The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy

Lorelei is bowled over by Splendid Academy—Principal Trapp encourages the students to run in the hallways, the classrooms are stocked with candy dishes, and the cafeteria serves lavish meals featuring all Lorelei’s favorite foods. But the more time she spends at school, the more suspicious she becomes. Why are her classmates growing so chubby? And why do the teachers seem so sinister?

It’s up to Lorelei and her new friend Andrew to figure out what secret this supposedly splendid school is hiding. What they discover chills their bones—and might even pick them clean!

Mix one part magic, one part mystery, and just a dash of Grimm, and you’ve got the recipe for a cozy-creepy read that kids will gobble up like candy.

Reviews and Honors

Winner of the 2013 Writer’s League of Texas Book Award (MG/YA)

Selected for the 2015 Oklahoma Library Association’s Sequoyah Award Master List

Selected for the 2016-2017 Florida Association for Media in Education’s Sunshine State Young Readers Award List, Grades 6-8

“An irresistible contemporary fairy tale. . . . Deliciously scary and satisfying.”—Kirkus

“A wickedly intriguing, deliciously eerie read.” —New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith

“A mesmerizing read. . . . a fantasy that feels simultaneously classic and new.”—Publishers Weekly