Boarding School Beginnings

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Young Adult Readers And Writers


In the past few weeks, Hartfield has become more of a home to me than the place where I have spent the first thirteen years of my life living with my parents and brother. However, I have spent
half of my time here befuddled by the expectations and conversations around me. I spend much of my day wondering whether I actually belong here and waiting for someone to realize they have made a
mistake. School was never too difficult for me in the past; now, however, homework takes me hours, sometimes even days, to complete, and it still does not feel as if I have done it correctly. Since
starting Hartfield, I have been inundated with new vocabulary words. Sometimes I feel I am the only one who doesn’t understand what is going on. I find myself cowering from everyone, hoping the
teacher does not call on me, because I am so lost.



Now that Melinda has adjusted to living at boarding school, she finds herself having to adjust to her challenging course load on top of her extracurricular activities. As if that weren’t enough,
Melinda has her first boyfriend! Can she handle life at boarding school?



This is the second book in the Boarding School Blues series.

Table of Contents

A Quick Note to Readers

Submitted: July 13, 2018

Hi Readers! This book is in the final editing phase before publication. I welcome your comments. There will ultimately be an electron... Read Chapter

Routines

Submitted: July 13, 2018

Everyone has their own Thinking Place: a place to sit and simply, well, think. Unlike most people, however, my Thinking Place is... Read Chapter

The New Roommate

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food from Dining Hall sandwich, salad, baked stuffed shells so many choices   Slightly ... Read Chapter

Game Time

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Field Hockey. Cross Country. Football and more football. These are strange words to me. Sunday night, when my roommate told me she wa... Read Chapter

Oakville

Submitted: July 13, 2018

Have you ever seen someone who looks just like someone you know, but you know they couldn’t be that person? Well, that happened to me... Read Chapter

The Unexpected Class

Submitted: July 13, 2018

This is a nice beginning, Melinda, but for your next journal entries, I would like you to include more adjectives. I want to be so inun... Read Chapter

Drowning

Submitted: July 13, 2018

A few years ago, we went on vacation to Cape Cod with my entire family, including my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins and my pa... Read Chapter

First Date

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In the past few weeks, Hartfield has become more of a home to me than the place where I have spent the first thirteen years of my life ... Read Chapter

The Mysterious Stanton

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I had a dream I was sitting on the beach with my friends when my parents arrived. They were harbingersor upcoming danger. Unfortunately... Read Chapter

Nice to Meet You

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Hi. How are you? Where are you from? What sport do you do? What classes are you taking? What teachers do you have? ... Read Chapter

More Details, Please

Submitted: July 13, 2018

I am seeing a marvelous improvement in your journal entries. I especially enjoyed your haiku. I appreciate you assimilating my advice, ... Read Chapter

An Old Friend

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Ode to Oakville Frantic people rushing Here There Car horns honking Everywhere   Do these people notice?... Read Chapter

Home, (Not So) Sweet Home

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Is it possible to mourn a person who has not actually passed away? Can you spend hours lamenting, crying sorrowfully, full of sadness w... Read Chapter

Celebrities

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Today, I met my first celebrity; actually, I met two very famous, very well-known celebrities. I know I should not be overly surprised,... Read Chapter

Another First Date

Submitted: July 13, 2018

I wanted to go out with a friend. Our number had soon swelled up to ten. We all went to a show. My friend made quite a row. ... Read Chapter

A Change In The Routine

Submitted: July 13, 2018

I like what I am seeing in your journal entries, and I hope you are noticing the improvement as well. You should consider submitting yo... Read Chapter

The Uninvited Guest

Submitted: July 13, 2018

. Isn’t that a cool word? Whenever I hear this word, I think of someone trudging along slowly, walking heavily, like an elephant, all... Read Chapter

Parents' Weekend

Submitted: July 13, 2018

Parents’ Weekend has finally come. It gives us a break from the humdrum. What will my parents say, When they come here toda... Read Chapter

Unexpected Rendezvous

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Ron D Vu I see you Standing by the door You and me Did agree To meet there at four. Its funny the poems you can remember ... Read Chapter

Ghost Town

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The evening ends. Time to say goodnight Lingering for a time Is the moment right? Hands on shoulders Hearts excite ... Read Chapter

A Day of Service

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There are many things you can do with leaves. You can find ones that are just the right shape, cover them with a sheet of paper, and ma... Read Chapter

When it Rains, It Pours

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Bad things come in threes. That’s the superstition I always hear. Tonight certainly contained bad events, but hopefully they will not... Read Chapter

Whomping Wheeler Weekend

Submitted: July 13, 2018

Dated. Majestic. Boring. Inspiring. Lame. Magnificent. Tawdry. Tasteful. Lackluster. Powerful. &n... Read Chapter

Practice Makes Perfect

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Ballet, Jazz and Tap Marzipan and Chocolate Dancing Gingerbread     When Mr. Pablo had first ann... Read Chapter

Victory

Submitted: July 13, 2018

I like you. Do you like me? (Check one)   Yes   No   I remember my friends writing these notes to boys... Read Chapter

Nutcracker

Submitted: July 13, 2018

I stand alone in the dark. My heart pounds a rhythm in my throat for an eternity. I must not move. I take slow, deep breaths. “I can ... Read Chapter

Haven

Submitted: July 13, 2018

You have shown tremendous progress in your writing this term. I am looking forward to seeing how your writing continues to mature as th... Read Chapter

Seasons Change

Submitted: July 13, 2018

Cool autumn breezes Cold winter winds Misty rain Blinding snow Scarecrows snowmen Leaf plies Snow angels ... Read Chapter

Study Time

Submitted: July 13, 2018

This is my final journal entry this term. I know you are collecting these after our final, Mr. Johnson. As I read through some of my ea... Read Chapter

Finals

Submitted: July 13, 2018

Everyone has their own Thinking Place: a place to sit and simply, well, think. Unlike most people, however, my Thinking Place is unique... Read Chapter

The End of the Beginning

Submitted: July 13, 2018

After Melinda’s Latin exam, which she completed with enough time for her to double check her answers twice, and a quick lunch, she head... Read Chapter

Melinda's Vocabulary Journal

Submitted: July 13, 2018

abasement: deep humiliation abrogate: to cancel or repeal adamant: having an unchangeable attitude or opinion, d... Read Chapter

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