Title: The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls
Author: Claire Legrand
Illustrated: Sarah Watts
Publication Date: August 28th, 2012
Genre: Children’s, Mystery, Fantasy
One of the NYPL’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2012.
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.
One night while I was at Chapters I came across this book in the bargain/YA section, and the only reason I picked it up was because of the cover design; it’s beautiful and intriguing!! I read the flap (yes I call it that) and decided it was coming home with me, little did I know that this is actually classified as a children’s book, but hey, so is Harry Potter!
I don’t even think I can capture in words my level of excitement and love for this book!! But I will do my best! After reading the first chapter I was hooked, Claire is extremely talented and has such a way with words! There wasn’t a single point where I sat there thinking “Why yes, I am most definitely reading a children’s book!” She keeps you on your toes, intrigued, and twitchy! While reading this in bed I found myself to be somewhat (okay very) jumpy, if the sheet slightly moved I jumped, the worst I would say was when my cat came crawling into my room.
I’ll admit that while reading the first couple of chapters I was highly annoyed with Victoria and the way she treated others, especially Lawrence. But Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls had an enjoyable and strong character development and a solid plot! You might think that you can predict what will happen next, but you can’t. There were so many things that I just didn’t see coming!
I recommend this book to everyone!! There is no age limit!
My rating: ★★★★★/5