I consider myself to be a simple person. I see the words “boarding school” and I add it to my TBR. Seriously, I am a sucker for any and all boarding school/ preppy books. I now present my top 10 boarding school recommendations!
Number One: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
If you are a mystery lover, like myself, you have no doubt heard of this fantastic trilogy by now. Truly Devious follows the new student Stevie Bell at the elite Ellingham Academy in the mountains of Vermont. The school was founded by Albert Ellingham, whose wife and daughter were kidnapped and murdered shortly after the founding of the school, back in the 1930s. Now present day, Stevie decides to investigate the unsolved case for a school project, but murder might just strike at Ellingham again…
Number Two: Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter
This classic 6 book series is a must for anyone who loves spies, girl bosses, and boarding schools. It follows Cammie “The Chameleon” Morgan as she navigates the ups and down of ancient terrorist groups, boys, and more at the secretive spy training school the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women.
Number Three: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
The only thing I love more than mystery books is if ghosts are involved. Especially if mysteries involving ghosts are taking place at a boarding school. Hence, my love of The Name of the Star. Rory is a new student at a posh boarding school in England. What she didn’t expect from the school year was a copycat of Jack the Ripper terrorizing London. She also didn’t expect to be one of the only people able to see the killer…
Number Four: Killing November by Adriana Mather
Killing November is about a girl named November Adley who was sent to a boarding school she knew nothing about. But it doesn’t take long for November to realize the schools trains members of a secret society covertly ruling the world. It also does not take her long to realize that someone at the school wants her dead for reasons she can’t understand.
Number Five: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Okay, okay. So this book isn’t technically about a boarding school, but it is about a small home where five teenagers live together with three adults. This home isn’t ordinary, though. Cassie, Dean, Michael, Lia, and Sloane are being trained in a special program by the FBI to help solve cold cases with their unique skills. Cassie and Dean are profilers, Michael an emotion reader, Lia a human lie detector, and Sloane a walking encyclopedia. But when Cassie joins the program, murders start striking a little too close to home…