Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else.
But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.
Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced... they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.
But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.
No matter the cost.
I was a little scared to start this one because I wasn’t sure I was going to like the world it was set in.
Right from the start this one feels different, a darker side to fairytales perhaps. We meet a bunch of wayward children who live in a school together because they have traveled to other worlds. Most of the kids would want nothing more than to travel back to the world they prefer to live in, most are forever changed and only prepared to live in this other world.
I really found the other worlds to be quite fascinating and I really enjoyed how each one changed the kids who went there. Each teenager in this book has a big personality with crazy things they believe and it is refreshing almost to see so many unreliable characters all in one book. You never know what you are in for next and the mystery elements to the book were also very well done.
Overall, this is a short book at under 200 pages so I do not want to spoil a single magical second for you. I say read it because it is well worth it and I can’t wait to dive into the next few that are already out.