One entry on his list of the top ten books to get you through high school, as told to the Guardian:
Carrie by Stephen King / Matilda by Roald DahlRead about the other books on the list.
Nothing got me through school more than the glimmer of hope that I might one day develop telekinetic powers and kill everyone. Luckily for my classmates, that never happened. Two similar stories, with very similar heroes – you'll be rooting for both Carrie and Matilda right up to the equally moving (albeit quite different) finales.