Nikki Loftin – The Sinister Sweetness Of Splendid Academy
Splendid Academy is a very special school, where candy dishes are on every students’ desk, students are serve scrumptious and nutritionally dubious breakfast/ lunch/snacks. The playground equipment is out of every kid’s fanatsy….however there is something strange about the school, Lorelei notices it right from the beginning….it only took three days for the school to be built, the candy dishes never empty, and the students never stop eating!
Lorelei, and her new friend Andrew, discover the school and its students are in the grip of a magic spell; but every spell can be broken, all poisons have an anitdote; sometimes however the cure is more painful than the disease.
Dr. Who meets Grimm in a middle school!
I cannot tell you enough how much I enjoyed reading this book! It has the quirky Dr. Who mystery, where our heroine knows there is somethig wrong but can’t quite place exactly what the problem is. Plus Grimm’s (as in the Grimm fairy tales) use of dark creatures which are at the heart of the sinister magical spell, but it’s grounded in the social dynamics and antics of a middle school.
I really enjoyed the dark and twisty turns the author takes on in her mystery. Where everyone is layered and you never know if someone is exactly how they seem. Over-arching themes of how love is blind, what evil really is and friendship make this a book anyone could enjoy reading over and over again.
I would recommend this book for all kids (it is told exclusively from Lorelei’s point of view, however Andrew is very prominent in the story) 10+. It would make a fantastic Halloween present!