With the United States on the verge of World War II, eleven-year-old Gusta is sent from New York City to Maine, where she discovers small-town prejudices and a huge family secret.Its 1941, and tensions are rising in the United States as the Second World War rages in Europe. Eleven-year-old Gustas life, like the world around her, is about to change. Her father, a foreign-born labor organizer, has had to flee the country, and Gusta has been sent to live in an orphanage run by her grandmother. Nearsighted, snaggletoothed Gusta arrives in Springdale, Maine, lugging her one precious possession: a beloved old French horn, her sole memento of her father. But in a family thats long on troubles and short on money, how can a girl hang on to something so valuable and yet so useless when Gustas mill-worker uncle needs surgery to fix his mangled hand, with no union to help him pay? Inspired by her mothers fanciful stories, Gusta secretly hopes to find the coin-like Wish that her sea-captain grandfather supposedly left hidden somewhere. Meanwhile, even as Gusta gets to know the rambunctious orphans at the home, she feels like an outsider at her new school and finds herself facing patriotism turned to prejudice, alien registration drives, and a family secret likely to turn the small town upside down....
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The Orphan Band of Springdale Reviews
The Orphan Band of Springdale is about the adjustment of young, plucky, standard middle grade heroine Gusta Neubronner to life in a small town just before the United States's entry into the Second World War. The story is about everyday life with very few large mysteries, mostly about the decisions and tribulations Gusta faces in Maine, from anti-immigrant prejudice to deciding whether she must sell her beloved possession to help her uncle. She makes friends with the girls that live at her grandm ...more
Note: I received this book from the author/publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This had a lot of elements 10-year-old me would have just eaten up: 1940's setting (loved me some WWII fiction), orphans, and a slightly quieter/reserved main character. In fact, if nothing else, I appreciate the fact that this story didn't focus on a loud, bubbly character- younger me would have relished and been excited to see a character like Gusta. So maybe this is a case of "wrong place, wron ...more
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I'll be honest: I didn't really know what I was in for when I picked up The Orphan Band of Springdale, and I kind of thought it was going to be a little bit boring. I like historical fiction, but some areas (such as orphans going to live with a troubled family in a small town) have been done nearly to death by this point.
I'm very happy to report, though, that The Orphan Band of Springdale avoids a lot of the pitfalls of its niche. So ...more
*I received a free copy from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review."
This outstanding middle-grade historical fiction novel, set in small-town Maine during the early 1940s, tackles some big topics. Xenophobia, anti-immigration sentiment, union and labor rights organizations all play a role in the narrative that holds many parallels to modern day current events.
Gusta is an 11 year old girl who is sent to live with her grandmother in Springdale, Maine, after her foreign- ...more
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Oh my goodness... This book. I did not expect to love this as much as I did. This is some of the highest quality middle grade I have ever read. Gusta, the protagonist, was shy, sweet, and brave. I adored her. The themes that were explored were so well done, in a way that can connect with adults as well as middle grade readers. Themes include patriotism as a cover for prejudice, music, and the question of "Wh ...more
Super enjoyable and sweet but way better than just "sweet." This book has a kind of Eleanor Estes or Penderwicks feel sometimes centering on the pursuits and cares of children in a small town, but it's the early 1940s, so the stakes are way higher than Ginger Pye.
Xenophobia and anti-immigrant sentiment are on the rise, big business is fighting against a labor organization, and Gusta's dad is on the run from the law. There is plenty of goodwill and kindness to stand up against the world's real d ...more
I like this a lot. Let’s start there. It’s smart. It’s warm. It’s interesting. It’s even unique, in a way - it tackles situations unusual, I think, to middle grade fiction. Gusta is sent to her grandmother in Maine, and her grandmother runs an orphanage; her father is a labor organizer (a Communist, y’all) on the run from the law; both of them have German last names, and it’s 1941. This is an unusual mix, one I’ve never seen before.
And yet I read this wondering if I wasn’t having the experience ...more
Writing: 5 Characters: 5 Plot: 4
Children's fiction -- middle grade
New (to me) word: hibernaculum — a place in which a creature seeks refuge, such as a bear using a cave to overwinter.
I loved this book — a perfect middle school read!
Gusta Newbronner “loses” her father on the bus ride from NYC to Northern Maine. She will be staying with the grandmother she has never met and living in Grandma Hoopes’ orphan home. The time is 1941 and there is general tension around foreigners. The tension is even h ...more