This is Felicia! My girls and I love exploring Houston and we love to read. We have books in our bags, in the car, on the nightstand, in the family room and just about anywhere you can imagine. And we read all the time. Just this week I was wondering why Senia was so tired in the afternoon. That night I ran out to the backyard, happened to look up, and saw the reading light on in her window. That little girl has been reading until midnight!
What do you do with a little rascal who has been reading too much? I guess you give her more books and be glad it is summer break.
This review is of The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand.
My girls love creepy. The Return to Oz movie, didn’t even faze them at bedtime, so naturally when I saw the Edward Goryish cover of this book, I stopped to pick it up for my older girl, who is going be a 2nd grader in the fall.
This book can be described as Tim Burtonish, with the antagonist, Mrs. Cavendish, giving the town a Stepford and Castle Rock vibe and Victoria, the ever so perfect protagonist, being a regular Nancy Drew, with a little Coraline splashed in. The end result is still PG, but very creepy!
I’ve never read anything by Claire Legrand before, but we will definitely be purchasing her next book in August when it is released. I loved that her first book dedication was to her sixth grade lunch friends, who loved her scary stories! After reading this book, I wish that I had been at the lunch table!
The story starts off when Victoria’s only friend, Lawrence, goes missing. The adults in Victoria’s life begin to act strangely soon after. Victoria soon pieces together that the Cavendish home is responsible for her friend’s disappearance, as well as of the many other children who have gone missing over the years. Sometimes missing children come back, but different. Perfect. Too Perfect. Sometimes the children do not return at all. Will Victoria’s detective work and determination be enough to stop Mrs. Cavendish? And will she realize that she and Mrs. Cavendish have more in common than she would like? Read and find out!
Go HERE to get your own copy! Or, better yet, shop local and head to Brazos Bookstore. If you mention you saw this review on BigKidSmallCity, you will get a discount… and get to read the book immediately!