Monday, August 22, 2022

Seven YA novels that bring color to dark academia

Nzinga Temu is a writer who received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Howard University. During her undergraduate studies she has written for Zenger News and Picture This Post.

At Electric Lit she tagged, "for all of the academics of color, ... a list of seven dark YA narratives surrounding the intrigues of academic life." One title on the list:
The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

The Tenth Girl is a psychological thriller steeped in Argentine folklore, with a slight twist in the dark academia style using a teacher as the protagonist instead of a student.

Vaccaro School for Girls is a mansion that sits atop a dark, wooded cliff. Isolated in the wilderness, the school has few students, and it curses all who settle there. Mavi, a teacher from Buenos Aires fleeing an oppressive military regime, lands a job teaching at the haunted finishing school. Initially she is undaunted by its strangeness despite warnings from others, but things become more dire when one of her ten students go missing.
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--Marshal Zeringue