Monday, February 26, 2018

Six notable boarding-school thrillers

At the BN Teen blog, Nita Tyndall tagged six favorite thrillers set at boarding school, including:
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart

At just a decade old, this book is already considered a classic of the YA canon. Frankie Landau-Banks, aged 15, seems to be in a sweet spot: she’s a legacy student at her private school, she’s the girlfriend of gorgeous senior Matthew Livingston, she has developed a “figure” over the summer. But she’s less concerned about all that, and more perturbed by the fact that she’s barred from joining Matthew’s all-male secret society. The old Frankie? Probably would’ve let it go. But the new Frankie, a sharp-witted girl who knows she’s smarter than the boys she’s up against? Decides to get to the bottom of it—just how and when the secret society was founded, and who exactly the mastermind is behind all those pranks.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks is among Alyssa Sheinmel's five favorite books set at boarding school, Jenny Kawecki's top seven YA books to beat your back to school blues and five kickass feminist YA books, Kayla Whaley's five best opening scenes in YA lit, Sona Charaipotra's five top YA books to read when you're burnt out on love, and Sabrina Rojas Weiss's ten favorite boarding school novels.

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