Top Ten Back to School Books

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Top Ten Back to School Books

No, I don’t mean notebooks you write in… I mean books that predominantly take place at an boarding-school style institution for learning (with little to no influence from parents), or the school takes a large role in the plot!

I’m not even going to mention Harry Potter, but just in case you haven’t read it and don’t know, it’s predominantly about Harry attending the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry!

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

This book showcases Adelaide disguising herself as a lowly servant to escape an arranged marriage, then being trained up at a kind of finishing school for poor girls to act more like rich girls, to bag a husband. About half of the plot takes place at the school, where the girls compete with each other for prestige and rank.

House of Night by PC and Kristen Cast

Yes, I’m actually mentioning this series, even though it hurts my heart to do so. It primarily takes place at a school for new vampyres, or ‘fledgelings’. It’s terrible. Don’t read it.

Grave Mercy by Robin La Fevers

I read this a while ago and I don’t remember how much actually takes place at the school, but it’s the place where assassin nuns are trained in Brittany, France.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Another Mead book! This book series primarily takes place ath St Vladimir’s Academy, also known as Vampire Academy, a private boarding school that educates magical vampires and their half vampire or ‘dhampir’ bodyguards.

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

This book takes place in an alternate history Civil War era USA where people of colour are forced to become zombie slayers, and the first part takes place at a school for the training of said zombie slayers.

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

The first part of this fantasy novel takes place at a school that trains young people for a ‘passion’ – one of five or so arts they must master, like painting or wit.

Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

This contemporary book takes place at a prestigious New York ballet school, where the students also live.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

This contemporary novel repeats the same day over and over, like Groundhog Day, and since it’s set on a Friday, the protagonist, Sam, has to attend school. Or not.

New Girl by Paige Harbison

This contemporary retelling of Rebecca is set in a boarding school.

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E Weymouth

This post-war novel is set in London and the boarding school where the sisters attend plays a large part in the setting.



About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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