The Orphan's Tale

The Orphan's Tale

Large Print - 2017
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"Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep. When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night. Noa finds refuge with a German circus, but she must learn the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything"
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2017
Characteristics: 511 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781410496645


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Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep. When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentr... Read More »

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Jul 15, 2018

overall very good. At one stage, devolved into romance novel intentions, but overall a good story

Jun 23, 2018

Despite the tragedies in this story, it is related in absolute truth We cannot forget history lest we repeat it.

Apr 25, 2018

Did not like this at all. Guess in these scary times, stories happier, and lighter, are much more welcome.

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!

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.

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

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.

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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