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Totally Random Theme: Boarding School Novels

Briana, Evergreen Library

Boarding schools have always been good settings for coming-of-age stories (A Separate Peace, anyone?) but I've seen a lot more of them lately. Here are four great realistic YA novels set in boarding schools.

Looking for Alaska by John Green: Miles Halter makes new friends and pulls pranks during his first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama, but his experience is dominated by Alaska Young, the beautiful, self-destructive girl who lives down the hall.

The Secret to Lying by Todd Mitchell: When he's accepted at an academy for gifted and talented students, 15-year-old James decides to leave his boring past behind and creates a new persona, but his lies lead to increasingly reckless behavior.

Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard: Alex, a junior at a boys boarding school in 1982, feels devastated and guilty when he fails to save a friend from accidental drowning. The truth about what happened at the river is revealed through Alex's journal and poems

The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan: Tim, a young albino, transfers to an elite prep school and falls for the most popular girl. She's into Tim, too, but her social status would be threatened if anyone knew about their secret relationship.