Where the Drowned Girls Go (Wayward Children Book #7)
Genre: Young adult fantasy
Publication Date: January 7, 2020
Length: 150 pages
Welcome to the Whitethorn Institute. The first step is always admitting you need help, and you’ve already taken that step by requesting a transfer into our company.
There is another school for children who fall through doors and fall back out again.
It isn’t as friendly as Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.
And it isn’t as safe.
When Eleanor West decided to open her school, her sanctuary, her Home for Wayward Children, she knew from the beginning that there would be children she couldn’t save; when Cora decides she needs a different direction, a different fate, a different prophecy, Miss West reluctantly agrees to transfer her to the other school, where things are run very differently by Whitethorn, the Headmaster.
She will soon discover that not all doors are welcoming…
Hi! I’m Seanan McGuire, author of the Toby Daye series (Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation, An Artificial Night, Late Eclipses), as well as a lot of other things. I’m also Mira Grant (www.miragrant.com), author of Feed and Deadline.
Born and raised in Northern California, I fear weather and am remarkably laid-back about rattlesnakes. I watch too many horror movies, read too many comic books, and share my house with two monsters in feline form, Lilly and Alice (Siamese and Maine Coon).
My Thoughts & Takeaways
In the first Wayward Children book, Every Heart a Doorway, we were introduced to Miss West’s Home for Wayward Children, where children are given a safe place to recover from their otherworldly experiences. All of these children have somehow visited different lands – of all different varieties. The common denominator? They’ve all been forced to return “home.”
In the second book, Down Among the Sticks and Bones, we got to explore the origin story of Jack and Jill. In the third book, Beneath the Sugar Sky, we got to explore the world of Confection. And, the fourth, we went to The Goblin Market in In An Absent Dream. The fifth, Come Tumbling Down, took us back to the Moors with the twins and the sixth took us to a land full of unicorns and centaurs in Across the Green Grass Fields.
The seventh book is a great installment into this wonderfully beautiful series. We not only get to hear more about Cora’s story but also the existence of another school for wayward children. The book was highly relatable in regards to Cora’s weight and fatphobia.
Also whoever does the cover heart for this series deserves some kind of award. Beautiful and so effortlessly ties together.
Fans of the series won’t be disappointed by this installment in my opinion. It has the same magical writing and world-building, beloved characters, and introductions to new characters.
“A Jack-o’-lantern might be beautiful, but it was still something that had been cut open and hollowed out because someone wanted it to suit their idea of what a pumpkin ought to be. It wasn’t its own self anymore.”
“Heroism is addictive. Maybe that’s why it sounds so much like heroin. [Sumi Ohashi]”