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Publication Date: 27 Jul 2020
Subject: Children's novels
Suitable for: Primary (Year 5, Year 6, Year 7)
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Five children deemed 'unadoptable' escape their cruel orphanage to try and find a family.
In all the years that Elinora Gassbeek has been matron of the Little Tulip Orphanage, not once have the Rules for Baby Abandonment been broken. Until the autumn of 1886, when five babies are left in outrageous circumstances: one in a tin toolbox, one in a coal bucket, one in a picnic hamper, one in a wheat sack, and finally, one in a coffin-shaped basket.
Those babies were Lotta, Egg, Fenna, Sem and Milou, who were swiftly and firmly deemed 'the unadoptables'. Twelve years on the children still have each other - until the fateful night a most sinister gentleman appears and threatens to tear them apart. The gang decide to make a daring escape, fleeing the frozen canals of Amsterdam for an adventure packed with puppets and pirate ships, clock-makers and cruel villains - and with only a scrap of a clue to guide them to their mysterious new home.
Five orphans dubbed 'the unadoptables' escape from their harsh orphanage in search of a family and a place to call home.
This is a thrilling, utterly engrossing adventure with strong characterisation and a great sense of place.The canals of Amsterdam are as much a character as the protagonists, offering a dramatic backdrop to the adventures the children face. A series of dramatic and hear-stopping adventures, with both kindly helpers and dastardly villains alike, ensure that readers will be hooked the whole way through.
Old-fashioned in the best possible way, this is a fantastic debut with plenty of appeal. A book to curl up with and devour.