Just a quick reminder that the Cavendish Blog Tour begins today at Mundie Kids!
Head on over to read an excerpt from the book, and comment on the post to win a finished hardcover copy of The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls!
You can find the complete tour schedule HERE.
Also, GUESS WHAT?!
So, for a long time now, I’ve been SUPER nervous about Cavendish getting professional reviews from the likes of Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, Booklist, etc. It’s not that I’m not proud of Cavendish; it’s just that getting reviews is SCARY. I bet even for George R. R. Martin it’s scary for like a second and then he’s all, “Oh, right, what I could do to your favorite characters in the next book is WAY scarier than any review. SO BITE ME. I am awesome.”
Well, whatever, GRRM. I was nervous. And this morning, Cavendish got its first review, and for a few seconds I wasn’t nervous anymore because OMG. A STARRED REVIEW FROM KIRKUS. Here is the review as forwarded to me by my beautiful, beautiful editor Zareen Jaffery (and it’s a good thing she’s not here right now because I’m so excited I might very well kiss her on the mouth and frighten her away forever). You can also read the review online!
The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls
A heartwarming friendship tale—played out amid carpets of chittering insects, torture both corporal and psychological, the odd bit of cannibalism and like ghoulish delights. Being practically perfect in every way and someone who “never walked anywhere without extreme purpose,” 12-year-old Victoria resolutely sets about investigating the sudden disappearance of her scruffy classmate and longtime rehabilitation project Lawrence. After troubling encounters with several abruptly strange and wolfish adults in town, including her own parents, she finds herself borne into the titular Home by a swarm of 10-legged roachlike creatures. This abduction quickly leads to the discovery that it’s not an orphanage but a reform school. There, for generations, local children have had qualities deemed undesirable beaten or frightened out of them by sweet-looking, viciously psychotic magician/headmistress/monster bug Mrs. Cavendish. Victoria is challenged by a full array of terror-tale tropes, from disoriented feelings that things are “not quite right” and “[s]harp, invisible sensations, like reaching fingers” to dark passageways lined with rustling roaches and breakfast casseroles with chunks of…meat. A thoroughgoing ickfest, elevated by vulnerable but resilient young characters and capped by a righteously ominous closing twist.
OMG Y’ALL. I am crying sparkly tears of joy right now. So is UNICORN. We have been cuddling each other for like twenty minutes straight. Kirkus is notoriously tough, and that Cavendish got such a fun write-up and that beautiful star (much like the ones exploding around UNICORN’s head right now) is absolutely beyond thrilling.
THIS IS A GOOD WAY TO START OFF THE WEEK.