Monday, November 18, 2013

William Tell: Swiss Books

According to legend, on this day in 1307, William Tell shot an apple of his son's head, inspiring the Swiss people to rise against Austrian rule.

To celebrate, here are some books that take place in Switzerland.


And Both Were Young by Madeleine L'Engle. Flip hates her new Swiss boarding school, until she meets Paul. Paul's her only friend, but she has to break the rules and sneak out to see him. But Paul has a mystery in his past, and as Flip works with him to solve it... oh... this was a favorite of mine in my youth. So glad it's back in print!

Dreams of Significant Girls by Cristina Garcia. Roommates at a Swiss boarding school, Shirin, Vivien, and Ingrid meet every summer. One is an Iranian princess, on a German-Canadian weirdo, and one a Cuban-Jewish cooking prodigy. Over the course of three summers, they must deal with big and small issues of friendship, families, cultural differences and growing up.

Vampire Rising by Jason Henderson. Starting at a new boarding school, Alex learns that Van Helsing isn't just a last name, it's a legacy. Descended from legendary vampire hunters, Alex has uncanny instincts when it comes to hunting supernaturals. He needs them, too, because two of his friends have been taken, and he needs to get them back while they're still human. The first in the Alex Van Helsing trilogy, follow it with Voice of the Undead.


Jet Set by Carrie Karasyov and Jill Kargman. Lucy is sick of constantly moving with her military family. Her tennis skills earn her a scholarship at an elite boarding school in Switzerland, but the other students are the uber-elite (the hot guy just happens to be royalty) and Lucy is in way over her head.

Killer Strangelets by CT Furlong. Iago's father has been kidnapped by a mad scientist. Along with his cousins, friends, and younger sister, he's off to rescue him. The first Arctic6 Adventure, follow it with Killer Genes.

Princess for Hire by Lindsey Levitt. When Desi sees an ad to be a princess, she can't resist. When royals need to get away from their lives for awhile, they call Facade for a look-alike princess sub. Desi wants to make an impact, so she tries to help the princesses solve their problems when she's pretending to be them--sadly this is very against the rules. And while Desi can try to solve the princesses' problems, who will help her solve her own? The first in a series, follow it with The Royal Treatment.

What are your favorite books that take place in Switzerland?

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