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Orphan eleven

by Choldenko, Gennifer, 1957-

Format: Print Book 2020
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 6 copies
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An engaging adventure from a Newbery Honor-winning storyteller for readers who love the circus, and anyone who has dreamed of finding the perfect home.

Four orphans have escaped from the Home for Friendless Children. One is Lucy, who used to talk and sing. No one knows why she doesn't speak anymore; silence is her protection.

The orphans find work and new friends at a traveling circus. Lucy loves caring for the elephants, but she must be able to speak to them, and to warn others of danger. If Lucy doesn't find her voice, she'll be left behind when the circus goes on the rails. Meanwhile, people are searching for Lucy, and her puzzling past is about to catch up with her.

This lively, heartwarming novel by the award-winning author of the Tales from Alcatraz series is full of marvels and surprises.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In 1939, life for orphans is bleak at the Home for Friendless Children, where 11-year-old Lucy Sauvé has adopted selective mutism to cope with harsh treatment from the matron and teachers. When left momentarily unattended during her outdoor chores, Lucy makes a run for it, along with the other three children working with her. After a couple of setbacks, the fugitives find refuge with Saachi's Circus Spectacular. The catch? They must each find an apprenticeship with the circus if they wish to stay. This proves especially challenging for Lucy, who longs to work with the elephants but is required to speak to do so. Her struggle to reclaim her voice is intercut with letters to the orphanage from her older sister, Dilly, who is frantically trying to locate Lucy. Choldenko fills her narrative with authentic circus lingo and well-researched historical tidbits--explicated in an author's note--that make Lucy's journey ring true. This story of friendship, inner strength, and family comes in an adventurous package that will appeal to readers of realistic fiction."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Left at the Home for Friendless Children five years ago, 11-year-old Lucy Sauve, once a singer with a beautiful voice, has been relentlessly tormented by the head matron and music teacher until developing selective mutism. While working outside one spring day in 1939, Lucy escapes, hoping to make her way to Chicago and her older sister, Dilly. She's joined by three other orphans, and the four hitchhike to that city, where they are connected with Jabo, a dwarf and the aspiring ringmaster of Sacchi's Circus. If they secure an apprenticeship in one week without making three mistakes, they're told, they can stay with the circus permanently. Lucy desperately wants to help care for the circus's elephants, but it's deemed too dangerous unless she speaks. Choldenko (the Tales from Alcatraz series) includes lively details about circus life in the 1930s as well as vividly wrought characters, such as prickly Bald Doris and kindhearted Jabo. Choldenko intersperses letters from Lucy's sister that reveal the orphanage's sinister attempts to keep Lucy from her family, adding a welcome layer of mystery to the story. With Lucy's undaunted determination and boundless compassion, this uplifting tale of hope, survival, and belonging has all the ingredients to become a beloved middle grade book. Ages 8--12. Agent: Elizabeth Harding, Curtis Brown. (May)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Orphans -- Juvenile fiction.
Orphanages -- Juvenile fiction.
Selective mutism -- Juvenile fiction.
Runaways -- Juvenile fiction.
Circus -- Juvenile fiction.
Elephants -- Juvenile fiction.
Human experimentation in medicine -- Juvenile fiction.
Orphans -- Fiction.
Orphanages -- Fiction.
Selective mutism -- Fiction.
Runaways -- Fiction.
Circus -- Fiction.
Elephants -- Fiction.
Human experimentation in medicine -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First Edition.
Language English
Description 306 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780385742559
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