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The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls Hardcover – August 28, 2012
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Now the older readers. When I began this book, I immediately thought it was a sort of Stepford Wives for kids. Children, especially strange or odd children, or those who are for any reason outside the norm, are kidnapped, or disappear, only to (sometimes) turn up weeks or months later, transformed. They suddenly fit in; their odd individuality has been excised. As I read on, however, I began to think of this book as a cautionary tale against conformity, perfectionism, and intolerance. For me, the most insightful lines in the book occur when Miss Cavendish, the villain, says to Victoria, the heroine, "You and I are just alike." And the truth is, they are. As Victoria experiences the house in all its horrors, she realizes her own tendencies toward judgmental condemnation of others and love of doing things "just so," attitudes that can lead, in adulthood, to intolerance and bigotry. In addition, Miss Cavendish cannot enact her villainy without the consent and collusion of nearly all the townspeople.Read more ›
This was such a fun story. Plenty of mystery and intrigue and general creepiness. I loved the little bugs that were scattered throughout the story and the few illustrations made this story even more of a delight. Victoria was the kind of girl who needed everything to be perfect. She started hanging around Lawrence for the very reason of making him perfect. He was always quite disheveled with his head in music. Somehow though, Victoria managed to tolerate Lawrence and it seems she even grew fond of him.
Much of this book we are only with Victoria. Lawrence disappears quite early on, so we are tangled up in Victoria's rumination. She seems quite smart and able at this point. She's like a regular Nancy Drew, sleuthing around town. It helps that the grown-ups aren't their usual selves. There are a lot of great characters in this novel, some we only meet briefly but all of them play their parts and play them well.
The Cavendish Home is incredible. Every part of it left me feeling a bit creeped out. I really enjoyed it though, and could picture it vividly in my mind.Read more ›
This is a fascinating, twisted, bizarre, spooky, awesome story! I know, I shouldn't have been reading it because I'm all grown up but sometimes it's nice to read something that relaxes your brain and still provides an escape with interesting things to think about and a mystery to solve. I'm still shaking my head over the pure imagination wrapped up in this book. And the illustrations! Truly awesome, even on the Kindle. Just look at the cover. There's more of them inside, and each one is a treat.
There's creepy crawly things, a frightening caretaker, spooky evil headmistress, and an entire town under some sort of spell. And only one girl can fix the situation. Victoria. Do you doubt she'll be successful with a name like that? Victoria, for Victory.
If you're a parent, this one is great for your kids. It provides some talking points about being yourself, standing out in a crowd, letting people be who they are, going against the status quo, while at the same time touting the virtues of being a good girl (or boy). All while being entertaining as heck, especially for those who love the spooky or weird happenings stories. Halloween is right around the corner, y'all. This will definitely set the mood.
If you're an adult looking for a fast, fun read, check this out. It'll take you back to childhood. Like James and the Giant Peach, or Willy Wonka, it'll have you remembering those nights you spent under the covers with a flashlight, reading into the early hours of the morning. You did that, right? I'm not the only one....I can't be!
Go ahead, be a kid!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book. Where do I even begin?
If you're looking for something spooky and fantastical and altogether gross, stomach churning, triumphant, and just plain BEAUTIFUL,... Read more
It was definitely a creepier read than I expected, which was great. The ending felt rushed and a bit confusing, but overall a great read.Published 2 months ago by Julie
I must admit that I was drawn to this book by the beautiful dust jacket and quirky illustrations inside, but these are sadly the only worthwhile aspects and definitely did not make... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Christopher
This was really strange but interesting. I went into this book not really knowing what it was about so you can only imagine my surprise and confusion once I delved into it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Death Note Fanatic
Very creepy, surprisingly so in parts, and if my kids ever do decide they love to read, I hope they leave this one until they're at least, I don't know, nineteen or so. Read morePublished 15 months ago by melissa
Twelve-year-old Victoria Wright believes in perfection. Being top of her class isn’t just an achievement, it’s her right. Her best friend Lawrence Prewitt is nothing like her. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense
Originally reviewed at: http://www.shaelit.com/2013/06/review-the-cavendish-home-for-boys-and-girls-by-claire-legrand/
Cavendish is the type of book I would have loved... Read more
"The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls" is like a creepy giant roach (yes, I used this OBVIOUS comparison ) that crawls up the back of your shirt without you seeing it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Darkxy