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The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls Claire Legrand Victoria hates nonsense. There is no need for it when your life is perfect. The only smudge on her pristine life is her best friend Lawrence. He is a disaster”lazy and dreamy, shirt always untucked, obsessed with his silly piano. Victoria often wonders why she ever bothered being his friend. (Lawrence does too. ) But then Lawrence goes missing. And he’s not the only one. Victoria soon discovers that The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls is not what it appears to be.
Kids go in but come out… different. Or they don’t come out at all. If anyone can sort this out, it’s Victoria”even if it means getting a little messy. Victoria Wright is twelve years old and the top of her class at Impetus Academy. The pride of her stylish mother and well-connected father, Victoria makes sure that everything in her life is orderly and perfect, from her gleaming curls to her impeccable grades. In fact, the only thing that is not Just so for Victoria is her one and only friend Lawrence Prewitt.
Lawrence, also twelve years old, is a quiet boy with gray hairs that make him look a bit like a skunk, who doesn’t care about his grades or what others think of him. What Lawrence cares about is music – he’s a prodigy on the piano, but not much good at anything else. One day, after witnessing some particularly rude and disorderly taunting of Lawrence, Victoria decides to take him on as her own special project and befriends the strange musical boy (even when he resists and rejects her).
Victoria and Lawrence grow to be close friends, until the day that Lawrence isappears. Although the Prewitts insist that Lawrence is simply off visiting his ill Grandmother, Victoria notices that something is wrong – and this wrongness is not just with Lawrence’s parents, but with so many others in the pristine town of Belleville. Peoples’ smiles are garishly tight, their teeth too gleamingly white, and something else scuttles around the dark corners that Victoria can’t quite see.
At the heart of all this wrongness is the orphanage on Nine Silldie Place – The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls. Children, like Lawrence, are disappearing from Belleville, and no one seems to care – no one but a few quickly silenced adults (like Professor Alban) and Victoria, that is. Victoria is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, to find her friend, and to restore sanity to the world. -the oddness of the Other Mother’s realm in the other dimension that the Cavendish Home embodies.
LEARNING tells the story of a prickly heroine that learns her own worth and the value of riendship – that different and disorderly does not always mean worse Characters Victoria, the main character is an incredible MG heroine. Assertive, intelligent, self- sufficient. Incredibly self-aware about certain things: about her sense of self-worth education with a love for knowledge and a desire for victory. But she was also completely oblivious to others: like her potential for cruelty, the sense of superiority that effectively distanced her from the other kids and her real feelings for Lawrence