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 ...
  • 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." ...
  • 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...
  • Katherine
    Apr 08, 2018
    Gusta and her dad, a labor organizer, are on a bus traveling from New York to Springdale, Maine together. Her father unexpectedly disappears and Gusta must finish the journey alone. With her cherished French horn and a letter to her grandmother from her mother, when the bus arrives in ...
  • 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...
  • Jackie
    Jun 15, 2018
    Anne Nesbet has written a masterpiece This is the second book of Anne Nesbet?s I?ve read, the other being ?Cloud and Wallfish?. Neither failed me anywhere. ?The Orphan Band of Springdale? is top-rung writing and I recommend it to anyone of any age to read. ...
  • 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 ...
  • [Shai] The Bibliophage
    Aug 12, 2018
    The Orphan Band of Springdale is a middle-grade fiction novel that was narrated through the lead protagonist, Augusta ?Gusta? Neubronner, an eleven-year-old from New York who was sent by her parents to her grandmother in Elm Street, Springdale, Maine. Her father was supposed to a...
  • Book Hunter
    Sep 15, 2018
    Set in 1942, this is a story about a young girl who moves in with her grandmother because her parents are in trouble. She doesn?t quite fit in, having a German name on the verge of WWII, needing glasses, and coming from a poor family. I found the storytelling to be well done. Though ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Laura
    Sep 26, 2018
    For the most part, I really enjoyed this middle grade novel. It had many wonderful components to it that I feel many readers will consider it a unique read. The characters are strong, sweet, and full of integrity that I really admired. There were moments of humor, touches of grace, and...
  • 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...
  • Carolyn
    May 05, 2018
    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 ...
  • 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...