Welcome to Canby Hall!

I started my book blog, Rather Be Reading YA, last month. I've been having a lot of fun with it. I'm currently reading, and planning to review, a vintage book. I started thinking about doing a line of vintage reviews and then I remembered that I've been wanting to do a Girls of Canby Hall blog for a long time. I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to get it started. Originally I was going to post the CH entries as posts on RBRYA, but I decided to separate them out into their own blog. So here I am! Right now my plan is to read and recap/review one book a week.

I was young when this series started, but I inherited it, along with Sweet Valley High and a lot of other 80s books, from older cousins. As much as I loved SVH, I loved The Girls of Canby Hall more. I read them over and over.

A little rundown on the series: Canby Hall is a fictional girls' boarding school set in fictional Greenleaf, Massachusetts, a small town located an hour north of the real Boston. Google Maps seems to suggest that would place it in New Hampshire, but that's what the book says. I will not argue.

The series focuses on two sets of three main characters who live in 407 Baker Hall. The first seventeen books are about Dana, Faith and Shelley. After they graduate, Andy, Jane, and Toby move into 407. All the girls are sophomores at the beginnings of their storylines, because for some reason the author* chose not to write about them as freshmen. I always wondered about that. I preferred Dana, Faith, and Shelley, and starting them out as freshmen would have given me an extra year of their stories.

* Author Emily Chase was actually multiple people writing under one name. One of the writers was romance author Julie Garwood, who wrote book 14 in the series.


  1. I read a handful of the TGoCH books, when I was younger. While I do wish I could find more of them, so I could read more of them, I have been unable to. I did like the series, but I have always liked SVH more.

    So, I looked the series up just now, and it ran from 1984-1989. I was 3 to 6 years old at that time. Also, could you tell me who the other authors are that wrote them, besides Julie Garwood? I am curious now.

    It's nice to see this piece of my younger years revisted.

    1. I can't find any information on the other authors who wrote the books, other than Julie Garwood. I haven't been updating this site lately but I was looking at my books last night before your comments came through and I'm planning on getting back to it. It's fun!