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The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand
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Nov 23, 2012

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Lovely, creepy book. It doesn't really start out that way. 12 year old Victoria is one of those perfect children who are always neat and well behaved. She gets straight A's and even has curly blond hair and blue eyes. Her only friend is a musically talented boy that she befriended in order to improve him. Even the town they live in is picture postcard perfect. Then, children begin to disappear. Victoria doesn't notice it much until her friend Lawrence is one of them. Then, she decides that SHE will fix the problem, because Victoria has never failed at anything she has set out to do.

This problem is a bit harder than those she has dealt with at school, however, and it takes her a while to begin to understand what is going on, and what she will have to do to fix it. In the process, Victoria learns some home truths about her own attitudes.

I don't want to give anything away, but, of course, it DOES involve the Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls. And you have never met a creepier setting. Part of the time it seems to be sunny and welcoming. Other times it is a sinister place with moving walls; infested with bugs.

The illustrations are perfect, especially the bugs that randomly appear on the pages. I kept wanting to brush them off, or slam a book shut on them. Eww.

And the ending is great. I can only imagine it was inspired by too much reading of Shirley Jackson, or too many episodes of Hitchcock or the Twilight Zone, by it was perfect for this creepy, enjoyable book.
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