Sunday, December 4, 2011

Oddfellow's Orphanage by Emily Winfield Martin

This story has the flavor of an old Victorian children's story and I like it a lot.  It's simple, filled with odd characters, and it's a pleasant story to read.

Random House Books for Young Readers sent me a copy of this ebook for review (thank you).  It will be published at the end of January, so look for a copy then.

It all starts with a shout in the middle of the night that it's time to collect another child.  The owner of orphanage takes off in a carriage drawn by two bears and returns with a tiny, tow-headed, mute girl.  She's newly orphaned and has many "different" children to meet in her new home.

The nicest message here is that being different doesn't matter.  If only more people in this world felt that way...

Delia can't speak and has white hair.  Another girl is from a tattooed family and has her whole body covered with them.  One girl came with two birds and they stay with her all the time.  The oddest of all are the human-sized hedgehog and the boy with the onion head.  But all fit into life at the orphanage.  They have lessons, they have fun, and they really are like one big family.

It's a good, fun read that should fascinate young readers with imaginations.  Besides all the make believe, it also teaches a lesson in tolerance.  Being different doesn't make you bad.  You can still be a friend.

Happy reading.

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