When Lorelei’s old school mysteriously burns down, a new one appears practically overnight: Splendid Academy. Rock-climbing walls on the playground and golden bowls of candy on every desk? Gourmet meals in the cafeteria, served by waiters? Optional homework and two recess periods a day? It’s every kids’s dream.
But Lorelei and her new friend Andrew are pretty sure it’s too good to be true. Together they uncover a sinister mystery, one with their teacher, the beautiful Ms. Morrigan, at the very center.
Then Andrew disappears. Lorelei has to save him, even if that means facing a past she’d like to forget – and taking on a teacher who’s a real witch.
What Lorelei and Andrew discover chills their bones – and might even pick them clean!
The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy was some of the most fun I’ve had in awhile. It was definitely the most fun middle grade book I’ve read in a long time. The story is quite sinister. It reminded me a lot of The Witches. I loved that book/movie so much when I was a kid, so this brought back some very fond memories.
Lorelei has had a very tough year. Her mother died, her brother stopped paying attention to her and now her father is remarrying a witch, in Lorelei’s opinion anyway. Even though she has all these things on her mind she still managed to be a very endearing and fun character. She was smart and I loved that she wasn’t easily fooled. I adored her unlikely friendship with Andrew.
The plot was a lot of fun. I loved the school and the enigma surrounding it. Watching Lorelei and Andrew unravel the mystery one thread at a time was very entertaining. Overall, The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy was a extremely enjoyable read. I definitely recommend it if you’re in the mood for a quick escape read. A word of warning: have some candy on hand. It’s sure to make you crave it.