It’s back to school week…where did the summer go? In honor of the new school year I have created a list of my favorite books featuring boarding schools that may not be as well-known as Hogwarts.
1. The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter. The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a top-secret spy school for girls.
2. The Curse of the Blue Tattoo by L.A. Meyer. Jacky Faber is sent to The Lawson Peabody School for Girls. Most of her time there is a disaster, but she does learn “The Look,” which serves her well in future adventures.
3. Gone series by Michael Grant. The Coates Academy is a private school located near Perdido Beach. This elite boarding school is were wealthy families send their troubled teens. Many of the powerful players in the FAYZ come from Coates.
4. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins. Hecate Hall (aka Hex Hall) is a boarding school for delinquent children of magical beings.
5. Looking for Alaska by John Green. This debut novel and winner of the Michael L. Prinz award takes place at the Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama.
6. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. The title character is the mastermind behind a number of brilliant and anonymous pranks at the prestigious Alabaster Preparatory Academy.
7. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I cannot remember the name of the American school in Paris, but that is not important. What is important is that this very awesome book takes place in a boarding school in Paris.
8. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. The Spence Academy for Young Ladies is the setting for this Victorian-era paranormal tale. This is the first book in the Gemma Doyle trilogy.
9. Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman. Two girls in search of Mr. Darcy-like boyfriends crash a dance at the town’s exclusive boy’s school.
10. Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney. This one is on my TBR list. It’s a book about date rape and how one group of students band together to address the issue.