Release Date: August 28, 2012
Age Group: Middle Grade
Received From: Amazon Vine
At the Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, you will definitely learn your lesson. A dark, timeless, and heartfelt novel for fans of Coraline and The Mysterious Benedict Society.
Victoria hates nonsense. There is no need for it when your life is perfect. The only smudge on her pristine life is her best friend Lawrence. He is a disaster—lazy and dreamy, shirt always untucked, obsessed with his silly piano. Victoria often wonders why she ever bothered being his friend. (Lawrence does too.)
But then Lawrence goes missing. And he’s not the only one. Victoria soon discovers that The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls is not what it appears to be. Kids go in but come out…different. Or they don’t come out at all.
If anyone can sort this out, it’s Victoria—even if it means getting a little messy.
I can’t think of a better way to spend the days leading up to Halloween than with The Cavendish Home For Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand. It was a spooky and delightful treat. I’m pretty choosy about middle grade reads. I’m thrilled that I picked this one up because it was so entertaining.
Victoria was a lovely no nonsense main character. She was a perfectionist of the highest order. I wasn’t sure if I would like her at first, but as her search for Lawrence continued I found myself enjoying her attitude quite a lot. I adored her turmoil over her B in music class. Victoria was really well done.
The story was also fantastic. All the grownups seem to be slowly morphing into…something else. Children are missing. There’s roaches everywhere–even on the pages! It was creepy and totally unpredictable.
The Cavendish Home For Boys and Girls was a charming and dark little book. I adored it a 25 and I would have adored it at 12 as well. If you’re looking for a fun new middle grade read I highly recommend this one.