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Where the Drowned Girls Go

By Seanan McGuire
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Publisher Description

Winner: 2023 Hugo Award for Best Novella
Winner: 2022 Hugo Award for Best Series

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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631 Reviews

Thinking Face“Some cool things and reactions to this one: it addresses that the doors aren’t kind — they’re simply worlds, and worlds that ask too much of children (much like ours) — so we ask, if given a choice, what do we do? And how do we (as an audience) handle children’s agency? The books constantly battle the conversations of worlds taking advantage of children’s youth and naivety, and perhaps that’s why the characters try so hard to categorize the worlds into a hard compass. As Cora says, though, it isn’t that simple. Worlds that might fall in similar categories are not necessarily the same. I think what’s interesting about this book is that it asks what we can learn from horrible environments, and challenges the “they’ll figure it out” mindset and the way it can allow some wounds to fester. We know that no child deserves darkness, and that no one system works for every child. This books seems to be an argument for differentiated, child-centered care; championing children’s ability to identify their own needs with loving guidance. That’s cool. As a note HUGE ED and self-harm warning for the bulk of the book. Also, why the mention of age of majority? Could have gone any other way.”
Characters change and growDark settingComing of ageSelf-harm
Easy to readFast-pacedPredictableUnsatisfying endingUnsatisfying plot
Thinking Face“Man……. I love this series. I think we may have gotten a glimpse at the antagonist of this series? Or maybe just a rando baddy. Would read again!”
Likable charactersBeautifully writtenBeautiful settingDark settingMagical settingDark

About Seanan McGuire

SEANAN McGUIRE is the author of the Hugo, Nebula, Alex, and Locus Award–winning Wayward Children series; the October Daye series; the InCryptid series; the delightfully dark Middlegame; and other works. She also writes comics for Marvel, darker fiction as Mira Grant, and younger fiction as A. Deborah Baker. Seanan lives in Seattle with her cats, a vast collection of creepy dolls, horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She won the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2013 became the first person to appear five times on the same Hugo ballot.

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