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Where the Drowned Girls Go (Wayward Children, 7) Hardcover – January 4, 2022
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In Where the Drowned Girls Go, the next addition to Seanan McGuire's beloved Wayward Children series, students at an anti-magical school rebel against the oppressive faculty
"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...
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An Amazon Best Book of 2022
"[Where the Drowned Girls Go] highlights the horror of a world that requires you to deny what you know to be true because it doesn’t quite fit, and it is a fantastic and tension-filled addition to the Wayward Children series." ―Booklist
“Outstanding… Throughout Cora’s harrowing adventures, McGuire’s sense of whimsy never falters… The result will captivate both longtime Wayward Children fans and new readers.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
"The message of owning one's truth instead of losing one's individuality will resonate. Highly recommended." ―Library Journal
Praise for the Wayward Children series
“A mini-masterpiece of portal fantasy that deserves to be shelved with Lewis Carroll's and C. S. Lewis' classics.” ―NPR, on Every Heart a Doorway
“Anyone who appreciates off-the-beaten-path adventures will be swept away.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Across the Green Grass Fields
“One of the most extraordinary stories I've ever read.” ―V. E. Schwab, on Every Heart a Doorway
“Seanan McGuire has long been one of the smartest writers around, and with this novella we can easily see that her heart is as big as her brain.” ―Charlaine Harris, on Every Heart a Doorway
“This is a gorgeous story: sometimes mean, sometimes angry, and always exciting.” ―Cory Doctorow for BoingBoing, on Every Heart a Doorway
“So mindblowingly good, it hurts.” ―io9, on Every Heart a Doorway
“A gorgeous standalone. The prose is emotional and moving and will speak to the hearts and minds of readers.” ―Kirkus, on Across the Green Grass Fields
“A great read for middle and high schoolers who enjoy themes of friendship and family, and a magical world of unicorns and centaurs.” ―School Library Journal, on Across the Green Grass Fields
About the Author
- Publisher : Tordotcom (January 4, 2022)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250213622
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250213624
- Item Weight : 10.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.7 x 0.85 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #70,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2022
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It’s good that you can read these books in any order, because I realized that I hadn’t read “Come Tumbling Down” yet, which includes the part where Cora meets the Drowned Gods. I guess I accidentally skipped over that one when I was binging the series before. But there was enough information to catch me up so I could follow along. If you’re new to this series, it’s fine to jump in at any point and/or only read the books that sound interesting to you. They all weave together in a unique way, but relevant information is repeated in each book.
I also liked the new characters, especially the mouse girl who couldn’t say her name. It reminded me of the Nutcracker story and the Rat King. I would love to learn more about all these other worlds that get mentioned by other characters. I guess then the series would never end, but I don’t mind it. They’re always short and over too soon!
But the biggest mystery now is the Whitethorn Institute and how it’s related to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. Is Eleanor really helping her students? Why is the other school so harsh, and why does it need to steal names? With a year between each book, it will be awhile to wait to find out more answers.
LGBTQIA representation: secondary characters (two of the teachers) were an F/F couple. The intersex main character from a previous book is a secondary character in this book, although I don’t think this book mentioned her identity.
“No solicitation. No visitors.
In this not-a-quest, we follow Cora, who we already know and love. Cora, who travelled to the Trenches and has quite possibly the best hair ever as a result, broke my heart all over again in this novella. Haunted by her time in the Moors, Cora comes to the very logical but devastating conclusion that if she can only find a way to forget, she will be safe from the Drowned Gods.
“And everyone knew that things from the other side of the door could absolutely leak through into this reality.”
Cora’s decision takes her away from my beloved Eleanor to the Whitethorn Institute, a place where care is weaponised. There we meet more Waywards, their experience of reentry into this world nothing like those we’ve seen so far. I spent much of this book feeling sad and angry and powerless, but I know Waywards and they’re a plucky bunch so hope is never too far away, even when the circumstances look, sound and, dare I say, taste dire.
I love every world I’ve visited so far and every one I’ve heard about in passing. There’s always a part of me, though, that hopes this will be the story of my door, that when I read it I’ll recognise its shape and it will finally open to me. I already know I’m sure, even if my world eventually spits me back out into this one. I’m going to keep believing and it will find me.
The closest I’ve come to finding my door came in this book, explored in only four sentences. The never ending Halloween of Emily’s world sounded right up my alley and I’m hoping to get to explore it further in a future book.
As always, I’m obsessed with Rovina Cai’s illustrations.
While I’m still patiently waiting for the time when Seanan is sure enough to share Kade’s story with us, I’m also still hoping to visit Eleanor’s world, as well as those of the nameless girl and one of the matrons.
“The doors never completely leave us.”
Content warnings are included on my blog.
I am so glad that Seanan McGuire keeps putting her stories out into the world, and I’ll continue to eagerly devour them!