The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Source: Hardcopy from Publisher
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.
Victoria Wright is perfect in everything. Her hair gleams, her life is organized, and her room is neat. The only messy thing in her life is Lawrence. Her best friend and her project to fix. But then Lawrence goes missing.
Victoria soon learns that THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS is not at all what she thought it was. Messy, bad, and ugly children go into the Home and when they come out they are different, better, prettier, smarter…. or they don’t come out at all. So Victoria, who can’t live without an explanation, decides to figure out what really goes in the ever-moving (yes, it moves) Home.
As soon as I read the synopsis I knew I had to read this book. THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS is a book that will make you smack your head and wonder why you hadn’t read it before. Throughout the book the suspense was literally killing me, it was that great. And the gophers! I think I’m going to be sick again… But this book is amazing and went beyond my expectations. I really admire how brave the main character, Victoria, is throughout the book.
Claire Legrand sure knows how to write a creepy must-read. Her debut is unputdownable, and even when you put it down, you can’t get the images out of your mind, and get the horrible feeling of something crawling on your skin… off.
The illustrations in the book helped a lot, giving me a better picture about what was happening, even if they were awfully gross. Filled with suspense, adventure, and, of course, roaches, THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS will leave you happy, shocked, and slightly disgusted all at the same time.
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