Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Middle Grade Books Featuring a Magic School

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Middle Grade Books featuring a Magic School

Happy Tuesday, everyone! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is to pick a past topic to reboot. I made it easy on myself, and kind of went for a freebie type post because I’ve been wanting to do a Middle Grade Books Featuring a Magic School list for a little bit. In case you’re unfamiliar with Top Ten Tuesday, it’s a weekly meme hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s a great way to connect with other bloggers and find new books for your reading list.

So, I’m going to assume you’re already familiar with the boy wizard series and Rick Riordan’s books featuring magic schools, as well as the Ever After High series, which was a favorite in our house. Instead, I’ll talk about some really great, more recently published middle grade books featuring a magic school. Here we go!

10 Middle Grade Books Featuring a Magic School

Skandar and the Unicorn Thief by A. F. Steadman

Skandar and the Unicorn Thief by A. F. Steadman

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What you need to know: A magical school that trains unicorn and rider pairs! A boy who must stop a powerful thief from stealing unicorns. This one is a lot of fun.

Release Date: May 3, 2022 | My Review


The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy by Anne Ursu

The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy by Anne Ursu

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What you need to know: Magic and friendship. A boarding school packed with secrets. Girls who are told they’re broken discovering their true strength. Still a favorite of mine.

Published October 12, 2021 | My Review


Rise of the School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Rise of the School for Good and Evil Series by Soman Chainani

Amazon | Bookshop | Goodreads

What you need to know: This series tells the origin story of The School for Good and Evil and the two brothers tasked with maintaining a balance between good and evil magic. Packed with the same twisty storytelling and fun energy of the original series.

Published May 31, 2022 | Full review coming soon!


Witchlings by Claribel Ortega

Witchlings by Claribel Ortega

Amazon | Bookshop | Goodreads

What you need to know: A magical town, and an opportunity to join one of five covens… unless you’re a Spare like Seven, forced to complete an impossible task in order to keep her powers.

Published April 5, 2022


A Taste of Magic by J. Elle

A Taste of Magic by J. Elle

Amazon | Bookshop | Goodreads

What you need to know: A Black girl with prowess in the kitchen on top of newly discovered magic fights to save her magical school from closing. A super fun read packed with delicious food and family.

Published August 30, 2022 | My Review


Spell Sweeper by Lee Edward Fodi

Spell Sweeper by Lee Edward Fรถdi

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What you need to know: Quirky characters. A fun and fantastic story about the under-appreciated crew trained at their school to clean up after spellcasters.

Published November 30, 2021 | My Review


Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury

Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury

Amazon | Bookshop | Goodreads

What you need to know: A school that teaches musicians to create magic. A student on her last chance, who just might be the only one who can save her school from a mysterious, powerful storm. Music and magic make a great pairing here.

Published September 5, 2019


The Marvellers by Dhonielle Clayton

The Marvellers by Dhonielle Clayton

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What you need to know: A magic school where students gather to practice cultural arts, and a girl who’s first of her ability to be admitted to the school. When her teacher goes missing, it’s up to her and her new friends to rescue him.

Published May 3, 2022


Kelcie Murphy and the Academy for the Unbreakable Arts by Erika Lewis

The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale

Amazon | Bookshop | Goodreads

What you need to know: A magical school that trains warriors to use their hidden powers. A girl with powerful magic that links her to an infamous traitor who’s determined to find her parents, no matter the cost.

Published March 1, 2022


The Secret of the Shadow Beasts by Diane Magras

Secret of the Shadow Beasts by Diane Magras

Amazon | Bookshop | Goodreads

What you need to know: Night is ruled by toxic beasts which can only be defeated by children who are immune. When Nora reluctantly joins their ranks, she uncovers secrets that leave her questioning everything. A wild ride of a story.

Published June 14, 2022


What are your favorite magic school books?

Do you like middle grade books featuring a magic school? What are your favorites? Let me know if you’ve read any of the books on my list, or if there are others I should add.

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10 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Middle Grade Books Featuring a Magic School

  1. I haven’t read many magical school books, but I loved Nevermoor. That has a magic school.

  2. It’s been a while since I’ve read MG. It’s such a fun genre though and glad to see so many about magic schools! Great topic.

    My Top Ten!

  3. My daughter used to love books about magic schools when she read middle grade. It’s so fun to see so many series.

  4. Love this! Iโ€™ve been meaning to add more middle grade books to my TBR, so this list should keep me busy.

  5. Astilbe says:

    I love reading about magical schools.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  6. Lydia says:

    Itโ€™s such a common trope, especially for that age group!

    My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-bookish-things-ive-quit-doing/