Spooky Saturday is an original weekly book meme that will feature spooky reads and mysteries!
THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS by Claire Legrand is a middle grade book about two friends, Victoria and Lawrence. Victoria is prim and proper and hates mess. Lawrence, on the other hand, is her exact opposite. He’s a lazy dreamer with untucked shirt and an obsession with playing the piano. When Lawrence goes missing, Victoria realizes something is off about the Cavendish Home. Kids go in and come home different… if they come home at all. Will Victoria be able to save Lawrence? Or will the Home claim another dreamy kid?
If you’re looking for something spooky and fantastical and altogether gross, stomach churning, triumphant, and just plain BEAUTIFUL, then this book is for you.
I originally bought this because the cover is intensely gorgeous. I didn’t know much about the plot other than there was a missing boy and a spooky orphanage that took children who weren’t orphans- they were just considered different or peculiar. The plot is so much deeper than that, more sinister and complex and it really makes you pause and think about what people will turn a blind eye to in order to maintain status quo. There are obviously trigger warnings on this for child abuse and some generally disgusting moments. You will also hate Victoria in the beginning but there is so much character growth throughout this book that you’ll forget you hated her by the end.
The best description I can give for this book is a more complex and better put together version of Coraline.