There have been so many awesome books this past year , that all I’ve been doing is reading. I’m trying to share as many of them as possible with you, so hopefully you will pick them up, too.
The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls
In Victoria’s world, there is no room for nonsense. A place for everything and everything in its place, is her motto. She’s the best at, well, everything. Everything, that is, except making friends. That’s why when she sees imperfect Lawrence, who hums when he’s happy, never dresses right, and has a streak of white through his hair; she takes it upon herself to fix him. He’s her special project.
There is nothing out of the ordinary in Belleville. Nothing, except Lawrence and a few other children. But, one day, Lawrence goes missing. Sure, his parents say he’s visiting his aunt, but Victoria has trouble believing it. So she starts to investigate. The more she finds out, the less she knows about her town, her family, and the orphanage next door. Full of creepy crawlies, spine tingling sequences, a town led by puppet strings, and a house that is made up of those who got in the way, read on to see if Victoria is victorious.
What I liked:
Being a big fan of Coraline by Neil Gaiman and Splendors and Glooms, by Laura Amy Schlitz, I really enjoyed the creepiness factor of this book. The story hummed along, bringing with it cockroaches, an entire shed of puppets representing the people in the town of Belleville, a house that spoke and shuttered, horrible “corrections” for undesirable behavior, and an internal questioning of who dictates what is normal and acceptable. It also brings up some interesting thoughts about friendship, individuality, and personal expression.
What I didn’t like:
Not much. It was a quick read; there could have been a bit more development of Victoria or Lawrence, but all in all, it was fun and creepy.