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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Blog Tour (Review): WITHERWOOD REFORM SCHOOL by Obert Skye (MG)

by Obert Skye
Illustrated by Keith Thompson
Expected release date: March 3rd, 2015
Published by: Henry Holt and Co. (Macmillan)
Genre: Middle Grade
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Format read: ARC from the publisher.


After a slight misunderstanding involving a horrible governess, oatmeal, and a jar of tadpoles, siblings Tobias and Charlotte Eggars find themselves abandoned by their father at the gates of a creepy reform school. 

Evil mysteries are afoot at Witherwood, where the grounds are patrolled by vicious creatures after dark and kids are locked in their rooms. 

Charlotte and Tobias soon realize that they are in terrible danger — especially because the head of Witherwood has perfected the art of mind control. 

If only their amnesiac father would recover and remember that he has two missing children. 

If only Tobias and Charlotte could solve the dark mystery and free the kids at Witherwood — 
and ultimately save themselves.


There are very few authors that can pull off such a wickedly humorous story about two siblings that !

The narrator tells us the story about how Tobias and Charlotte Eggars ended up at Witherwood Reform School. And it is not a pretty nor easy story to tell.
Tobias is a normal boy that likes a little mischief. He's very smart and thinks better when he can write things down and loves to study and draw maps. Very protective and attuned to his younger sister.
Charlotte is also just a normal girl who always sees the bright things to every situation. She compliments her brother's darkers side too well. She always seems to be the voice of reason.
The school is dark, mysterious, strange and... perhaps even evil. Too many odd and unexplained things occur. A headmaster that is able to brainwash the students. Unknown guardians that could possibly kill any intruders, and/or, escapees.
And the narrator knows how to guide us with what is right, what is wrong, and what Tobias and Charlotte should have and shouldn't have done. The narrator is very smart, cautious and to the point. Anyone reading this book should take much care in what the narrator suggests.

There is no happy ending here. Tobias and Charlotte brought this bad luck onto themselves. And it will definitely take some time to figure out what they have done, what they are mixed up in... and if they will ever learn their lesson(s) and be able to make amends in order to get out of Witherwood... sane and whole.

Definitely for fans of Lemony Snicket's Unfortunate Events series, this book will have you laughing out loud, grossed out and on the edge of your seat! I anxiously await for the next book to be released! Will the Eggers siblings be able to behave enough to not get into anymore trouble? Will they figure out a way to leave the reformed school for good? So many questions, so little time... can't wait!!!

*An ARC was sent to me from the publisher for the blog tour and an honest review. All thoughts are my own.


Obert Skye is the author and illustrator of the Creature from My Closet series: WonkensteinPotterwookieePinocula, and Katfish (forthcoming September 2014). He has also written the bestselling children’s fantasy adventure series Leven Thumps and Pillage. 

He currently lives indoors and near a thin, winding road with his family. 

Macmillan "Witherwood Reform School" Blog Tour Schedule

2/27: Mundie Kids

1 comment:

  1. Sounds fantastic, Lemony Snicket's Unfortunate Events's its an amazing book and this books sounds too, love te synopsis and your review is great


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