Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Top 10 books to get you through high school

James Dawson, author of dark teen thriller Hollow Pike, grew up in West Yorkshire, writing imaginary episodes of Doctor Who.

One of his top ten books to get you through high school, as told to the Guardian:
There's a Boy In the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar

Sachar is better known for the bestselling Holes, but this earlier work is perfect in its simplicity. Bradley Chalkers is a true outcast – he's a bully, a pathological liar, he spits, he hurts people. And yet you will fall in love with him. As you realise that Bradley is as much a victim as a bully, you begin to understand the complexity of his situation. The story documents the gentle relationship between Bradley and the school counsellor, Carla. You are completely on Bradley's side, and feel every up and down of his journey. As with Holes, you'll laugh and cry in equal measure, often at the same time.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue