The Orphan's Tale

The Orphan's Tale

A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan's Tale introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival 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 o A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan's Tale introduces two extrao...

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Title:The Orphan's Tale
Author:Pam Jenoff
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:0778319814
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:353 pages pages

The Orphan's Tale Reviews

  • Cheri
    Oct 20, 2016
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! At the age of 16, Noa is forced to leave the home of her parents, her family, when they notice her belly swelling with child. Unmarried, impregnated by a German soldier, she struggles to find a way to survive. She finds a cleaning job at a train station, which w...
  • Melissa
    Jul 21, 2016
    I have a confession to make. I am not a fan of the circus. I was not disappointed to hear about Barnum and Bailey ending their 146 year run. However, I?m always interested in reading novels about circuses. I think that started with Water for Elephants and later The Night Circus. So I...
  • Sue
    Sep 25, 2016
    I just finished this book and I am still crying. I am crying over the lives lost during this horrific time in history but I am also crying because this book was so wonderful and so beautifully written. Noa was kicked out of her house at 16 when she became pregnant by a German soldie...
  • ☮Karen
    Aug 04, 2017
    I guess I didn't realize just how much of this story takes place in the circus (in Nazi Germany and France). I think I expected more about the orphans, taking the title too literally perhaps. I loved that other circus book, Water for Elephants, but mainly because it had that wonderful ...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Dec 04, 2016
    Noa was thrown out of her parents' home because she had become pregnant to a German soldier but needed to leave after the Germans took her baby. As Noa made her way out of town, she came upon a train of Jewish infants left to die (talk about heartbreaking.) Noa took one of the ba...
  • Brenda
    Feb 12, 2017
    Cleaning the tiny German railway station for food and a bed was all sixteen year old Noa was able to do ? her Dutch father had disowned her after she told her parents she was pregnant. Then her child was taken; her grief she kept well hidden ? it didn?t pay to make the Germans no...
  • Heather Gudenkauf
    May 20, 2017
    Another winner from Pam Jenoff! ...
  • Jennifer
    Feb 24, 2017
    ???? It's Oscars weekend, and although it may seem like a superficial way to spend one's time, the awards show has spent the past 89 years recognizing the importance of entertaining the masses through the good times and the bad. This annual event has been held in spite of Worl...
  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    Mar 28, 2017
    Naturally this is another book where apparently my rating/opinion doesn't line up with the popular one. The plot sounds addictive, and it even involved a circus - hard to go wrong with that. As morbid as the subject is, I enjoy reading historical stories focusing on World War II an...
  • Kathryn
    Feb 15, 2017
    The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff was a very moving read. Yes a little reminiscent of that powerful book The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, however very different in its own right. The two women - Astrid a Jewish woman hiding and sheltered in a circus and Noa a younger woman who was c...
  • Susanne Strong
    Mar 09, 2017
    3.5 Stars. The Orphan?s Tale is A Story of Two Women in Nazi Germany. One woman is a Jew, who was married to a German SS Officer who divorced her and cast her aside. Her name was Ingrid and prior to her marriage she was an Aerialist in the Circus, thus after being shunned by her h...
  • Angela M
    Feb 14, 2017
    There are notable as well as unsung heroes who protected some Jews from the Holocaust. We know about Oskar Schindler and I most recently learned about Irena Sendler. This is an admirable attempt to capture a story that I knew nothing about - the German circus and how some Jews were h...
  • Ashley
    Jan 16, 2017
    Over the past couple of years I have developed a fondness for historical fiction. I was never a fan of history in school because it seemed to be mostly the memorization of names and dates. I thought it was boring. Historical fiction has allowed me to learn about past events in a fun, e...
  • RoseMary Achey
    Feb 24, 2017
    Melodrama DEFINITION: a sensational dramatic piece with exaggerated characters and exciting events intended to appeal to the emotions This book felt like it was written by a novice writer, not a seasoned respected author. It was filled with unnecessary melodrama, incredibly s...
  • Britany
    Aug 07, 2017
    WWII Historical fiction AND the circus?!!?!?! That statement alone should've sealed this book as a quick favorite- so many preconceived check boxes marked off my list of qualities. Needless to say, this one didn't quite hit the mark for me. Noa- a 16 year old gets kicked out of ...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    Mar 06, 2017
    This is a story of two lost souls attempting to survive the War. At sixteen, Noa has already lived a lifetime. She got pregnant by a Nazi soldier, got kicked out of her home, had a baby that was taken from her and was trying to make a living by working in the train station. After comin...
  • Suzanne Leopold
    Feb 28, 2017
    Noa is a sixteen year old Dutch girl who cleans a German rail station in exchange for food and shelter. She is alone and destitute after being after being disowned by her family. Noa became pregnant by a Nazi soldier during the occupation. She was forced to give up the child for adopti...
  • Donna
    Feb 28, 2017
    I can see this book getting great reviews because it really is a sweet story, so for that I will give this an extra star, but overall, this didn?t work for me. I love historical fiction and I love WWII historical fiction, so I was looking forward to this book. I think I craved mo...
  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    Oct 31, 2016
    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com In 2009 I was first introduced to the work of talented historical fiction novelist Pam Jenoff, who specialises in bringing readers compelling stories from the war years. I was so moved by Jenoff?s World War II based novel The Kommandant?s Gir...
  • Erin
    May 28, 2017
    3.5 *wiping away tears * stars. The show is the thing. As long as we can keep performing, everything will be fine. Germany 1940's: Noa, a young Dutch teen has been cast from her home after falling pregnant by a Nazi soldier. Hoping that her child can be adopted by a nice Arayan...
  • Mary Kubica
    Feb 10, 2017
    Heartbreaking and beautiful. Jenoff's best book yet! ...
  • Kindling Micky
    Feb 20, 2017
    This was a heart-stopping and painful read but there are no regrets in reading it. THE ORPHAN'S TALE broke my heart at the beginning and it didn't stop there. The premise for this story had me searching for the history behind the start of the book; a boxcar of babies on their way to be...
  • Maria Espadinha
    May 19, 2018
    Two More Rabits in the Holocaust Hat Here is another book about WWII -- another great job unravelling a bit more of the Holocaust terror and atrocities It brings together two real events I knew nothing about: A catle train crowded with anonimous jewish children who have been...
  • Maria Espadinha
    May 21, 2018
    Mais Dois Coelhos que Saltam da Cartola do Holocausto Noa, Noa, que fizeste tu?!... Enrolaste-te com um Nazi e olha no que deu: Foste rejeitada pelos teus e nem a criana irs criar!... Mas, enfim!... Errare humanum est, e o destino l te compensou -- perdeste um, mas deste ...
  • Ammara Abid
    Jun 02, 2017
    In the war-scenario brilliantly crafted story on the friendship of Noa & Astrid. And their love for the child Theo. Sacrificing selflessly for one another is the true friendship & that's what they truly depict. My eyes are filled with tears :'( & my heart with pain. This ...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Dec 24, 2016
    I received this beautifully written ARC as an unexpected surprise, and what a wonderful surprise it was! Bravery, sacrifice, and a traveling circus, this story of friendship and family during the most difficult of times is highly recommended for fans of WWII fiction. Wow, just wow! ...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Apr 03, 2017
    THE ORPHAN?S TALE by PAM JENOFF is an emotional, heartwarming, and heartbreaking Historical Fiction novel bringing together a tale about a traveling circus in Europe during World War II and of the friendship and sorrow of two women aerialist performers from the circus. I found th...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    Apr 10, 2017
    I?m somewhere between 3.5 ? 4 stars on this book. I enjoyed this WWII story told through the unique perspective of the traveling circus. I read a lot of Holocaust novels and it always amazes me when I discover a completely different wartime perspective where brave men and women ...
  • Sheri
    May 06, 2017
    I really enjoyed this World War II novel with a different setting. I knew nothing of the German traveling circus, nor the fact that it hid Jews amongst its performers during the war. I thought the book did an especially good job of showing how the war impacted not just Jews, but those ...
  • Paul Falk
    Aug 16, 2017
    Thanks to Pam Jenoff, I found myself clutched into the arms of Germany during World War II. Not the safest place to be. Flying by the seat of my pants, I landed on a train. Not just any train. A circus train. From there, the author took me on a well-laid-out tour of the Big Top. Circus...