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It’s August, and in Oklahoma, that means that it is time to go back to school. What better way to ring in the new school year than to read some magical school books? I don’t mean the ones with Ms. Frizzle and her bus, although those are always entertaining, I’m talking more Harry Potter style.
So pick up one of these books and remember that if they can survive school, so can you.
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
St. Vladimir’s Academy is a school where Moroi (mortal vampires) learn to harness their magic and dhamphir (half human, half vampires) train to fight strigoi (undead, evil vampires) and to become Moroi guardians. Lissa Dragomir and Rose Hathaway had run away from this rigid lifestyle years ago, but when they are found, they are brought back to the Academy so that they will be safe and protected. But St. Vladimir’s might just be more dangerous than anything they faced on the outside.
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Hex Hall is a reform school for wayward Prodigium (witches, faeries, shapeshifters, etc.) youth. When Sophie Mercer’s magic draws human attention during a prom night from hell, her estranged Warlock father sends her off to Hex Hall. Unfortunately, Hex Hall isn’t all sunshine and rainbows though; because it isn’t long before Sophie has made powerful enemies, gained a creepy ghost shadow, and has become embroiled in the dangerous mystery of a predator that is attacking students.
Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks
Cadel Piggott goes to a school for evil geniuses founded by the notorious criminal mastermind, Dr. Phineas Darkkon. He’s studying World Domination and is taking classes like embezzlement, misinformation, forgery, and infiltration. But, when Kay-Lee comes into the picture, he starts to question the morality of what he is doing. Will his new found morals along with his intimate knowledge of being an evil genius be enough to stop Dr. Darkkon?
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Simon Snow is supposed to be the Chosen One, but most of the time he can’t even get his wand to work, and the rest of the time he is more likely to start an inadvertent fire than save anyone. It is his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and things definitely aren’t looking up for Simon. His girlfriend broke up with him, his mentor wants nothing to do with him, and there is a monster running around wearing Simon’s face. What is a Chosen One to do?
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a crumbling abandoned mess when Jacob arrives. As he explores though, it looks like the children that used to live there were more than just normal orphans, they might have been dangerous, or even supernatural. More than anything, they might still be around.
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
Armedius Academy is where students learn the art of being a Rithmatist. Rithmatists are the powerful people that are able to infuse life into drawings that help protect humanity from Wild Chalklings. Joel would give anything to be a Rithmatist, but he is just the son of a lowly chalkmaker at the school. When students start disappearing, he gets tasked with helping one of the professors investigate the kidnappings, but they will find much more than just the students. They will discover things that could change their world forever.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Quentin Coldwater was a relatively normal teenager until he was admitted to Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy and discovered that magic was real. While college life and learning magic fulfills a part of Quentin that he didn’t know was missing, things soon turn dangerous as they discover secrets that lead them on a dark adventure.
The Novice by Taran Matharu
The Adept Military Academy is where battlemages learn how to summon demons and fight the Hominum Empire’s war against the orcs. When Fletcher discovers he can summon demons it is a no brainer that he will go to the Academy. But along with his grueling training he has to learn how to deal with betrayal, political machinations, and the power hungry students. He will have to decide who he will align with if he wants to survive.
First Year by Rachel E. Carter
In Jerar every teen is required to pursue a trade or to enroll in at least one year of war school as a soldier, knight or mage. Ryiah has always wanted to be a mage so it is an easy decision as to what she will do. But her decision is the only easy part about war school. Everyone wants her to fail and the battle for the best apprenticeships is literally cutthroat.
Firespell by Chloe Neill
St. Sophia’s is an elite boarding school. When Lily Parker arrives she soon learns that the spoiled mean girls are more treacherous than her homework, but at least she has her roommate Scout. Although Scout has a habit of disappearing in the middle of the night and reappearing looking like she’s been a fight. Lily soon learns what Scout has been up to when a mean girl prank leaves her trapped in the catacombs beneath the school and she finds Scout running from a literal monster. It turns out that monsters and magic is real and not everyone or everything is how it appears.
The Iron Trial by Holly Black
The Magisterium is where kids go to learn magic, but to be admitted you must pass the Iron Trial. Everyone wants to pass the Trial but not Callum Hunt. His dad has always warned him about magic so he definitely doesn’t want to go to a school to learn it. But he doesn’t get his wishes. At the Magisterium he will not only learn magic but dark secrets about his path and what could be his future.
The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School by Chloe Neill
Drearcliff Grange is a boarding school for the daughters of criminal masterminds, outlaw scientists and master magicians. Amy Thomsett is sent there after her mother catches her sleeping on the ceiling, but she is not unique at Drearcliff. When one of the girls at school is abducted, Amy takes it upon herself to create the Moth Club to try to find out what happened to her. But what she finds is a conspiracy that runs throughout the school and is only getting bigger.