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4 Inspiring Books That Will Help You Cope Better In School

Because we all know how hard it is to adjust to a new school year.
PHOTOS Mark Jesalva, books featured

 1  Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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This book tells the story of August Pullman, a boy who has extreme facial deformities, when he enters school for the very first time. It’s a touching story of courage and acceptance, and you’ll surely find yourself laughing and crying as August tries to adjust to the school system while struggling to fit in with other children. If you were teased in school, you will find inspiration in August as he learns to love himself despite his flaws and in his family and friends as they learn to love without looking at physical appearances.

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 2  Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

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Have you ever felt like you were different from others, like you don’t share most people’s interests? Are you afraid of starting high school because you’re afraid of what other people will think of you? Stargirl will be your nonconformist heroine as she starts high school staying true to her offbeat ways (she brings her ukulele to school, signs happy birthday to celebrants, and decorates her school desk with sunflowers). However, when she falls in love and everyone (including her boyfriend) around her pressures to be normal, she resists, to her own sadness. Stargiri is a story of self-love, of celebrating your quirks, and being yourself no matter what.

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 3  I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

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In case you haven’t heard, Malala Yousafzai is the youngest ever recipient of Nobel Peace Prize for her work in promoting education. In this memoir, Malala recounts her tale as she works to promote education in Pakistan, and how she stands up for her beliefs even after her own health is compromised. Malala’s story will surely inspire you to fight for something you believe in and will teach the value of education, especially since people in other countries have to fight so hard for theirs.

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 4  Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Have you ever been the new girl in school or have you ever been reluctant to help out the new transferee adjust to your school? Eleanor and Park is a love story, but it offers so much more. You’ll fall in love with Park as he finally lets Eleanor in his life, when he stands up against his friends when they bully Eleanor. You’ll root for Eleanor as she plays the part of dutiful daughter always taking care of her siblings when her abusive stepfather cannot, and when she holds her head high even after being bullied in school. Their story is about looking beyond a person’s shortcomings and of staying strong despite all the people that pull you down.

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What other books should we add to our reading list? Leave a message below or tweet us @candymagdotcom to share your good reads.

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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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