The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy
By Nikki Loftin
(Razorbill, Hardcover, 9781595145086, 304pp.)
Publication Date: August 21, 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Spooky twists and soaring prose make this foodie update on Hansel and Gretel an unforgettable must-read
Lorelei is bowled over by Splendid Academy—Principal Trapp encourages the students to run in the hallways, the classrooms are stocked with candy dishes, and the cafeteria serves lavish meals featuring all Lorelei's favorite foods. But the more time she spends at school, the more suspicious she becomes. Why are her classmates growing so chubby? And why do the teachers seem so sinister?
It's up to Lorelei and her new friend Andrew to figure out what secret this supposedly splendid school is hiding. What they discover chills their bones—and might even pick them clean!
Mix one part magic, one part mystery, and just a dash of Grimm, and you've got the recipe for a cozy-creepy read that kids will gobble up like candy.
Nikki Loftin is a writer and native Texan who lives just outside Austin, Texas, with her two boys, two dogs, nine chickens, and one very patient husband. The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy is her first novel.
"A mesmerizing read. . . . a fantasy that feels simultaneously classic and new."—Publishers Weekly
"An irresistible contemporary fairy tale. . . . Deliciously scary and satisfying."—Kirkus
"A wickedly intriguing, deliciously eerie read." --New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith — Cynthia Leitich Smith