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Jan 29, 2007, 9:36am

I am working my way through the Chalet School books and the Malory Towers books, but I've not really ventured much beyond that. What are the other girls boarding school books that you'd recommend? I'd love some new ideas to go down to my local second hand bookstore with.

Editado: Jan 29, 2007, 10:07am

Well there are the St Clares ones by Enid Blyton. Have not reread them since childhood but if you're enjoying the Malory Towers ones then you'd probably like them. There was also a series about a ballet school --- I think they all had Sadler's Wells in the title. Cannot remember who wrote them.
Just googled them they are by Lorna Hill.

Editado: Jul 26, 2007, 4:24pm

I enjoy Angela Brazil and Dorita Fairlie-Bruce. I also collect the Abbey books by Elsie J Oxenham. There are a lot of those though.

Jul 26, 2007, 7:04am

For girls boarding schools, if you can get hold of them, the Merry Begins trilogy is excellent. Recently reprinted by Girls Gone By Publishing.

Clare Mallory was a headmistress at a girls boarding school. Her books give a 'real'sense of how a real boarding school was organised, with excellent character development and issues faced according to the age of the characters and their personalities.
Set in post-war late 40s New Zealand.

PS. The Lorna Hill Sadler's Wells series are of the girls boarding school 40's and 50's era but aren't set in a boarding school. There's various home and life settings. However attaining a place at the ballet school with dreams of Covent Garden stage are the key goals and focus of many characters.

Ago 10, 2007, 6:55pm

I'm in the middle of Evelyn Finds Herself by Josephine Elder--you can see my comments on the Read YA Lit group! It's not set in a boarding school but in a 1920s day school. The GGBP edition has an excellent introduction about the history of girls' education during this period. THe book itself is fascinating, really different from other school stories I've read--very probing about how girls learn independence, and how they make judgements of the older authority figures who are offered to them as models. I like the writing style, too.

But the best boarding-school stories you could possibly read are those by Antonia Forest. Start with Autumn Term which is the first in the series. She also writes books about the same family during the holidays, which are peculiar and uneven, some wonderful and some awful. Avoid The Thuggery Affair, but The Marlows and the Traitor is an excellent adventure story.

Fev 21, 2011, 12:35am

I know this is an old post, however... an excellent girls boarding school series is: the Trebizon series by Anne Digby.

Out 1, 2012, 2:17pm

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Hi Everybody,
I write clean, fun boarding school adventure novels for tween and young teen girls. By the Seat of Her Pants, the second in the Betsy Butters Books series, not only takes place in Betsy's Swiss boarding school, but she travels to Paris, France, falls in love, and gets her first kiss. There's more about my novels on and, ebooks. I hope you'll check them out. Happy reading, Jenifer Rubloff.

Editado: Nov 1, 2013, 3:58pm

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Hi there! If you have a horse-crazy girl in your life, I'd recommend taking a look at my book -- Red Rock Ranch!

Happy Trails!
Brittney Joy

Nov 1, 2013, 4:10pm

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