Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy


Candy in class and gourmet school meals! Maybe going to the new charter school will make up for Lorelei and Bryan's new stepmother...or perhaps there's something darker under Splendid's shiny surface.

Amazing how Splendid Academy was built in just one weekend. Breakfast and lunch are incredible, with extra snacks during both recesses on its fabulous playground, and homework is optional! Perhaps sixth grade will be the year that Lorelei finally can write something readable...

Her new friend Andrew thinks it's really weird that the kids at Splendid Academy stay hungry, even though they eat all day long at school. So he and Lorelei try not to eat the school food as an experiment - and their teacher doesn't like that!

Mythology study, all-day candy, mysterious talk between teacher and principal - none of this can keep Lorelei's mind off her mother's death last year and her own secret.

Why does Splendid Academy feed, feed, feed its students?
What's so secret about that thing in the teachers' lounge?
Why did Mom have to die and leave Lorelei so alone in the world?

As Principal Trapp's behavior toward Lorelei becomes sweeter, her teachers get crankier, and the former students' pictures on the wall seem to be telling her to run away! The sweet secrets hiding at Splendid might be from a fairy tale or they could be a daytime nightmare.

Recommended by: Katy Manck, Librarian-at-Large (retired academic/corporate/school librarian), Gilmer, Texas, USA – blogging young adult books beyond the bestsellers at

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