Modern School Stories

 

Inclusions and exclusions – please read before suggesting additions!

Because this bibliography extends the original material in The Encyclopaedia, in theory it only lists books written after 1996, when most of the text was completed (it took several more years for Ashgate to publish it). Here are the criteria for inclusion:

Stories should be set in girls’ schools only (no mixed schools), but day or boarding is fine, as long as the school is central. The audience should be children or young adult: adult school stories have their own article and bibliography.

All books in a series are given, with stories set in school in bold font. (The revised Encyclopaedia will probably not include all the non-school stories because of space, but web space is more or less infinite!) If a series has an overall title, the latter is provided only when it differs from titles (eg. ‘Rosewood Chronicles’, but not ‘Alice-Miranda’). If you notice that a series list is missing one or more books, please let me know.

Historical, fantasy, ballet, stage school and convent school stories have their own articles, and I’ve for those I’ve just given author names plus a cross-reference: all those bibliographies are online so you can check them there. However, if you can think of any of these by authors not listed below, please mention them anyway, because I can always check! Crime (e.g. Robin Stevens) doesn’t have its own article (the crime/school story genre is still pretty new, though growing), so those books are listed below; though they’re all set in the 1930s, they’re not really historical fiction, so I’ve included them here and provided cross-references in the Historical/Fantasy bibliography.

We’re using a (slightly vague) boundary between picture books and what teachers and librarians now call ‘chapter books’ - books for young but independent readers, from (very roughly) 6 years old. Any chapter book is fine, even if it’s short with lots of pictures; actual picture books, designed to be read to children, aren’t, and we’re omitting those.

As with all the other articles, and the alphabetical section, we’re only considering books written in English (no translations) from British and Commonwealth countries: American books are not generally included apart from any that are set in the UK.

For reasons of space (mostly) we’re not including self-published books, or, in general, books only available in electronic versions. The exceptions here are sequels to printed books, such as Liz Filleul’s Christmas Term at Cotterford, which only exists as a Kindle book, though First Term at Cotterford is printed.

Please excuse the terrible formatting - I can't control this application very well!

 

 

Sofiya Ahmed

 1. Zahra’s First Term at the Khadija Academy, Bibi Publishing (2007)

2. Zahra’s Great Debate Bibi Publishing (2008)

3. Zahra’s Trip to Misr, Bibi Publishing (2011)

Heather Barber: see ELINOR M. BRENT-DYER and HISTORICAL & FANTASY SCHOOL STORIES

 

Mary Baylis-White (Australia)

Sally and Rebecca, Margaret Hamilton, Sydney (1989)

 Sue Bentley: see HISTORICAL AND FANTASY SCHOOL STORIES

                                                                                   

Lilian Boraks-Nemetz: see HISTORICAL AND FANTASY SCHOOL STORIES

                                                           

Ann Bryant Also see BALLET & STAGE SCHOOL STORIES

 

1. First Term at Silver Spires, Usborne (2008)

2. Drama at Silver Spires, Usborne (2008)

3. Rivalry at Silver Spires, Usborne (2008)

4. Princess at Silver Spires, Usborne (2008)

5. Secrets at Silver Spires, Usborne (2008)

6. Star of Silver Spires, Usborne (2008)

7. Party at Silver Spires, Usborne (2010)

8. Dancer at Silver Spires, Usborne (2010)

9. Dreams at Silver Spires, Usborne (2010)

10. Magic at Silver Spires, Usborne (2010)

11. Success at Silver Spires, Usborne (2010)

12. Mystery at Silver Spires, Usborne (2010)

                       

Annie Caulfield: see CONVENT SCHOOL STORIES

 

Sophie Cleverly

 Scarlet and Ivy

1. The Lost Twin, Harper Collins (2015)

2. The Whispers in the Walls, Harper Collins (2015)

3. The Dance in the Dark, Harper Collins (2016)

4. The Lights under the Lake, Harper Collins (2017)

5. The Curse in the Candlelight, Harper Collins (2017)

6. The Last Secret, Harper Collins (2019)

 

A. Coven (India)

 The Hill School Girls series

1. Alone, Duckbill Books and Publications (2017)

2. Secrets, Duckbill Books and Publications (2017)

3. Strangers, Duckbill Books and Publications (2017)

4. Trouble, Duckbill Books and Publications (2017)

 
 

Connie Glynn

 

Rosewood Chronicles

1. Undercover Princess, Penguin (2017)

2. Princess in Practice, Penguin (2018)

 

Liz Filleul

1. First Term at Cotterford, Bettany Press (2008)

2. Christmas Term at Cotterford, Bettany Press (2014) (Kindle edition only)

 

Lyn Gardner: see BALLET & STAGE SCHOOL STORIES

 

Elly Griffiths

 A Girl Called Justice, Quercus (2019) (set in 1930s)

(Second in series to be published in 2020)

 

Jacqueline Harvey (Australia)

 1. Alice-Miranda at School (2011)

2. Alice-Miranda on Holiday (2011)

3. Alice-Miranda Takes the Lead (2011)

4. Alice-Miranda at Sea (2011)

5. Alice-Miranda in New York  (part school) (2012)

6. Alice-Miranda Shows the Way (2012)

7. Alice-Miranda in Paris (2013)

8. Alice-Miranda Shines Bright (2013)

9. Alice-Miranda in Japan (2014)

10. Alice-Miranda at Camp (2014)

11. Alice-Miranda at the Palace (2015)

12. Alice-Miranda in the Alps (2015)

13. Alice-Miranda to the Rescue (2016)

14. Alice-Miranda in China (2016)

15. Alice-Miranda Holds the Key (2017)

16. Alice-Miranda in Hollywood (2017)

17. Alice-Miranda in Scotland (2018)

Esme Kerr

1. The Glass Bird Girl, The Chicken House (2014)

2. Mischief at Midnight, The Chicken House (2015)

 

Libby Kiponen

Blow Out the Moon, Little, Brown & Co (2004): fictionalised autobiography of American girl’s experience of English boarding school

 

Sara Lawrence

1. High Jinx, Faber (2007)

2. Jinxed, Faber (2009)

 

Karen McCombie

 1. St Grizzle’s School for Girls, Goats and Random Boys, Little Tiger Press (2017)

2. St Grizzle’s School for Girls, Ghosts and Runaway Grannies, Little Tiger Press (2017)

3. St Grizzle’s School for Girls, Geeks and Tag-Along Zombies, Little Tiger Press (2018)

4. St Grizzle’s School for Girls, Gremlins and Pesky Guests, Little Tiger Press (2018)


Shabnam Minwalla (India)

The Strange Haunting of Model High School, Scholastic (2015)

 

Alice Pung (Australia)

Laurinda, Black Inc., 2014

 

Carmen Reid

 

Secrets at St Jude’s series

 

1. New Girl, Corgi (2008)

2. Jealous Girl, Corgi (2009)

3. Drama Girl (2010)

4. Rebel Girl (2010)

5. Sunshine Girl (2011)

6. Party Girl (2011)

 

Katherine Rundell

The Girl Savage, Faber (2011): re-titled Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms (2016) (part school)

 

Kate Saunders: see HISTORICAL AND FANTASY SCHOOL STORIES

 

Robin Stevens

Wells & Wong Mystery series: set in the 1930s, but…

All books were published in the UK by Penguin and in the USA by Simon & Schuster, who retitled two of the books; the American titles are given in brackets. 

                                                             

1.Murder Most Unladylike, Penguin (2014); USA Murder Is Bad Manners
2. Arsenic For Tea (
2015); USA Poison Is Not Polite
3.
First Class Murder (2015)
4. Jolly Foul Play (
2016)

5. Mistletoe and Murder (2016)
6.
Cream Buns and Crime (2017)
7. Death in the Spotlight (
2018)
8. A Spoonful of Murder (
2018)

9. The Case of the Missing Treasure (novella) (2019)

 

Karen Wallace (Canada)

1. Raspberries on the Yangtze, Simon & Schuster (2000 USA, 2002 UK)

2. Climbing a Monkey Puzzle Tree, Simon & Schuster (2002 USA, 2004 UK) Canadian girl’s experience of English boarding school

 

R.E. Warfe (Australia)

First Term for Ziggy, or, Sex Scandal at Greyfriars, Hodder & Stoughton (1997) (parody)

 

 Holly & Kelly Willoughby: for School for Stars series, see BALLET & STAGE SCHOOL STORIES

 

Laura Wood

1. Poppy Pym and the Pharaoh’s Curse, Scholastic (2015)

2. Poppy Pym and the Double Jinx, Scholastic (2016)

3. Poppy Pym and the Smuggler’s Secret, Scholastic (2017)

4. Poppy Pym and the Beastly Blizzard, Scholastic (2017)