Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Review: The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand

Title: The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls
Author: Claire Legrand
Series: N/A
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Release Date: August 28, 2012
ISBN13: 9781442442917
Format: Hardcover, 343 pages
Genre: MG, YA, horror, urban fantasy
Source: borrowed from library

Victoria likes things neat and tidy.

Her hair gleams, her grades shine, and her room is as immaculate as the manicured lawns in her hometown of Belleville. Her life is perfect.

Until her best friend, Lawrence, goes missing.

Without Lawrence, Victoria has no one to walk to school with, no one to reprimand for not doing his homework, no one's life to run but her own. Naturally, Victoria launches an investigation. But Lawrence isn't the only missing kid in town. Beneath Belleville's perfection are dark, deadly, creepy secrets, and Victoria soon realizes Mrs. Cavendish's children's home down the street is behind it all. Kids who go there come out better—prettier, smarter, well behaved—or they don't come out at all.

The grown-ups Victoria talks to only feed her lies. But Victoria is not top of her class for nothing. She will have to use her smarts to save her only friend and her beloved hometown from Mrs. Cavendish's evil clutches . . . even if it means getting a little bit messy.
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