YA Books Set at Boarding Schools
Head back to school with Brilliant Books!
It's that time of the year again! Some students have just started classes, and the rest are staring down the end of their summer holidays. But of course, the school year brings its own share of adventures. There are new friendships, new opportunities, and plenty to learn, both inside the classroom and out of it!
In celebration of the new school year, we're highlighting some YA favorites that take place in boarding school. Whether you're in the mood for a heartfelt coming of age story or an exciting adventure complete with magic, mystery, and mayhem, you'll find it here.
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
The first book in a witty, suspenseful new series about a brilliant new crime-solving duo: the teen descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. It doesn't seem like Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are meant to be friend, but when a classmate at their Connecticuit boarding school, the two are pulled into a thrilling new mystery—and each others' lives.
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It is also shrouded in a centuries-old mystery that remains unsolved: one which first year student (and true-crime aficionado) Stevie Bell is determined to solve. But when death revisits Ellingham, it starts to feel like the past is crawling out of its grave...
Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
When two Niveus Private Academy students, Devon Richards and Chiamaka Adebayo, are selected to be part of the elite school’s senior class prefects, it looks like their year is off to an amazing start. But shortly after their selection, the anonymous "Aces" started revealing their secrets. As Aces shows no sign of stopping, what seemed like a sick prank quickly turns into an incredibly dangerous game...
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen. At least, that's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right. Simon's life is in shambles (with an absent mentor, a failing relationship, and a magic-destroying monster wearing Simon's face!), and Baz would be having a field day if he was here, but he hasn't turned up this year. In fact, Baz is nowhere to be found...
A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee
The history of Dalloway School lives in the bones it was built on. Five violent deaths in the first ten years of its existence. Sometimes you can still smell the blood on the air. But when two girls start investigating deaths, the past threatens to invade the present...
In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner
Life in a small Appalachian town is not easy. Cash lost his mother to an opioid addiction and his Papaw is dying slowly from emphysema. But when his best friend Delaney manages to secure both of them full rides to an elite prep school in Connecticut, Cash has to chose between his love for Delaney and his love for his grandparents—and the town that raised him.
Winger by Andrew Smith
Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he’s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to what’s important, even when it feels like everything has fallen apart...
When All the Girls Are Sleeping by Emily Aarsenault
Haley attends Windham-Farnswood Academy, a beautiful and prestigious school with a big secret: each January, the senior dorm is visited by the Winter Girl. This year, the Winter Girl's visit coincides with the one-year anniversary of Haley's best friend Taylor—and Haley's realization that Taylor might have been murdered. As Haley digs into what really happened last year, her search keeps bringing her back to the Winter Girl.
Daugher of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war...
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, eighteen months into quarantine, Bryatt has gone missing, and Hetty will do anything to find her. Even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. Even if it means uncovering truths she never wanted to learn...
Killing November by Adriana Mather
The Academy Absconditi has no internet, an archaic eye-for-an-eye punishment system, and a student body full of assassins, spies, and impersonators in training. November doesn't know how an ordinary girl like her fits into the school's complicated legacy. But when a student is murdered, she'll need to separate her enemies from her allies before the crime gets pinned or her...or she becomes the killer's next victim.
We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained upper class life in an incredibly polarized society. Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student, but she is sitting on a secret that could destroy her future: her pedigree is a lie. When she is asked to spy for a resistance group, she must choose whether to hold on to the privilege her parents fought for or to give up everything to fight for equality—and a chance at forbidden love.
Don't Breathe a Word by Jordyn Taylor
In the present day, outsider Eva is invited to join an elite secret society at Hardwick Preperatory Academy. In 1962, Connie volunteers to participate a test of Hardwick's nuclear fallout shelter. Seperated by decades yet inexorably intertwined, Eva and Connie both realize that Hardwick has more secrets than they every realized...
They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman
In Gold Coast, Long Island, everything from the expensive downtown shops to the manicured beaches, to the pressed uniforms of Jill Newman and her friends, looks perfect. But as Jill found out three years ago, nothing is as it seems. Now, in Jill's senior year, an old mystery is ripped wide open. And as she digs deeper, her dreams of the perfect year begin to crumble as she finds her friendships—and her future—in jeopardy.
Redemption Prep by Samuel Miller
Emma stands out, which is hard to do at Redemption Prep, a school where every student has been handpicked to attend its remote campus in the forest of Utah. So when she goes missing in plain sight during mass, everyone notices. Emma’s disappearance ignites an investigation, but as the search continues, the students start to realize that they’re not the only ones trying to hide something. Redemption Prep has secrets too, and Emma could be the key to finding out the truth . . . if anyone can find her.
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
El attends a school for the magically gifted—a school with monsters instead of teachers, and where survival is never guaranteed. But the most dangerous thing in this place of darkness and death might just be El herself...