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Book Riot's 50 Must-Read Books Set in Boarding Schools

"A surefire way to get me to pick up books (as a kid and also now) is by setting them in boarding schools. Hogwarts was the ultimate dream, but it clearly wasn't happening for me, so I turned to any other boarding school book I could get my hands on. There's something about setting kids, teens, and even adults in a closed-off, hyper-intense location with only one another to rely on. The rules are different, everyone's on their own, the mood is always tense, and I love it.
Obviously Harry Potter makes this list, and even other well-known powerhouses like Looking for Alaska use this boarding school setting well, but I've tried to compile recent and lesser-known must-read books set in boarding schools. May we all dream of one day being accepted to the boarding school of our dreams."
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Dark Rooms (Lili Anolik)
Dark Rooms (Lili Anolik)
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Tiny Pretty Things (Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton)
Tiny Pretty Things (Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton)
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Truly Devious (Maureen Johnson)
Truly Devious (Maureen Johnson)
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When the Ground Is Hard (Malla Nunn)
When the Ground Is Hard (Malla Nunn)
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The Secret Place (Tana French)
The Secret Place (Tana French)
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Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)
Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)
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Bright Burning Stars (A.K. Small)
Bright Burning Stars (A.K. Small)
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Girlhood (Cat Clarke)
Girlhood (Cat Clarke)
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Atlas of Men (David Sklar)
Atlas of Men (David Sklar)
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Fence Vol. 1 (C.S. Pacat)
Fence Vol. 1 (C.S. Pacat)
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Belzhar (Meg Wolitzer)
Belzhar (Meg Wolitzer)
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The Islanders (F.J.Campbell)
The Islanders (F.J.Campbell)
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Winger (Andrew Smith)
Winger (Andrew Smith)
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Jellicoe Road (Melina Marchetta)
Jellicoe Road (Melina Marchetta)
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The Similars Book 1 (Rebecca Hanover)
The Similars Book 1 (Rebecca Hanover)
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Skippy Dies (Paul Murray)
Skippy Dies (Paul Murray)
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Little & Lion (Brandy Colbert)
Little & Lion (Brandy Colbert)
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Anna and the French Kiss (Stephanie Perkins)
Anna and the French Kiss (Stephanie Perkins)
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All These Beautiful Strangers (Elizabeth Klehfoth)
All These Beautiful Strangers (Elizabeth Klehfoth)
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A Study in Charlotte (Brittany Cavallaro)
A Study in Charlotte (Brittany Cavallaro)
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Hysteria (Megan Miranda)
Hysteria (Megan Miranda)
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The Girl in the Picture (Alexandra Monir)
The Girl in the Picture (Alexandra Monir)
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Girls With Sharp Sticks (Suzanne Young)
Girls With Sharp Sticks (Suzanne Young)
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Shadow of the Lions (Christopher Swann)
Shadow of the Lions (Christopher Swann)
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The House Martin (William Parker)
The House Martin (William Parker)
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The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (E. Lockhart)
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (E. Lockhart)
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The Poppy War (R. F. Kuang)
The Poppy War (R. F. Kuang)
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Dread Nation (Justina Ireland)
Dread Nation (Justina Ireland)
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Shadow and Bone (Leigh Bardugo)
Shadow and Bone (Leigh Bardugo)
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Girl Gone Viral (Arvin Ahmadi)
Girl Gone Viral (Arvin Ahmadi)
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Magic for Liars (Sarah Gailey)
Magic for Liars (Sarah Gailey)
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Gotham Academy (Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher)
Gotham Academy (Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher)
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Akata Witch (Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu)
Akata Witch (Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu)
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Changeling (Molly Harper)
Changeling (Molly Harper)
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Supermutant Magic Academy (Jillian Tamaki)
Supermutant Magic Academy (Jillian Tamaki)
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The Beast Player (Nahoko Uehashi)
The Beast Player (Nahoko Uehashi)
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Every Heart a Doorway (Seanan McGuire)
Every Heart a Doorway (Seanan McGuire)
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The Novice (Taran Matharu)
The Novice (Taran Matharu)
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An Ember in the Ashes (Sabaa Tahir)
An Ember in the Ashes (Sabaa Tahir)
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The Nightmare Affair (Mindee Arnett)
The Nightmare Affair (Mindee Arnett)
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