August 27, 2012

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand {Review}

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: August 28, 2012
Source: ARC from contest
At the Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls you will definitely learn your lesson.
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.

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls is spooky, disturbing, and downright awesome. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever read a middle grade so dark, but I loved every minute of it, and I’m pretty sure my twelve-year-old self would have too.

First of all let me just say that Victoria’s not a very likable character. She’s prim and proper and has to have everything just so. And yet, believe it or not, I didn’t hate her. Her personality was absolutely perfect for the story.

Legrand is a master when it comes to the creep-factor, let me tell you. I thought I could feel little cockroach feet all over me while I was reading. In fact, as I wrote that I got a creepy-crawly feeling down my spine. I HATE beetles.

You know how when you know something’s afoot but you don’t know what and so you expect anything? Yeah, well I thought I did too, but Legrand threw surprise after surprise at me with the creepy goings on in the Cavendish house. There’s the birds with hands, the hanger, the changing walls, and then there’s the gofer’s! Those poor, poor things :[

The Nutshell: I adored The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls. If you’re looking for a quick, creepy middle grade read, then you should definitely pick this one up!

Pages: 352
Series: No
Rating: Direct Hit


  1. Ahh! I have a copy of this and totally want to pick it up RIGHT NOW! The creep factor makes me a little wary, but I'll buck up and brace myself. :) Thanks for putting this on my radar!

  2. I am SO FREAKING EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK!! And even more so now that I see it has your overwhelming stamp of approval. I love dark MG, and authors who aren't afraid to creep kids out a bit. I'm debating going to her launch party tomorrow night, but I don't think I can swing the timing with work, which is a shame. ><

  3. Admittedly, I've never read any middle grade books before! However, your review made me very curious about the mystery surrounding Cavendish Home, there seems to be a lot brewing beneath the surface! Lovely review :)

    I'm now a proud new follower of your blog, do drop by mine @ Book a World too!


  4. I've been seeing this around a lot. I don't really read much middle grade, but I think I'll pick this up sometime if I see it. It sounds pretty creepy-ish. I'm very curious about it.


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