Boarding schools!

I love Once Upon a Bookshelf‘s Listed feature, where 10 books with a similar theme or trope are put together in a list. I’ve been wanting to do something similar for myself, so I’m yanking the idea and calling it “Birdwatching” because I thought it sounded vaguely clever. Yes/no?

I’ve been obsessed with boarding schools since I was a kid. I don’t know how I was introduced to the idea of them, but I’m guessing it was the Madeline books. I loved those books and I loved Madeline– I even had a Madeline DOLL which of course I lost somewhere back in Maryland. Anyway, boarding schools were, to me, amazing places where you lived without your parents with a bunch of other kids and you had adventures and secrets and, occasionally, homework. I desperately wanted to go to boarding school, preferably in Europe!, but of course it was too expensive and I in no way had the grade to qualify for scholarships and such. So I had to live vicariously through book characters instead.

Here are some of my favorite books that take place in a boarding school:

  1. Bloomability by Sharon Creech (1998).
  2. Spying on Miss Muller by Eve Bunting (1996).
  3. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1904).
  4. Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones (1982).
  5. the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (1997-2007).
  6. Looking for Alaska by John Green (2005).
  7. The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events #5) by Lemony Snicket (2000).

Do you like reading about boarding schools? What are some of your favorite boarding school books?

0 thoughts on “Boarding schools!”

  1. I really like reading about boarding schools..maybe it’s because I went to boarding school myself and I like to read about the experiences the characters have. My favorite boarding school book is A Separate Peace by John Knowles. It’s very serious, but moving.

  2. I think “Birdwatching” is an awesome name for a feature. I think the only books I’ve read that take place at boarding school are the Harry Potter books and The Magicians, although technically it is a college. But still, it’s deconstructing Potter and Narnia, so I think it ought to work.

  3. Oh, I love boarding school stories! My favourite was the Malory Towers series by Enid Blyton, to the point where I attempted to get people to call me by one of the character’s names. Strangely, it didn’t catch on!

  4. I just reread Bloomability, and it was just as lovable as I remembered it being. Those are all excellent boarding school books you have there. I just read this book called The Fall of Rome, about a black Latin teacher at an all-boys boarding school, and that was really interesting. And have you read Gunnerkrigg Court? It’s a webcomic that takes place in a boarding school. And oh, Eva Ibbotson’s The Dragonfly Pool!

  5. Ohhh!! I like this topic!! I even did my own on this one last year (here).

    My favourite boarding school books are the Gallagher Girls books by Ally Carter, the Harry Potter ones, and Arthur Slade’s Jolted!

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