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Dec 9 2009

Boarding School Fiction

by Nancy M

300px-Hog2wartsFor some people, high school is four years that are fondly remembered as the best years in life. I am not one of those people. I started 9th grade as a New England transplant placed in a southern suburban high school of over 2,000 students. I hated every minute of it. I begged and pleaded with my parents to send me to boarding school back up north and they in turn, laughed at me. And while I begrudgingly made it through 4 tough years and moved on, I still can’t help but romanticize boarding school and dream of the school days I never had- cavorting around foggy school grounds, lessons in Charms and Divination, cheering on me mates at the Quidditch pitch, er…ok, so Hogwarts doesn’t really exist, but like I said, it’s a dream. Fantasy or reality, boarding schools make great settings for books. Below are a few of my favorites.

brayA Great and Terrible Beauty by Linda Bray

greenLooking for Alaska by John Green

halePrincess Academy by Shannon Hale

lockhartThe Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart

spudSpud by John Van de Ruit

Do you have any boarding school fiction recommendations?

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