Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.
But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.
Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.
But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.
No matter the cost.
Pros – Jack, the school, Kade
Cons – I’ll be honest, as much as I like this book I now rather desperately want books about Kade, Jack, Nancy, and Sumi and the adventures behind their doors…
Review – “Nobody gets to tell me how my story ends but me”
That is such a wonderful sentiment I want it as a tattoo.
This is only the first book! I’m so excited! Jack was possibly my favorite character, she just made…sense to me, even if I’m not that scientific her world outlook made so much sense.
McGuire, who I adore for a variety of books, crafted a novel similar in tone to her INDEXING books, in that people in the novel just were. They struggled to find their place, to find their home, but didn’t let what others (their parents namely, tho to a certain extent their classmates) determine WHO they were.
Kade who wanted to remember his time in Prism, even if he didn’t want to go back because it made him who he felt comfortable being. Who knew “Katie” was a phantom who didn’t need to return.
Jack who sought science and the morbid because for her that made more sense then the pettiness of her classmates. She wanted to learn for the sake of learning.
Christopher saw beauty in bones and the eternal smiles of skulls, disturbed but not really by how someone joined the skeletal world he missed.
Sumi who never stopped. Who didn’t feel right stopping. Who spoke in riddles and spoke of her granddaughters visiting her true Love’s grave one day with the same emotion as being reunites with him.
And Nancy.. poor Nancy. Nancy who didn’t want to stand out because she didn’t feel she earned the right. Nancy who revered the dead because they understood the honor. Nancy who didn’t understand what else she needed to be “sure” and who made friends accidentally.
This is a book for the boys and girls who knew their home, knew their place and didn’t know why they couldn’t just BE.
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Published by: Tor.com
Release: April 5, 2016
Series: First in Series
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