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The Monday Poll: Worst Boarding School

by flickr user laertes
Good morning, Hub readers!

Last week we asked which boarding school from YA lit you’d do anything to get into. Absolutely blowing everything else out of the water with 63% of the vote was (as you might expect) Hogwarts from JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series. The Gallagher Academy (from Ally Condie’s Gallagher Girls series) and the School of America in Paris (featured in Stephanie Perkins’s Anna and the French Kiss) also made good showings with 15% of the vote each. You can see detailed results for all of our previous polls in the Polls Archive. Thanks to all of you who voted!

This week, we’re taking our previous question and flipping it: boarding school can be great, but boarding school can also be the absolute worst, so which boarding school from YA lit would you do anything to get out of? Vote in the poll below or leave a comment if we’ve omitted a truly terrible school!

Which boarding school would you do anything to get out of?

  • Hecate Hall (Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins) (27%, 14 Votes)
  • Ault School (Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld) (19%, 10 Votes)
  • Maxfield Academy (Variant by Robison Wells) (19%, 10 Votes)
  • The Devon School (A Separate Peace by John Knowles) (13%, 7 Votes)
  • Pemberly Brown (The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker) (12%, 6 Votes)
  • Birch School (Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard) (10%, 5 Votes)
  • The Higher Institute of Villainous Education (HIVE by Mark Walden) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 52

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  1. Maria Kramer Maria Kramer

    You know, Hogwarts could also be on this list…students do tend to die and/or be horribly maimed there. Just sayin’.

  2. Katie Katie

    Hidden Oak in “The School for Dangerous Girls” by Eliot Schrefer

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