The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls

Book - 2012
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Practically-perfect twelve-year-old Victoria Wright must lie, sneak, and break the rules when her investigation of the disappearance of her best--and only--friend, Lawrence, reveals dark secrets about her town and the orphanage run by the reclusive Mrs. Cavendish.
Published: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781442442917
Branch Call Number: J LEG
Characteristics: viii, 343 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.


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This book was great! Perfect creepy mystery with a main character to root for!

Jun 12, 2018

This was an educational book on friendship and facing your fears.
This book was a bit scary throughout the whole thing, so I suggest little kids would not want to read it. If you aren't scared of anything that goes bump in the night, this book is for you!
Have fun reading it.

JCLChrisK Nov 16, 2017

An excellently creepy, sinister horror story with heart.

ArapahoeJessica May 31, 2017

The perfect blend of spooky, sassy and the occasional sweet moment. Readers will grow with Victoria as she confronts an increasingly disturbing mystery in her well-ordered world. This is a must read middle grade scary story about friendship and facing your fears!

Sep 28, 2015

yes! I loved this book,pretty scary.

Aug 08, 2015

this book was so good! it was a little scary so be prepared. if you like mysterious and suspensful you will love this!

Jul 05, 2015

Awesome creepy book about a girl trying to save her best friend. A series of happenings fall upon them, but in the end, everything turns out fine!

Dec 26, 2014

Victoria, a perfectionist, befriends Lawrence, a musical slouch. They are an unlikely pair, but when Lawrence disappears, Victoria sets out to find him. She notices other children disappearing and adults acting in very strange ways. Even after being warned not to stir the waters, Victoria asks questions and researches the Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls where she believes the children, as well as some adults, have been taken. Eventually, Victoria is taken as well and continues her research from the inside. Is the Home a part of Mrs. Cavendish? What is in the dark garden? What moves at night in the Home? Where do the children who never return go? These are some of the questions she must answer in order to free herself and the other taken children.

This book is a horror novel, plain and simple. There is a lot of scary suspense as well as disgusting moments (eating of human flesh) and large sprinklings of child abuse. Mrs. Cavendish hits the children repeatedly as well as emotionally torturing them. Many of the pages have drawings of the ever present evil cockroaches. There is a lot of screaming in the darkness, people living in a "drugged" state and missing bodies.

I would not normally read this sort of book or recommend it, but once I started I could not get away from the mystery aspect of it. Where were the children? I enjoyed Victoria putting her superior attitude to work to save the children. There were quite a few holes in the story and parts that seemed not to belong, but the story flowed well and was riveting.

This story is recommended for ages 10 and up. I would recommend it for grades 6 and up, however, and only for those who enjoy reading horror and are not sensitive to dark subjects. Otherwise, if you are looking for a light read, I would give this book a pass as it is extremely scary and may very well give you nightmares. The multitudes of cockroaches alone were enough to creep me out but the child abuse was beyond heartbreaking.


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Jun 12, 2018

WenjingKitty thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Dec 26, 2014

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

orange_cat_2391 May 09, 2013

orange_cat_2391 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over


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Dec 26, 2014

Violence: child abuse

Dec 26, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Eating of human flesh, multitudes of evil bugs, people being "taken", plus more


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