Monday, October 22, 2012

Bibliophile's Corner

The Cavendish Home
For Boys and Girls
by Claire Legrand

Flap Copy Description:
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 - or they don't come out at all.
The grown-ups Victoria talks to only feel her lies. But Victoria is not top of the 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 messy.

My Thoughts:
The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls is the extraordinary debut novel for author Claire Legrand. The protagonist, Victoria, endures a heartwarming transformation on her quest to save her friend, her family, and her small community. The story is dark and creepy, but also delightful. The characters are well-developed and the settings are inventive and imaginative. I would recommend this upper middle grade novel to readers from the ages of ten and up.

To learn more about the author, Claire Legrand, click here:
http://claire-legrand.com/

10 comments:

  1. I like the mystery element of this story. Already I'm wondering just who Mrs. Cavendish is and what she's up to. Sounds like a perfect read for this time of year!

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    1. Mrs. Cavendish is creepy! ^_^ Thanks, Brandi.

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  2. I keep seeing things about this book. I definitely need to read it.

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    1. What I like about this book the most, is that besides being well-written, it has a very unique plot. If you read MG, you'll like it Sara. Thanks!

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  3. Don't you just love it when the MC has your name! Sounds like my kind of book too. Thanks for reviewing, Victoria. :)

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    1. Normally, I would enjoy an MC with my name - but this protagonist is a pill! (She does, however, have her "wake-up call!" ^_^) Thanks, Linda.

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  4. I agree - Mrs. Cavendish does sound creepy. It's piqued my interest.

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    1. Thanks, Loree. I failed to mention that it is the first book in a series. More freaky fiction! ^_^

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  5. This is the second great review I've seen for this book. I may have to see if my library has it...thanks!

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    1. Thanks, Marcy. I purchased my copy, but I did see it at my library - both as an e-book and in hardback.

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