The Orphan's Tale

The Orphan's Tale

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Sixteen-year-old Noa, forced to give up her baby fathered by a Nazi soldier, snatches a child from a boxcar containing Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp and takes refuge with a traveling circus, where Astrid, a Jewish aerialist, becomes her mentor.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario : Mira, [2017]
Copyright Date: ℗♭2017.
ISBN: 9780778319818
0778319814
9780778330639
077833063X
Characteristics: 344 pages ;,25 cm.

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orange_lobster_23
Apr 18, 2018

The story is a tale of survival, friendship and building trust by two women whose livelihoods are as arialists in a travelling circus in Vichy France during WWII. Both women from disparate
backgrounds are united by having been rejected by people they most loved in the world,
and their tenuous attempts to survive. Despite these backgrounds, they learn that the only way they can ultimately survive is to trust and rely on each other.

MariePat Mar 15, 2018

I really loved this book. It was an easy read and page turner. It is about 2 women working in a circus in the middle of World War II and the sacrifices they make for each other. I highly recommend!

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Jenkskitten
Nov 25, 2017

Enjoyable reading mostly of the lives of two women during WW2 and the hardships they overcame. The understanding of the title doesn't come until the end. This is another view of some unforgotten people who survived or died during this war time. Easy read in large print.

CRRL_MegRaymond Nov 17, 2017

Babies given up and stolen. Circus performers who are best friends and bitter rivals. And Nazis.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 12, 2017

A captivating tale about two souls, with different pasts and struggles, who must join together to overcome their internal and external problems. I am absolutely blown away by this beauty; it really reached down and squeezed my heart at the end. I really don't know how to put it into words, but this book was "good for the soul." It really opened up the world of those living during the harsh world of World War II, and I truly hope it blows up and gets more recognition. (Additionally, I liked what the author did with the prologue and epilogue, as it gave the reader closure but also a spark of mystery). 5/5 stars
- @Siri of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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m0mmyl00
Sep 18, 2017

Seems like I'm reading a lot of books these days about young women being forced to give up their babies -- this one, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, and The Aquariums of Pyongyang. Also, several unlikely "joining the circus" books. This was an engaging book written by a most accomplished woman. Her bio states that she's written numerous books, is a lawyer, and mother of three. Sheesh.

The Orphan's Tale is about a young woman, Noa, who got pregnant by her Nazi boyfriend. She was cast out by her family and forced to give up her baby. When she heard babies' cries coming from a train car, and realized they were bound for extermination, she took one and claimed it as her brother. She was taken in by a traveling circus under the condition that she become a part of their act; she was to become an aerialist, i.e., a flying trapeze artist. Pretty far-fetched, but the author made it work.

The author knows the right buttons to push to engage the reader and advance the story. But she did not find any new buttons; I did not feel a sense of discovery or insight in reading her book. It was simply enjoyable reading.

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brangwinn
Aug 21, 2017

A powerful story of friendship and the courage of regular Germans who found ways of saving Jewish lives during World War II. A Jewish acrobat is “hidden” in a gentile circus during Hitler’s regime, along with a young Dutch girl who has saved a Jewish baby from death. This is a page-turner as the reader follows the circus into France and the eventual survival of one friend and the death of the other.

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MillieBT
Aug 12, 2017

An emotional , heartwarming and heartbreaking novel.....a tale about a traveling circus in
Europe during WW11....friendship and sorrow of 2 women aerialist performers from the
circus....excellent read

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dianecameron1973
Jul 28, 2017

Wonderful read! From the very beginning the author captivated my interest. Enjoyed how the author switched between both Noa and Astrid with each chapter, getting both sides of the story. Some devastating experiences that left me thinking about the book long after I had put it down. Definitely recommended! Looking forward to reading more by this author.

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readinJC
Jul 14, 2017

I agree totally with Jeanie123, below. This story sounded right up my alley, but the characters were poorly developed and the storyline jumped around too much. Barely finished it.

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