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Books about high school... it's time. 
16th-Aug-2010 02:52 pm
Read Irresponsibly
Class schedules for fall are arriving in mailboxes near you. Regardless of who made what mistake, to make a long story short, my niece was scheduled for Chinese I instead of Spanish II. Which led into a conversation about how she needs to be ready for high school...

So my sister asked me to send out our old copy of The Alfred G. Graebner Memorial High School Handbook of Rules and Regulations (yes, that's the full book title) because... It's time. Published in 1987, this book covers many important high school topics. The opening scenes focus on this being the first year of the school going to computerized schedules. Remember kids, despite being scheduled for six lunches and PE, do not fold, staple, spindle, or mutilate those cards!

I will also be sending along my old and tattered copy of Don't Care High. Back in 1985, nestled in the corner of an interstate onramp and a failed subway widening project, Don Carey High School faded into existence once again. Mike Otis was un-elected school president, and Feldman finally gained ownership of locker 200C.

Both of these books are long out of print. That's a sad thing, though I know that they are showing their age. In the current days of cell phones and internet browsing, some of the jokes won't hold up. And yet, there are pieces of them that I just can't find in modern books. There's no sex, no death, no heavy thoughts to these two books. They address the trials and tribulations of being a kid at a high school gone crazy. That's it, and that's all that they need to hold. Admittedly, some of the heavier tomes available now are interesting, but I enjoy the lighter humor quite a bit too.

If anyone has a modern/current kids-school humor author that can hold a candle Conford or Korman, I would sincerely appreciate the recommendation.
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20th-Aug-2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
Considering how "heavy" high school, itself, can get, I'm thinking light humour surrounding it can be a good thing.

No suggestions to add, sorry. But I'm going to check my libraries to see if either of these titles are available.
20th-Aug-2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
I put them in the mail yesterday, or I'd offer to loan them to you. They are fun, funny, light, and right on the mark.
20th-Aug-2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the thought! I think your soon-to-be high schooler niece needs them more than I, though, so I would have insisted you send them on, if you hadn't already.

Woof. Run on sentence.

Anyway, the happy ending is the Fairfax County system actually had both books available! One copy of Don't Care High and three whole copies of The Alfred G. Graebner Memorial High School Handbook of Rules and Regulations! I've now got them both on hold. :)
20th-Aug-2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm glad that you can get your hands on them. Enjoy!
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