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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Orphan Band Of Springdale

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I wanted to read The Orphan Band Of Springdale solely based on the cover. Yes, I totally judged a book by it's cover.  It just looked so interesting that it made me want to read it.  The story lived up to the cover hype!


There was so much going on in this story, but somehow it all tied together at the end. Gusta (Augusta) Neubronner was sent to live with her grandmother in Springdale, Maine. Her father leaves her on a bus headed to Maine with an address of her grandmother's house, a suitcase with her clothes and a french horn. It is in those moments I just fell in love with Gusta. She is a young girl of 11 years old and her bravery and composure as she watches her father flee the bus and the police come on and search for him just had me in awe.


The story is set in 1941 around World War II. There are people in this small town of Springdale, Maine who fear that aliens aka immigrants are spying for Germany. One girl in Gusta's class makes it particularly difficult for her by questioning her German -sounding last name and I really loved to see their story turnaround by the end of the book. The fear of immigrants and the unknown is something that was very much an issue in 1941 and can still be so relevant today.

Throw in some searching for a magic wish, forming a band with her cousins and some serious family secrets and you have a book that had me enthralled.

Have you ever judged a book by it's cover?  Did it live up to the hype?

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