Victoria is the perfect child. She has perfect curls, perfect manners, and perfect grades. Lawrence is anything but perfect. He is disheveled. He struggles in school. He is lazy. He drives Victoria crazy, especially the way he is always humming or playing the piano. Victoria sets out to fix him, but doesn't realize she actually cares about him until he disappears. His parents claim that Lawrence is at his grandparents' house, but their strange behavior convinces her that he is missing.
Victoria realizes that everyone in the town is acting very strange. Children are disappearing without anyone noticing. The adults are always smiling creepy fake smiles. Bugs are everywhere pinching and biting. She knows that there is more than meets the eye at The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, but Mrs. Cavendish will not easily give up her secrets.
This book is fun, spooky, and unique. It's great for middle grade kids who love to be scared, but aren't ready for intense scares. The book is creepy without being gory or graphic. The only part of the story I didn't like was that the ending was a bit abrupt. The rest was a perfect choice for Halloween.