Saturday, January 7, 2017

Witherwood Reform School by Obert Skye - ESSENTIAL

Skye, Obert Witherwood Reform School, 231 pgs. Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 2015. $16.99.  Language G; Mature Content G; Violence G.

Sinister may be the operating word here as siblings Tobias and Charlotte Eggers find themselves in a reform school called Witherwood.  Witherwood seems like a bad dream that the two plucky children can’t seem to escape from.  There are many dark forces at work, making the children’s stay seem more like a run-in with the Twilight Zone.  

Even though the school is creepy, the writing style is delightful and the book sucks you in from the first.  Tobias and Charlotte are likeable characters though I will check my gravy before eating it from now on.  The book, even by its own admission, does not end happily, and you will definitely want to move on to book two to explore this story further. A fun and engaging read. 

EL, MS - ESSENTIAL.  Michelle in the Middle

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