The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls

By Claire Legrand; Sarah Watts (Illustrator)

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9781442442917, 343pp.

Publication Date: August 28, 2012

Description
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.


About the Author
Claire Legrand used to be a musician until she realized she couldn t stop thinking about the stories in her head. Now Ms. Legrand is a full-time writer living in New Jersey. She has written two middle grade novels "The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls", one of the New York Public Library s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2012, and"The Year of Shadows "as well as the young adult novel"Winterspell". Visit her at Claire-Legrand.comand on Twitter @ClaireLegrand.



Praise For The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls is weirdly charming and creepy. I loved the intrepid girl hero Victoria and her determination to save her best friend from the scariest Home ever. An enormously fun--and shivery--read.

-Sarah Prineas, author of The Magic Thief series


"A heartwarming friendship tale—played out amid carpets of chittering insects, torture both corporal and psychological, the odd bit of cannibalism and like ghoulish delights. A thoroughgoing ickfest, elevated by vulnerable but resilient young characters and capped by a righteously ominous closing twist."



" The too-serene-to-be-true town of Belleville harbors some creepy secrets in Legrand's debut, a sinister and occasionally playful tale of suspense. Legrand gives Victoria's mission a prickly energy, and her descriptions of the sighing, heaving home—a character in itself—are the stuff of bad dreams. Watts's b&w illustrations of spindly characters, cryptic shadows, and cramped corridors amplify the unsettling ambiance, and her roach motif may have readers checking their arms."



"Insidiously creepy, searingly sinister, and spine-tinglingly fun, this book also presents a powerful message about friendship and the value of individuality."

-Joy Fleishhacker