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YA A to Z: Boarding Schools, a guest post by Tawny Stokes


It’s the fourth week of January, which means we’re discussing the Letter B in YA A to Z. Today we are talking about boarding schools with author Tawny Stokes.

You can find out more about YA A to Z here.

School. That regular staple in almost every teen’s life.  It’s a place rife with drama and failure and successes and love—the perfect environment for a rich and vibrant story.  Our heroes and heroines work hard for good grades, battle school bullies, and try and find their place in the world and who they truly want to be.  And at the end of the day, they can leave, most times, to the safety and sanctity of a loving and stable home.  But what if they couldn’t? What if those struggling adolescents were stuck in a boarding school? What kind of drama would you find then? My latest book, Lions and Tigers and Boys, is set at a boarding school for would-be circus performers, so I’m thrilled to share My Top 10 YA Books Set at a Boarding School.

For books set in a contemporary setting, with high drama, exotic locales and lots of cute boys willing to help a girl out, I suggest…


Keatyn Chronicles by Jillian Dodd

The Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter

For something thrilling, with tons of suspense and secret societies, I suggest…


Cimmeria Academy by C.J. Daugherty

Boarding Schools in Contemporary YA (106 books) – Goodreads

For those who love those creatures who go bump in the night, I suggest…

The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

House of Night by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast

All Boarding School books – YA Books Central

 For fantasy lovers, what’s better than the ultimate boarding school series of magic and mayhem and one with muggles of course, I suggest…

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

The Black Mage by Rachel E. Carter

Finishing School by Gail Carriger

For those who love to be scared, books that are frightening and sometimes horrific, I suggest…

Fear University by Meg Collett

The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

What are your fave books set at a boarding school?

About Lions and Tigers and Boys:


The last thing a girl as awkward as Dani Gale should be doing is trying to learn the high wire. Yet that’s exactly where Dani ends up—at OZ, the Oswald Zinzendorf School of Circus Arts. Trying to overcome her shyness is near impossible when her new partner—the hottest guy she’s ever laid eyes on, and whose touch seems to give her poise she thought impossible—also seems to be sabotaging her progress.

The last thing Cai Coppersmith needs is a distraction, especially in the form of the new, cute shy girl. He needs to focus on trying not to shape-shift into a tiger on school grounds, and completing his mission to keep Dani from winning the school’s high-wire competition. In fact, the entire safety of OZ is relying on Dani not succeeding. But there’s something about the girl that draws him in. She has magic, he can feel it. So he’ll do what he can to protect her, even if it means pushing her away.

Buy links: https://entangledpublishing.com/lions-and-tigers-and-boys.html

About Tawny Stokes:


Tawny Stokes has always been a writer. From an early age, she’d spin tales of serial killers in love, vampires taking over the world, and sometimes about fluffy bunnies turned bunnicidal maniacs. An honour student in high school, with a penchant for math and English, you’d never know it by the foot high blue Mohawk and Doc Martens, which often got her into trouble. No longer a Mohawk wearer, Tawny still enjoys old school punk rock, trance, zombie movies, teen horror films, and fluffy bunnies. She lives in Canada with her fantastical daughter, two cats, and spends most of her time creating new stories for teens.

Author Links

Author Website: www.tawnystokesbooks.com

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