10. Paper Covers Rock, by Jenny Hubbard: In 1982 Buncombe County, NC, sixteen-year-old Alex Stromm writes of the aftermath of the accidental drowning of a friend, as his English teacher reaches out to him while he and a fellow boarding school student try to cover things up.
9. The Mockingbirds, by Daisy Whitney: When Alex, a junior at an elite preparatory school, realizes that she may have been the victim of date rape, she confides in her roommates and sister who convince her to seek help from a secret society, the Mockingbirds.
8. The Girls of No Return, by Erin Saldin: While this isn’t a boarding school in the traditional sense, it is a school for troubled girls, but it is still a school for teens to live and learn in a secluded environment. A troubled sixteen-year-old girl attending a wilderness school in the Idaho mountains must finally face the consequences of her complicated friendships with two of the other girls at the school.
7. Hex Hall, by Rachel Hawkins: When Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, she is exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.
6. A Great and Terrible Beauty, by Libba Bray: After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world.
5. Etiquette & Espionage, by Gail Carriger: In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is surprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.
4. Looking for Alaska, by John Green: Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
3. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You, by Ally Carter: As a sophomore at a secret spy school and the daughter of a former CIA operative, Cammie is sheltered from "normal teenage life" until she meets a local boy while on a class surveillance mission.
2. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart: Sophomore Frankie starts dating senior Matthew Livingston, but when he refuses to talk about the all-male secret society that he and his friends belong to, Frankie infiltrates the society in order to enliven their mediocre pranks.
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling: Really, what else could be our favorite boarding school book? Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.
~ Blog post by Stephanie Barta~
What do you think? Did I get it right? Did I leave any out? All of these picks are available at the Coventry Public Library. Check them out and let us know what you think!