By: Anne Nesbet
Expected Publication: April 10, 2018
Cleanliness (See “About” for scale): Very Clean (Middle-grade fiction. Topics to consider: orphans, fugitives, bullying, war, injury, and lying.)
Who knew a book about World War II could be so extremely sweet and beautiful?! I loved this book so much! A lot of it made me think of The Penderwicks and A Series of Unfortunate Events mushed together.
The author’s writing style is absolutely perfect for middle-grade fiction, but it’s also a nice read for adults. A lot of tough subjects (e.g. war, loss of family, unfair treatment by authority, inequality, Nazis) were presented and dealt with nicely, but in a kid-friendly way. It was so realistic and down-to-earth with just a little sprinkle of the magic of childhood.
It is a story (at its root) about a girl, with her beloved French horn, who discovers how one little kid can make a big difference, even in a war-stricken world.
The Orphan Band of Springdale was adorable, interesting, sad, and meaningful all at the same time, and I loved it.