high school -- fiction

Philly Stakes

By Gillian Roberts

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Amanda Pepper teaches English to wealthy, low-achieving, bored and restless prep school students. What was supposed to be a lesson in compassion--having the students cook and serve a holiday meal in a homeless shelter--gets out of control when the wealthy parents take over. The simple Yuletide dinner turns into a catered nightmare--with murder as the first course.
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Madame

By Antoni Libera

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"Madame tells the story of a charmingly self-absorbed teenager as he pursues sexual and intellectual maturity-and the woman of his dreams-in Communist-dominated Warsaw of the early '70s. His French teacher, 'Madame,' is the object of both his affections and aspirations as news of the Cultural Revolution in the West seeps through the Communist walls. Libera paces his exuberant young hero's fulminations, fantasies, and discoveries beautifully, building a remarkably subtle characterization of a free mind in a repressive culture."

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Election, a Novel

By Tom Perrotta

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This is a darkly comic novel about a high school presidential election. Told in alternating voices by Mr. M – the teacher everybody loves, Tracy – the smart and popular girl with a dark secret, Paul – the good natured athlete, and Tammy – Paul’s geeky younger sister.
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Carrie

By Stephen King

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Unaware that she possesses a terrifying power, Carrie White creates much destruction in a small, quiet New England town.
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