Loftin, Nikki The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy 228 pgs. Razorbill, 2012. $11.55. (Rating: G)
Lorelei and her brother are going to a new school –The Splendid Academy, which is almost too good to be true. Lots of the best food, lax rules, lax assignments, and an amazing playground. But something is wrong, and it takes her new friend Andrew and the kitchen staff to help her see that something sinister is going on. Something that requires all the students to be fattened up!
So this was decent read, but it could have been 100 pages shorter, much of it just repetitive. I am still really sick of the evil headmasters (orphanage, school, you name it), and even worse –the creative tortures. There is also a personal tragedy element that just doesn't come together in a way that makes sense at all. But I think students will dig the mystery, magic, and even the sweets. If you need something to fill your shelves, you could do worse than this.
ELEMENTARY–OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie School Librarian & Author.