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Boarding Schools: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about boarding schools?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to boarding schools. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about boarding schools.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

We hope this list of kids books about boarding schools can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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The School for Good and Evil
Written by & illustrated by Iacopo Bruno
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Soon to be a major motion picture from Netflix!The New York Times bestselling School for Good and Evil series is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one. Start here to follow Sophie, Agatha, and everyone at school from the beginning!With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil.The two girls soon find their fortunes reversed–Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School for Good, thrust among handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are?Don’t miss the thrilling conclusion to the beloved series, The School for Good and Evil #6: One True King, available June 2020!–Maria Tatar, Chair of Folklore and Mythology Program, Harvard University and Editor of The Classic Fairy Tales

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Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls
Written & illustrated by Beth McMullen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-13

Twelve-year-old Abigail’s shocked to discover her elite boarding school is really a cover for a huge spy ring, and must undergo Spy Training 101 in order to save her mother–who happens to be the spy ring’s top agent.

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Anna and the French Kiss
Written by Stephanie Perkins
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 12-18

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?

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Looking for Alaska
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 14-18

Miles Pudge Halter befriends some fellow boarding-school students and falls in love with Alaska Young, the razor-sharp, self-destructive nucleus of the group. When tragedy strikes, Pudge discovers the value of unconditional love. Speak

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The Name of the Star
Written by Maureen Johnson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 12-18

New York Times bestseller Maureen Johnson takes on Jack the Ripper in this captivating paranormal thriller! The day that Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school is also the day a series of brutal murders breaks out over the city, killings mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper spree of more than a century ago. Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him–the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target. In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

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  • A Separate Peace - Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. An American classic and great bestseller for over thirty years, A Separate Peace is timeless in its description of adolescence during a period when the entire country was losing its innocence to World War II. Set at a boys’ boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world.

  • A Little Princess - Following Sterling’s spectacularly successful launch of its children’s classic novels (240,000 books in print to date), comes a dazzling new series: Classic Starts. The stories are abridged; the quality is complete. Classic Starts treats the world’s beloved tales (and children) with the respect they deserve–all at an incomparable price. Poor Sara Crewe. Once upon a time her beloved father pampered and adored her. But ever since he died, leaving her alone and penniless, she’s been caught in the cruel clutches of Miss Minchin, the headmistress at the Select Seminary for Young Ladies, where Sara once studied. But no matter how terrible things get, Sara always has her imagination and goodness of heart to carry her through. This timeless tale of a poor orphan has won children’s hearts for a century–and continues to be a favorite.

  • Olivia and Snowflake - What if your best friend was a unicorn? Chapter book readers are flocking to this magical series, where everyone is paired with their very own unicorn! Imagine a school where you meet your own unicorn and have amazing adventures together! That’s what happens for the girls at Unicorn Academy on beautiful Unicorn Island. Olivia hopes her sweet unicorn, Snowflake, will discover her magic before graduation day! Everyone is busy decorating Unicorn Academy for the graduation ball, but it looks like someone is trying to ruin the party. Can Olivia and Snowflake save the day and the school? Fans of Rainbow Magic, Purrmaids, and Princess Ponies will love this new chapter book series about the magic of bonding with your own unicorn.

  • Under Suspicion - Friday Barnes, girl detective, is… under arrest?! Getting arrested was the last thing Friday expected after solving the swamp-yeti mystery at her boarding school. But she better clear her name fast! She’s got new cases to investigate, like a scandalous quiche bake-off, a decades old mystery buried in her school’s backyard, and why the new boy, Christopher, is being so nice to her. More adventures and intrigue ensue in Under Suspicion: A Friday Barnes Mystery, the second book in the illustrated Friday Barnes mystery series, starring a genius detective with the brains (and social skills) of Sherlock Holmes.

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Gretel Pushes Back
Written by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Gretel joins the Grimmtastic quest for justice in a world where the E.V.I.L. Society must be stopped… and finds a candy cottage along the way.The charming Grimmtastic Girls series continues!

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Never Fear
Written by R. A. Spratt
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-11

Friday’s time at Highcrest is running out! The new headmaster is turning everything upside down. Friday’s irritatingly high IQ has her fast-tracked to graduation, while a pair of incriminating pants puts Ian on the rocky road to expulsion. When a rumor emerges of embezzled gold stashed on the school grounds, Friday is determined to uncover the truth. But some big questions remain: Can she stay out of detention long enough to solve the mystery? How will Melanie survive without Friday to tell her what class she’s in? And will Friday ever get that first kiss with Ian? With implosions and explosions everywhere, Friday Barnes will have to use her head and get a grip on her beating heart.

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Layla and Dancer
Written by Julie Sykes & illustrated by Lucy Truman
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

What if your best friend was a unicorn? Chapter book readers are flocking to this magical series, where everyone is paired with their very own unicorn! Imagine a school where you meet your own unicorn and have amazing adventures together! That’s what happens for the girls at Unicorn Academy on beautiful Unicorn Island. Layla can’t believe how lucky she is to be at Unicorn Academy! She loves her kind and caring unicorn, Dancer. Layla just wishes she wasn’t so afraid when Dancer jumps and rides fast like their friends. But when the trees around Sparkle Lake start to die, Layla must face her fears and go on a thrilling adventure to find the cure! Fans of Rainbow Magic, Purrmaids, and Princess Ponies will love this new chapter book series about the magic of bonding with your own unicorn. Be sure to read all the books in this magical series! Don’t miss any books in the magical new spin-off series, Unicorn Academy Nature Magic!

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Big Trouble
Written by R. A. Spratt & illustrated by Phil Gosier
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The mystery hits close to home when Friday learns her mother has been kidnapped. But she’s distracted by other happenings at school: a new VIP student (a Norwegian princess!) has just arrived and a master thief called the Pimpernel is causing chaos across campus. Can Friday crack the case of her missing mother, reign in a royal brat, and unmask the elusive Pimpernel?

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The Falcon's Feather
Written by Trudi Trueit
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

It’s an adventure of a lifetime when Cruz Coronado sets sail for the shores of Iceland and Norway aboard the Explorer Academy ship to continue his studies at sea. But, things take a turn while exploring the icy north, when he embarks on a dangerous mission to uncover the first piece of an important puzzle his mother left behind. In the exciting follow-up to The Nebula Secret in the 7-book Explorer Academy series, Cruz, Sailor, and Emmett, along with their new ally Bryndis, embark on their first globe-trotting mission aboard the ship Orion. Cruz jumps right back into school and starts using the latest technology in submersible underwater dives, but is soon reminded of the dangers of exploration when his equipment fails and he almost drowns. Determined to keep his eyes on the prize, Cruz sneaks away to try to find answers, but unknowingly lures his friends into bigger trouble. When a friend of Cruz’s mom meets an untimely end, Cruz’s luck really seems about to run out and the questions multiply. What does the message mean? Where will it lead? Who is following him? And why? This captivating book is the sequel every Explorer Academy fan is waiting to read!

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  • The Whispering Wars - From the award-winning Jaclyn Moriarty comes a spellbinding tale of unlikely friendship, unexpected magic and competitive athletics.The town of Spindrift is frequented by all kinds of Shadow Mages and charlatans.It’s also home to the Orphanage School, where Finlay lives with Glim, Taya, and Eli. Just outside town is the painfully posh Brathelthwaite Boarding School, home to Honey Bee, Hamish, and Victor, Duke of Ainsley. When the two schools compete at the Spindrift Tournament, the stakes are high, tensions are higher, and some people are out to win at any cost. Before long, the orphans and the boarding school kids are at each other’s throats.And then the Whispering Wars break out, and Spindrift is thrust onto the front lines. Children are being stolen; witches, sirens, and a deadly magical flu invade the town; and all attempts to fight back are met with defeat.Finlay, Honey Bee, and their friends must join forces to outwit the encroaching forces of darkness, rescue the stolen children, and turn the tide of the war. But how can one bickering troupe outwit the insidious power of the Whisperers?

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  • Alice-Miranda Takes the Stage - Girls who are fans of Judy Moody, Matilda and Clementine will love spunky Alice-Miranda!Alice-Miranda is thrilled to be back at Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale Academy for Proper Young Ladies, where the girls are rehearsing a play with the neighboring boys’ school. But it’s not all glamour and stage lights: there are rumors of a witch in the woods, and Alice-Miranda’s friends, Jacinta and Millie, are clashing with Sloan Sykes, a rude new student whose pushy mother comes up with a get-rich scheme that could have disastrous results. When Alice-Miranda learns of the plot, she tries to set things right–and on the night of the big performance, no less!

  • Isabel and Cloud - What if your best friend was a unicorn? Chapter book readers are flocking to this magical series, where everyone is paired with their very own unicorn! Imagine a school where you meet your own unicorn and have amazing adventures together! That’s what happens for the girls at Unicorn Academy on beautiful Unicorn Island. Isabel and Cloud are finding it hard to get along. Isabel is adventurous and Cloud is more cautious and (Isabel thinks) dull. But when they go off on a thrilling adventure along the coast of Unicorn Island, the two become best friends in the face of terrible danger! The Unicorn Academy series is filled with special friendships! Which adventure will you read next? Be sure to read all the books in this magical series! Don’t miss any books in the magical new spin-off series, Unicorn Academy Nature Magic!

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Wakestone Hall
Written by Judith Rossell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-

THE MAGICAL CONCLUSION TO STELLA’S AWARD-WINNING STORY Stella Montgomery is in disgrace. The Aunts have sent her to Wakestone Hall, a grim boarding school where the disobedient are tamed and the wilful are made meek. But when a friend disappears, Stella is determined to find her - no matter the danger …Soon Stella is thrown deeper into the mysteries of Wakestone … and her own past. Will Stella save her friend in time? And will she discover - at long last - where she truly belongs?Bestselling writer-illustrator Judith Rossell returns with the breathtaking final adventure in this award-winning series. Winner - 2019 Davitt Awards SERIES AWARDSWithering-by-Sea (Book 1)Winner - 2015 Indie Awards, Book of the Year: Children’s & YAWinner - 2015 Australian Book Industry Awards, Book of the Year: Older ChildrenWinner - 2015 Davitt AwardsHonour Book - 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia AwardsShortlisted - 2015 Prime Minister’s Literary AwardsShortlisted - 2014 Aurealis AwardsShortlisted - 2017 Australian Book Design AwardsWormwood Mire (Book 2)Winner - 2017 Davitt AwardsShortlisted - 2017 Indie Awards, Book of the Year: Children’s & YAShortlisted - 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards, Book of the Year: Older ChildrenShortlisted - 2017 ABA Booksellers’ Choice AwardShortlisted - 2017 Australian Book Design AwardsNotable Book - 2017 Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards

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Classroom Chaos
Written by Sue Bentley & illustrated by Angela Swan
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

When Abi walks into her dorm room on her first day at a new boarding school, she is immediately picked to be the school bully’s target for the year. Lucky for her, Flame has just transported himself to the human world and they become fast friends. Flame uses his magic spells to take on the school bully and help Abi make new friends along the way!

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Scarlett and Blaze
Written by Julie Sykes & illustrated by Lucy Truman
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

What if your best friend was a unicorn? Chapter book readers are flocking to this magical series, where everyone is paired with their very own unicorn! Imagine a school where you meet your own unicorn and have amazing adventures together! That’s what happens for the girls at Unicorn Academy on beautiful Unicorn Island. Scarlett and Blaze love being at Unicorn Academy. But magical Sparkle Lake is starting to ice over and the school might have to close! Scarlett and Blaze can’t bear to be parted, so they decide to find out who’s behind the big freeze and make things right. . . . Fans of Rainbow Magic, Purrmaids, and Princess Ponies will love this new chapter book series about the magic of bonding with your own unicorn. Be sure to read all the books in this magical series! Don’t miss any books in the magical new spin-off series, Unicorn Academy Nature Magic!

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Ava and Star
Written by Julie Sykes & illustrated by Lucy Truman
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

What if your best friend was a unicorn? Chapter book readers are flocking to this magical series, where everyone is paired with their very own unicorn! Imagine a school where you meet your own unicorn and have amazing adventures together! That’s what happens for the girls at Unicorn Academy on beautiful Unicorn Island. Ava and Star love their beautiful garden at Unicorn Academy. It’s where they grow their very own magical plants! When the sky berries that the unicorns need to survive disappear, Ava and Star will need all their skills and courage to help their friends. Can they find more of the special berries before every unicorn’s magic starts to fade? The Unicorn Academy series is going at full throttle! Which adventure will you read next? Be sure to read all the books in this magical series! Don’t miss any books in the magical new spin-off series, Unicorn Academy Nature Magic!

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One True King
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-13

Soon to be a major motion picture from Netflix!In this sixth and final installment in Soman Chainani’s New York Times bestselling epic fantasy fairy tale series, the School for Good and Evil, Camelot’s crown–and the fate of the Endless Woods–are up for grabs.Beyond Good and Evil. Beyond Ever Afters. The tale of Sophie and Agatha comes to a dramatic conclusion. Prepare yourself for the End of Ends.The first test was passed.Excalibur pulled from the stone.A new king named.But two claim the crown.The sword returns to the stone, for only one is the true king.Who? The future I have seen has many possibilities…So by my will, none shall be crowned until the Tournament is complete.The Tournament of Kings.Three trials.Three answers to find.A race to the finish.My last coronation test.Excalibur will crown the winner and take the loser’s head.The first test is coming. Prepare . . . –King ArthurGreat for summer reading or anytime! A Today show pick for “25 children’s books your kids and teens won’t be able to put down this summer!

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  • No Rules - In the fourth book of the Friday Barnes Mystery series, can Friday Barnes prove Ian’s innocence, find the Highcrest Academy prankster, and save her school? If it involves running, then probably no, but if not . . . Friday’s on the case!

  • The Star Dunes - Cruz, Sailor, Emmett, and the gang are on their way to Africa when Nebula misses their intended target and someone close to Cruz ends up on the brink of death. Secrets creep out from the shadows and leave Cruz with more questions than answers in this fourth title in the hit series. A major discovery forces the Explorer Academy into the limelight in The Star Dunes, but Cruz has much more on his mind than 15 minutes of fame. A new face on board the ship brings Cruz’s worlds colliding, just as a major close call tears them apart. En route to Africa, Team Cousteau is now down a major player, and Cruz can’t help but be preoccupied by the hole in his life. The discovery of his mom’s next clue leads him to the most exotic location yet–a vast desert–with no other information to lead the way, while an unlikely ally helps Cruz pursue another piece of the puzzle. Just as things seem like they might turn out alright, Dr. Fanchon Quills has a technological breakthrough which gives Cruz a glimpse into the past and reveals more about his future than he may really want to know.

  • The Double Helix - The mystery deepens and the action intensifies for 12-year-old Cruz Coronado and friends in the exciting third book in the Explorer Academy series. The adventure continues for Cruz, Emmett, Sailor, and Bryndis as they continue their studies at sea and travel to exotic locations around the world. A mysterious person alerts Cruz to impending danger while he and a few trusted pals explore ancient ruins in Petra, Jordan, and search for another piece of the puzzle his mother left behind. Worst of all, now his father has gone missing, which prompts Aunt Marisol, his number one protector, to leave the ship in search of him. Who is the new professor who takes her place? How does the new technology he introduces help or hurt Cruz’s quest? Why is Nebula determined to stop Cruz before he turns 13? The clock is ticking as his first teen birthday draws near … a milestone that will change his life forever, one way or another.

  • Gorilla Tactics - The second book in this hilarious, illustrated series cracks the imaginative world of minions wide open, and we meet the other schools and Evil Overlords that surround Dr. Critchlore’s.

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Double Cross
Written by Beth McMullen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-13

Shannon Hale’s Princess Academy meets Stu Gibbs’s Spy School series in the third book in the Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls series.

Abby and her classmates have all been invited to Briar Academy to participate in The Challenge, a prep school competition where teams compete for prizes and the glory of being the best of the best. While there, they figure out their nemesis, The Ghost, is using Briar as headquarters to plan a devastating attack on his enemies (a.k.a.: pretty much everyone) using a brand-new invention Toby developed. And this time, The Center and Mrs. Smith will be of no help as Abby suspects there is someone working for The Ghost on the inside–and they can trust no one.

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When We Were Alone
Written by & illustrated by Julie Flett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When a young girl helps tend to her grandmother’s garden, she begins to notice things that make her curious. Why does her grandmother have long, braided hair and beautifully coloured clothing? Why does she speak another language and spend so much time with her family? As she asks her grandmother about these things, she is told about life in a residential school a long time ago, where all of these things were taken away. When We Were Alone is a story about a difficult time in history, and, ultimately, one of empowerment and strength.Also available in a bilingual Swampy Cree/English edition.When We Were Alone won the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award in the Young People’s Literature (Illustrated Books) category, and was nominated for the TD Canadian’s Children’s Literature Award.

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Alice-Miranda to the Rescue
Written by Jacqueline Harvey
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

It’s the start of term at Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale, and Alice-Miranda and her friends are over the moon to learn about one of the school’s new charity projects–they are going to become the proud carers of a dog rescued from a nearby pound! To add to the excitement, there are whispers of a wedding between their two favorite teachers. Meanwhile, the local village is about to host the country’s largest dog show–however, at the last moment the grounds are deemed unfit for competition. The school is called upon as a replacement venue, and preparations head into overdrive. Along with the dog show come a number of bizarre characters–some are strange, while some are just downright unpleasant. While walking the school’s new dog, Alice-Miranda and Millie stumble upon something very worrying and will have to act fast in order to save the day!

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Sophia and Rainbow
Written by Julie Sykes & illustrated by Lucy Truman
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

What if your best friend was a unicorn? Chapter book readers will love this magical new series about a school where every rider gets a unicorn to call her own! Imagine a school where you meet your own unicorn and learn to talk to them! Sophia is sure she and her unicorn, Rainbow will be great partners, but their first test isn’t a part of their lessons. Sparkle Lake gives unicorns their magic, and when it starts turning a funny color, everything goes wrong! Can Sophia and Rainbow brave the dangerous woods to save the unicorns’ magic? Fans of Rainbow Magic, Purrmaids, and Princess Ponies will love this new chapter book series about the magic of bonding with your own unicorn.

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Girl Detective
Written by R. A. Spratt & illustrated by Phil Gosier
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Imagine if Sherlock Holmes was an eleven-year-old girl!

When Friday Barnes, girl genius, solves a bank robbery, she uses the reward money to send herself to Highcrest Academy, the most exclusive boarding school in the country—and discovers it’s a hotbed of crime!

Soon she’s investigating everything from disappearing homework to the terrifying Yeti haunting the school swamp. But the biggest mystery yet is Ian Wainscott, the handsomest (and most arrogant) boy in school who inexplicably hates her. Will the homework be found? Can they ever track down the Yeti? And why is Ian out to ruin her?

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  • Bitter Enemies - When four former headmasters arrive at Highcrest Academy to take part in the school’s anniversary celebrations, the students are warned to be on their best behavior. Unfortunately, no one told the headmasters to stay out of mischief too! Which means Friday Barnes soon has a case to solve. But unraveling the truth isn’t easy when the whole school is being forced to eat paleo because the cook is on a diet; her best friend’s brother won’t stop blubbering about the terrible boat accident he may or may not have caused; and Friday is being trailed by a mysterious admirer–or is it a stalker? Can Friday find the facts among the mayhem?

  • Killer Mission - MISSION: To investigate the shady goings-on at the exclusive private boarding school Willis Firth Academy. LOCATION: The mountains of New England. POTENTIAL VICTIMS: The brothers of Gamma Theta Theta, the most elite fraternity on campus, seem to be on the receiving end of all of Firth’s biggest (and most dangerous) problems. SUSPECTS: The members of the frat may seem like brothers to everyone else, but Gamma Theta Theta insiders know that within the ivy-covered walls the boys are definitely not one big happy family…. This mission requires your immediate attention. This message will be erased in five seconds.

  • Zombie School - When the reader gets selected to attend Ranewash, the best boarding school in the country, he or she may find that class is not quite what they expect, in a spine-tingling tale with more than twenty different endings

  • The Unfairest of Them All - It’s the aftermath of Legacy Day, the day when the students at Ever After High are supposed to pledge to follow in their fairytale parents’ footsteps, and everyone is in a huff and a puff! Raven Queen, daughter of the Evil Queen, has refused to sign the Storybook of Legends, rejecting her story–and putting everyone else’s in jeopardy. The Royal Apple White doesn’t want to think Raven is being a rebellious pain, but Raven’s choice means Apple might never get the poisoned apple, Prince Charming, and a kingdom to rule. Behind Apple stands the Royals, those who want to play by the book and embrace their stories. The Rebels, supporters of Raven, believe in breaking free from destiny and writing their own stories. But when the chaos and rivalry land wonderlandiful Madeline Hatter in trouble, Raven and Apple must bring the Royals and the Rebels together to shut the book on their feud before it threatens to end all of their Happily Ever Afters once and for all. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…Who’e the Unfairest of Them All?Don’t miss Book #1, Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends!

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Sparkling Steps
Written by Sue Bentley & illustrated by Angela Swan
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

Olivia is nervous about going to a new ballet school. It turns out she’s better than most of the girls in her class! When her classmates start acting jealous, Olivia doesn’t know what to do. Luckily she finds a lovable blue-gray kitten and things start to look up!

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Someone Named Eva
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-12

A gripping tale of one girl’s struggle against the Nazis. “Remember who you are, Milada.” Milada’s grandmother says these words on the night the Nazi soldiers come to their home in Czechoslovakia. But what do they mean? She is Milada, who lives with her mama and papa, her brother and sister, and her beloved Babichka. Milada with the sun-kissed hair, eleven years old, fastest runner in her school. How could she ever forget?Then the Nazis send Milada to a Lebensborn center in Poland, and Milada quickly discovers that holding on to her true identity will be the greatest struggle of her young life.

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Alice-Miranda at School
Written by Jacqueline Harvey
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Move over Matilda and Madeline, there’s a charming miniature heroine ready to make her mark! Her name is Alice-Miranda–and she’s full of spunk! Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith-Kennigton-Jones can’t wait to start boarding school. When she arrives at Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale Academy for Proper Young Ladies, the adventure begins . . . only not quite as Alice-Miranda expects. The minute she sets foot on the school’s manicured grounds, she senses that something is wrong: Miss Grimm, the headmistress, is nowhere to be seen, the gardens have no flowers, and a mysterious stranger seems to be hiding out on the premises. But that’s not all. Some girls are mean and spoiled, like Alethea Goldsworthy. Can Alice-Miranda defeat Alethea in one of three difficult tests she must pass to remain at school? Will she discover Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale’s big secret–and make things right? Well, if anyone can, it’s spunky Alice-Miranda!

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The Mystwick School of Musicraft
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-12

Humor and heart shine in this middle grade fantasy about a girl who attends a boarding school to learn how to use music to create magic, perfect for fans of Nevermoor and The School for Good and Evil series. Amelia Jones always dreamed of attending the Mystwick School of Musicraft, where the world’s most promising musicians learn to create magic. So when Amelia botches her audition, she thinks her dream has met an abrupt and humiliating end–until the school agrees to give her a trial period. Amelia is determined to prove herself, vowing to do whatever it takes to become the perfect musician. Even if it means pretending to be someone she isn’t. Meanwhile, a mysterious storm is brewing that no one, not even the maestros at Mystwick, is prepared to contain. Can Amelia find the courage to be true to herself in time to save her beloved school from certain destruction?

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The Storybook of Legends
Written by Shannon Hale
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Releasing for the first time in paperback is Shannon Hale’s The Storybook of Legends. This book started the hugely popular EAH franchise! At Ever After High, the children of fairytale legends prepare to fulfill their destinies as the next Snow Whites, Princes, and Evil Queens. Each year on Legacy Day, students sign the Storybook of Legends to seal their scripted fates. For generations, the Village of Book End has whispered that refusing to sign means The End—both for a story and for a life. As daughter of the Evil Queen, Raven Queen’s destiny is to follow in her mother’s footsteps, but evil is not Raven’s style. She wonders what if she rewrote her own story? Apple White, daughter of Snow White, has a happy ever after planned for herself as long as Raven feeds her a poison apple in their future.

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  • The Downward Spiral - “Will leave you dying to know more.” –Rick Riordan, author of the #1 bestselling Percy Jackson seriesThe New York Times bestselling author of the Peter and the Starcatcher and Kingdom Keepers series, Ridley Pearson, brings us the second riveting tale in the Lock and Key trilogy.This bravely reimagined origin story of the rivalry of literature’s most famous enemies–Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty–is told from the perspective of James’s observant little sister, Moira. At the thrilling conclusion to book one, we left off with James and Moira’s father dying horribly and unexpectedly. Now the search is on to find out what really happened to their father. Did he fall or was he pushed? Sherlock, James, and Moira reluctantly partner up, trusting no one, not even each other, as they uncover a secret sect, a rare jewel, and a sordid history. Blood is spilled, trusts broken, and friendships lost in this story of how one simple mistake cost Father his life and James his heart, and sent the Moriartys spiraling ever downward. It’s a highly original and satisfying take on the Sherlock Holmes series as only master of suspense Ridley Pearson could envision. As Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series, says, “This tale will change the way you see Sherlock Holmes and leave you dying to know more.”–School Library Journal

  • Ordinary Magic - In Abby’s world, magic isn’t anything special: it’s a part of everyday life. So when Abby learns that she has zero magical abilities, she’s branded an Ord-ordinary, bad luck, and quite possibly a danger to society. The outlook for kids like Abby isn’t bright. Many are cast out by their families, while others are sold to treasure hunters (ordinary kids are impervious to spells and enchantments). Luckily for Abby, her family enrolls her in a school that teaches ordinary kids how to get around in a magical world. But with treasure-hunting kidnappers and carnivorous goblins lurking around every corner, Abby’s biggest problem may not be learning how to be ordinary-it’s whether or not she’s going to survive the school year!

  • Daughter of Smoke & Bone - The first book in the New York Times bestselling epic fantasy trilogy by award-winning author Laini Taylor Around the world, black handprints 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. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious errands; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out. When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

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Hazed
Written by Franklin W. Dixon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

ATAC BRIEFING FOR AGENTS FRANK AND JOE HARDY MISSION: Investigate possible hazing at Eagle River Academy, and find the truth behind a student’s death. LOCATION: A town near Bayport. POTENTIAL VICTIMS: All new students, including Frank and Joe. SUSPECTS: Seniors. Dorm monitor Mr. Diehl. The girlfriend of the dead student. THIS MISSION REQUIRES YOUR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION. THIS MESSAGE WILL BE ERASED IN FIVE SECONDS.

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Dr. Critchlore's School for Minions
Written by Sheila Grau & illustrated by Joe Sutphin
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

At his boarding school for monsters, a young werewolf learns a devastating truth about his family while uncovering a plot to sabotage the world’s finest training program for aspiring minions to evil overlords.

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Jo's Boys
Written by Louisa May Alcott
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Best known for the novels Little Women and Little Men, Louisa May Alcott brought the story of her feisty protagonist Jo and the adventures and misadventures of the March family to an entertaining, surprising, and bittersweet conclusion in Jo’s Boys. Beginning ten years after Little Men, Jo’s Boys revisits Plumfield, the New England school still presided over by Jo and her husband, Professor Bhaer. Jo remains at the center of the tale, surrounded by her boys—including rebellious Dan, sailor Emil, and promising musician Nat—as they experience shipwreck and storm, disappointment and even murder.

Popular for over a century, Alcott’s series still holds universal appeal with its powerful and affectionate depiction of family—the haven where the prodigal can always return, adversity is shared, and our dreams of being cherished, despite our flaws, come true. In this edition of Jo’s Boys, readers once again experience a treasured classic by one of America’s best-loved writers.

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The Final Step
Written by Ridley Pearson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The New York Times bestselling author of the Peter and the Starcatchers and Kingdom Keepers series, Ridley Pearson, brings us the thrilling conclusion to the Lock and Key trilogy.

Before James Moriarty and his sister Moria enrolled in Baskerville Academy, they were inseparable—as close to best friends as a brother and sister could be. But since setting foot on the boarding school’s campus, James has been different.

At Baskerville, he’s become cunning, deceptive, ruthless, sometimes reckless. And now that his roommate Sherlock Holmes has been expelled, there’s no one left to help Moira figure out what’s going on with her brother or to uncover the connection between a recent string of deaths.

To Moria, it seems obvious that someone has it out for the Moriarty family. First their father and then their family driver and now their legal guardian—clearly something is afoot. But to get the answers they need, they’ll first have to deal with an incriminating photograph, secret safe houses, and powerful enemies.

It’s a highly original and satisfying take on the Sherlock Holmes series as only master of suspense Ridley Pearson could envision.

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When I Was Eight
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-7

Looks at the experiences of a strong-willed young Inuit girl who receives permission from her father to travel to a residential religious school run by non-Inuit outsiders, where she struggles to adapt to the new way of living.

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