The Orphan Band of Springdale

The Orphan Band of Springdale

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. It?s 1941, and tensions are rising in the United States as the Second World War rages in Europe. Eleven-year-old Gusta?s life, like the world around her, is about to change. Her father, a foreig With the United States on the verge of World War II, eleven-year-old Gusta is sent from New York City to Maine,...

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Title:The Orphan Band of Springdale
Author:Anne Nesbet
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:0763688045
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:448 pages pages

The Orphan Band of Springdale Reviews

  • Becky
    May 24, 2018
    First sentence: Gusta Neubronner hadn't expected to be on a bus in Maine when she lost her father. She hadn't expected to be sitting alone scrunched up next to the dark blue coat of a woman she didn't know, or to have her French horn case balanced between her ankles, or for the weight ...
  • Mary Lee
    Apr 22, 2018
    This book was a very slow read for me, but slow in a savor-every-word way. After I've thought about it some more, I'll likely switch it up to 5 stars. One of my favorite things about the book is how Gusta sees the world after she gets her glasses. That's kind of what the whole book is ...
  • Rosemary
    Apr 10, 2018
    It's 1941, and things are tense in the U.S. as the world is at war in Europe. Eleven-year-old Gusta is on the run with her father, a German labor organizer, heading toward Maine to stay with her grandmother, when her father disappears. Gusta shows up on her grandmother's doorstep with ...
  • Dianna
    Feb 08, 2018
    I adore this book! The writing is lyrical and clear; the characters are believable and lovable; the historical events covered are highly relevant today; and there is a French horn, an attic full of old books, and an interrupting boy. Eleven-year-old Gusta is easy to relate to. Her ...
  • Brenda
    Mar 14, 2018
    Although I'm not typically a historical fiction reader, The Orphan Band of Springdale had so many of the elements that typically pique my interest, a girl who plays a musical instrument, set during the early parts of WWII and hints of a secret magical wish. What I was surprised with wa...
  • Laura Hill
    May 21, 2018
    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 fat...
  • Sunday Cummins
    May 27, 2018
    ?When the storm is coming, we must quickly find out who we are: who we are in the light of trouble.??Augusta?s father. I didn't want to put it down. This is the kind of book you can read aloud to a class or give to a literature circle or book talk and leave to be snapped up ...
  • Amy
    Oct 19, 2017
    Candlewick previewed this as a follow-up book from noted author of Cloud and Wallfish; described as mystery/adventure story pre-WWII at a time when "patriotism often served as a cover for prejudice." ...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Feb 17, 2018
    E ARC from Netgalley Gusta Neubronner is on a bus from New York City to a small town in Maine in 1941 when her father disappears. He is a union organizer, and has told Gusta a little bit about what to do if men come for him, but she just didn't expect it. At least she is on her ...
  • Beth
    May 23, 2018
    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...
  • Alyssa Nelson
    Feb 04, 2018
    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* This is a heartwarming story about a young girl named Gusta who moves in with her grandmother and aunt because her father is in trouble and her mother doesn?t make enough t...
  • Alisia
    Apr 18, 2018
    *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 ri...
  • Linda
    Apr 14, 2018
    I was excited to receive this ARC from Candlewick Press by Anne Nesbet because I adored another book by her, "Cloud and Wallfish". Happy Book Birthday to Anne on April 10th for this book, another one set long ago, this time pre-World War II. It's time to celebrate! Again I love Nesbit'...
  • Vikki VanSickle
    Dec 13, 2017
    French horns, carrier pigeons and Dairy Wars! Colour me charmed! A sweet story about a girl who is sent to live with a grandmother she has yet to meet in Maine in the early 40s. Gusta's father may or may not be on the run for being a labor organizer, a secret Gusta keeps hidden as her ...
  • Grace
    Feb 09, 2018
    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 ant...
  • Nicole
    Jun 07, 2018
    I predict The Orphan Band of Springdale will be on the short list for a Newbery. This beautifully written novel for children is a timeless story that will resonate with readers of all ages. 11 year-old Augusta "Gusta" Hoopes Neubronner has been put on a bus by her foreign-born labor or...
  • Amie's Book Reviews
    Feb 02, 2018
    THE ORPHAN BAND OF SPRINGDALE by Anne Nesbet is a work of Historical fiction, written with middle-grade as the intended readership. It is  "... nightingale sweet and honey-smooth." Anne Nesbet has beautifully mixed  music with history, family and a morality tale of doing what is ...
  • Dawna Richardson
    May 02, 2018
    I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. (Unfortunately I actually received the copy after the book had been published so I was not able to review it prior to publication. However, I am happy that I found the title on Netgalley so I was able to read it!...
  • Rajiv
    May 01, 2018
    A BIG Thank You to NetGalley and Candlewick Press for providing me a copy of ?The Orphan Band of Springdale? by Anne Nesbet in exchange for my review. I loved reading this story from the get-go! Omg, is there anything this book didn?t have? Magic coins? Check. Carrier pigeons tak...
  • Fatima Alsuwaidi
    Mar 20, 2018
    The Orphan Band of Springdale by Anne Nesbet *I've received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest book review* Eleven-years-old Gusta finds her self-solo in a bus heading to her grandmother's orphanage while her mother is working in NewYork, her father a labor organize...
  • Sarah Perchikoff
    Apr 27, 2018
    I wasn't really sure what to expect with this book. The year in the synopsis (1941) threw me off and I went into this book thinking World War II and the Holocaust and after the last book I read (and reviewed), I was not looking forward to that. But luckily, while The Orphan Band of Spr...
  • Afoma Umesi
    Apr 09, 2018
    The Orphan Band of Springdale, set in 1940's America, as World War II rages in Europe is Gusta Neubronner's story. Left behind by her father on a bus, eleven year old Gusta moves into her grandmother's orphanage. While there, the nearsighted, snaggletoothed girl learns about family, sa...
  • Jaina Rose
    Apr 22, 2018
    This review and more like it are available at Read Till Dawn . 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 orp...
  • Heidi
    Apr 13, 2018
    In 1941, eleven year old Gusta's life is turned upside down when her father disappears and her mother sends her to live in rural Maine with her grandmother and a house full of wild, fun loving orphans. Homesick as she can be, Gusta's perception of the world slowly changes as she learns...
  • QNPoohBear
    May 28, 2018
    Eleven-Year-Old Gusta Hoopes Neubronner has moved around a lot. From the mill towns of New England to New York City as her father, a union activist, rallies people to the cause. She's always had her parents by her side no matter where they went; quietly observing and absorbing their be...
  • Nate
    Apr 06, 2018
    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 t...
  • Shelby M. (Read and Find Out)
    Apr 23, 2018
    I received a finished copy of this book for review from Candlewick Press. My Video Review 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...
  • Jessica Lawson
    Feb 19, 2018
    If Anne Nesbet doesn't win a Newbery Medal or Honor in the next 3-4 years, I'll eat my hat. The seamless characterization, the flawless voice, the fully-realized setting, the details (! oh, the details!), the history, the humor, the heart, the MAGIC (yes, I firmly believe in the mag...
  • Mithila  Menezes
    Jun 14, 2018
    This book is set in 1941, at the cusp of the Second World War. The story starts with eleven year old 'Gusta' or Augusta Neubronner being abandoned by her father, who is a foreign-born labour organiser, at a bus station. Augusta boards the bus, without her father, to an orphanage run...
  • Juli
    Apr 08, 2018
    I would like to thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for my advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Wow, what a complex book. This book is so much more than a middle-grade book. The story takes us to Maine (and to be honest pretty much the reason why I...