Hogwarts in the mail. Believe me, the school only ran out of stamps, it'll come in the next postal shipment.

What is your destination?

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