Too Cool for Boarding School: Nine Books for the Undersupervised

Shelf RenewalAs Chimney Swepers Come to DustPrecocious amateur PI, Flavia de Luce, returns in the seventh installment of Alan Bradley’s best-selling mystery series, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust. Now a mature twelve-year-old, Flavia is sent to Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy in Canada. Naturally, trouble follows.

From Jane Eyre to Harry Potter, boarding schools are great backdrops for exploring independence, self-discovery, and the ingenuity of the undersupervised. (And, a sweet spot for YA crossover appeal.)

WingerThe Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger

Fleur de Leigh in Exile, by Diane Leslie

A Great and Terrible Beauty, by Libba Bray

Looking for Alaska, by John Greene

Mike and Psmith, by P. G. Wodehouse

Prep, by Curtis Sittenfeld

Skippy Dies, by Paul Murray

Winger, by Andrew Smith

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Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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