Legacies: Shadowgrail #1

Book 1 of the Shadowgrail Series
by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

After a tragic accident kills her entire family, Spirit White is left alone with no one to turn to. To make matters worse, her home gets burned down, leaving her with nowhere to live, and no possessions. When all seems lost, Oakhurst Academy -- a combination boarding school and orphanage -- comes to the rescue (though she is far from wanting their help). Shortly after arriving at the new school, she is informed that she is a legacy -- not just to the school, but to magic.

At Oakhurst, all the students have unique magical powers and while Spirit hasn't manifested her abilities yet, the administrators insist she has one. However, Spirit isn't sure she cares. Coping with the loss of her family, she finds comfort with a group of new friends who have also been orphaned and rescued as legacies by the school.

A few months into Spirit's stay at Oakhurst, however, something strange happens. Students begin to disappear under unusual circumstances and the school seems to be trying to cover it up. While the teachers and administration seem to ignore a growing danger against Oakhurst's legacy students, Spirit and her friends are determined to find out what's happening -- before one of them is next.