“The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls” by Claire Legrand
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery
Summary from Goodreads:
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 like the parallel between Victoria and Miss Cavendish. Victoria’s a bit annoying with her perfection but she wasn’t too bad with Lawrence. For the most part, you could see that she did want to help him even if she wasn’t doing it the right way. Then there was the revelation of how similar Victoria and Miss Cavendish were. It was really unsettling how we missed it.
The story was a delightful mystery. I never knew what to expect. I knew something wicked was going on but I never thought of this.
The bottom line? Perfect spooky-ish read for younger readers.