Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy
Author: Nikki Loftin
Rating: 4 stars
Summary: When Lorelei's old school mysteriously burns down, a new one appears practically overnight: Splendid Academy. Rock-climbing walls on the playground and golden bowls of candy on every desk? Gourmet meals in the cafeteria, served by waiters? Optional homework and two recess periods a day? It's ever kid's dream.
But Lorelei and her new friend Andrew are pretty sure it's too good to be true. Together they uncover the sinister mystery, one with their teacher, the beautiful Ms. Morrigan, at the very center. Then Andrew disappears. Lorelei has to save him, even if that means facing a past she'd like to forget – and taking on a teacher who's a real witch.
What Lorelei and Andrew discover chills their bones – and might even pick them clean!
Review: When I first read the summary, I thought it would be a little too young for me, but I ended up liking it. The main character is a sixth grader, which is a vast jump from the books I usually read where the main character is in the middle of high school. By the first paragraph, I was hooked. This is the first book I have ever read where when a kid is being bullied, another kid does the smart thing and goes to tell an adult. It was a refreshing change. And while in that scene it seems possible that kids could be that mean, but there were one or two others where I thought, "No person could be that cruel." I especially thought this of Molly, Lorelei's stepmother, but as I've grown up surrounded by mostly nice people, I think that a lot. Kids of all ages will enjoy this quick, fun read!
ARC was provided by the author.