Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Eleanor West runs the Home for Wayward Children, a last hope for the children who reside there. All the residents believe that they have visited a land where they truly belonged and have through banishment or mistake ended up back in this world: think Wonderland or Never Never Land or even Oz. All the children want is to return to the land that no one but they can accept as real. Or at least that is what they thought until they meet the other residents of Eleanor’s home – every resident has been elsewhere, each one a different elsewhere and they desperately want to return. And Eleanor understands having left a land she loves and will try to get these children where they belong or give them safe haven in our world.
Things seem fine in the Home until shortly after the newest arrival, Nancy, begins to settle in to her new surroundings. First one student is found murdered and mutilated, then another. Who is to blame? Can the school remain open? Will anyone ever find their doorway home?
More proof that good things come in small packages. I honestly don’t know what the difference is between a novella and a short novel, but at 173 pages I think this book could fall into either category. Whatever it is it is an enjoyable short read, especially for fans of Neil Gaiman’s dark urban fantasy.