Fantasy Book Review: Witherwood Reform School

Witherwood Reform School by Obert Skye

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.

Tobias and Charlotte are precocious children with an ornery streak. After an incident with their latest nanny, the siblings are abandoned at the front gate of a creepy reform school. Their father only meant it as a scare tactic, however gets into a car accident on his way back to pick them up – and now has amnesia. Tobias and Charlotte soon learn that they should have never entered the school grounds to wait on their father’s return.

Witherwood Reform School is first in an exciting, new fantasy series for middle readers. As a fan of Obert Skye’s Pillage series, I was looking forward to this release. The characters are quirky and engaging. And the story is creepy and fun. Skye blends fantasy, drama, mystery, and quite a bit of humor into a fast-paced novel that was over too soon. I look forward to the next in this series , which leaves off in a deliberate a cliffhanger.

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