Here at MP! We’ve been banging on about Night School Resistance since the start of June! Resistance is the fourth book in the International best selling ‘Night School’ series.
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We handed over control to CJ Daugherty who’s let you all in on Cimmeria Academy secrets and more!
For those of you who are diving into Night School for the first time, and for those who have been with Allie, Carter and Sylvain from the start, I’ve come up with a few Cimmeria Academy facts you may or may not know.
Did you know that, in real life, no woman has ever been in charge of the country’s money?
In the book, Allie’s grandmother, Lucinda Meldrum, is a former Chancellor of the Exchequer – the person who manages the nation’s finances. But, in real life, such a thing has never happened.
Doesn’t that make you want to THROW THINGS? Or is that just me?
Either way, I’m afraid it’s true. No ladies get to touch the cash in Britain in real life. Which is not Ok with me. So, girls, get on that. It’s past time. Get an A* in maths, tweet me a picture of you holding your certificate, and I will send you PRESENTS. I am serious.
(MP! Note: PRESENTS!? Get on this girls!)
Did you know only 7 percent of UK children attend private schools?
Night School is set at Cimmeria Academy, an exclusive boarding school for the children of the British elite. British boarding schools are famous around the world. Even non-British people have heard of Eton and Harrow, with their flowery hats
In reality, it’s incredibly rare for a UK student to be privately educated. 93 percent of students attend state schools.
And yet, more than half the members of the government’s Cabinet, and eighty percent of UK Supreme Court justices were privately educated. As were many prominent members of the media. (MP! Note: As well as Harry Potter, don’t forget Hazza).
Perhaps that’s what gives the world the impression that everyone here goes to boarding school.
Did you know British Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne were both in a secret society at Oxford University?
(And the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, was in it too!)
They were both members of the Bullingdon Club a real-life secret society for the sons of wealthy, powerful families. Its purpose and primary activities are unknown to everyone except its members, who, along with government ministers, include newspaper and television executives, and CEOs of multinational corporations.
Reading about the Bullingdon Club – and about a similar group in the US called Skull and Bones.
This inspired me to write the Night School series. In my books, the members of the secret society are groomed from a young age to lead, to rule, and to evade would-be kidnappers. As things become more dangerous, their training changes, expanding to include fighting back and, ultimately, killing.
I doubt the real Bullingdon Club does this. But if they did, we’d never know.
Did you know the two schools that produced the most British government leaders – Eton and Harrow – to this day do not admit girls?
Cimmeria Academy is mixed gender – girls live, study and work next to boys. They fight beside them in Night School. And they prepare to run the world, just like boys.
But in real life, many of the nation’s top boarding schools – the ones who educate most of our future leaders – are a girl-free zone. Eton and Harrow have produced more Prime Ministers than any other schools. And if you’re a girl, you won’t get through the door.
Not just the schools – the secret societies discriminate, too. The Bullingdon Club still accepts only boys. As far as I am aware, there is no equivalent secret society for girls.
If you’re a girl and you’re in a secret society, though, please let me know.
If you’re a girl and you’re not in a secret society, do me a favour: START ONE.
Thanks CJ! We’re off to start a secret society now where you can only be a part of it if you wear pajamas and watch the One Direction movie.
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