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The Orphanage of Miracles

(The Orphanage of Miracles #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  121 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Perhaps everyone could use a miracle, but very few will find the one they truly need.

Amid a war torn land and hidden deep within an enchanted forest lays an orphanage where miracles abound. It’s a magical place created years ago by a resolute king who must defeat an evil sorcerer waging bitter war against his land and his people. He knew that in order to save his people, v
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Fog Ink Publishing (first published May 23rd 2013)
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Jen Lamoureux
Dec 21, 2013 rated it liked it
I really wanted to enjoy this book. I like the story. The central idea that's there has a lot of promise. However, I think the book itself could benefit from a few things. First, another round of editing. There are some clunky bits that could be cleaned up--particularly, the overly expository style of the beginning of the book could use some work.

I was intrigued at the beginning because the author does a good job of setting up a mystery for the reader. I enjoyed that. However, as the book progre
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Myth-like fairy tale for preteen set

Written as a myth-like fairy tale and aimed at preteen readers, Orphanage of Miracles has a nice stereotype flip--the main girl character is strong and fearless while the main boy character is compassionate and level-headed. A faraway war is making life difficult for everyone and the king is missing, so children living at an orphanage hidden within an enchanted forest are given the job of tying to create a miracle to set things right. In another part of the ki
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.

The Orphanage of Miracles is a strange, but wonderful read. It's not confusing, but it is befuddling and mad, in a good way. Told from two POVs, The Orphanage of Miracles is full of delight for the Middle Grade Audience.

The plot was good. It's uniqueness and spunky craziness enchanted me from the beginning. With twist and turns and crazy lessons, the plot will be confusing and maddening, in a good way, of course. Full of mystery and strange sisters and
Caren ~ the misfit geek
Leopards and foxes and kings, oh my. This magical adventure in, to quote the author, “The Land of Make Believe,” is very well done. It is books like this that gave me my love of reading as a child. It engages the imagination from start to finish.

I loved the characters in this book. The girls are strong and brave and the boys are kind and compassionate. They are interesting, curious, and generally likeable. The lessons they learn during the story are clearly relevant to their lives.

The book is m
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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My opinion: I have had the pleasure of knowing Ms. Neftzger for several years. She has been a Sisterhood of the Traveling Book author member. Her books have always focused on adult literature and while good, her literature didn't really stand out to her competitors.

My opinion of this author changed when I read The Orphanage of Miracles. This book grasped me immediately. It is a wonderful, CLEAN read for middle school readers, which allows them to use th
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A refreshingly original story of young people who aren't afraid to think outside the box. It's hard not to relate to Nicholas and his friends, who are expected to come up with results without being given instructions. I was intrigued by the story from page one, waiting to find out how it was possible to manufacture a miracle. Kelsey's story took longer to pull me in, but as she learned to care for others, I too cared for her. I would definitely recommend it, and I intend to look out for the sequ ...more
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a cute fantasy/pre teen book. I had fun reading this. Loved how the two stories came together. The characters were great.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a free copy from NetGalley. I'm glad to see there are now more, as this very much read as the first in a series. Some decent messages about choices. The magic isn't too crazy or unbelievable and it strangely fit in very well with people seeing/not seeing truth/fiction with the current political climate. ...more
Aug 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I highly enjoyed reading this book. Spiritual undertones.
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A wholly believable new world

AmyNeftzger creates a totally believable new world. I was hooked right from the start. After all, who wouldn't want to create miracles, right?

“The Orphanage of Miracles” is divided into two points of view that you know will merge into one.

The first storyline involves the protagonist, Nicholas, Maggie and Jovan in the Orphanage. How they came to be there is a mystery to them. They are under the guidance of the kindly Taro, with the instructions to manufacture miracles
Dec 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own
Even though the high level premise felt similar to other books, The Orphanage of Miracles caught my attention with the subtle variety in the plot. The story takes place in an unknown medieval land where magic is real and an evil sorcerer has waged war against the people and king. Seems like a pretty mundane synopsis. The difference comes with the idea of the Orphanage of Miracles. Not much is told about this Orphanage other than that it exists as a mystical place somewhere in the land where mira ...more
Jul 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Originally posted on LibraryThing

Rating: 2.5 of 5

Perhaps everyone could use a miracle,
but very few will find the one they truly need.

Amid a war torn land, hidden deep within an enchanted forest, hides an orphanage where miracles abound...Join Kelsey and her companions as they embark on an extraordinary adventure and a quest unlike any other.

Definitely intended for a middle grade audience, The Orphanage of Miracles fell short of an enjoyable experience for me; thus, the below three stars rati
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
I won this Middle Grade book from Librarything Early Reviewers program, but I heard about it while I was at BEA in May and I was not really sure what to expect of it. I have seen that is has gotten some lower (3 star) reviews online and the back of the book did not have a synopsis, only this:

“Perhaps everyone could use a miracle,
but very few will find the one they truly need.”

I happily grabbed this book off my shelf on a day I knew I would be spending in Panera to get some reading and blogging d
Jaime LH
Jul 04, 2013 rated it liked it
The Orphanage of Miracles is a middle grade novel that can best be described as an allegory. A magical alternate world is used to create metaphors and impart many lessons: doing what is right, the importance of cooperation, working hard, thinking for yourself, and not believing stereotypes. All of these messages are wonderful, especially for a middle grade audience, it is the way the messages are imparted that I take issue with.
We follow two main characters: Kelsey, on a journey to the Orphana
Sharon Tyler
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Orphanage of Miracles by Amy Neftzger is a unique middle grade novel about two very different journeys that come together to help the land. A sorcerer has tried to conquer the land cast a spell that makes it difficult for people to see things as they really are, and many are coming to believe that the war between their king and the sorcerer is not real. There is an orphanage within an enchanted forest in which miracles are protected while its residents strive to create more. Nicholas, Jovan, ...more
April Erwin
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Orphanage of Miracles is a Middle Grade fantasy book, and I'm okay with that. I love a good fantasy tale. The orphanage is unique, here magic has frozen them in a protective bubble. One that keeps the seasons from changing and strangers from finding their way to their doors - except needy children of course. They no longer have school, instead they spend their time trying to find a way to make miracles. Yes, they are physical things that look somewhat like a brilliant glistening rock. They h ...more
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
"The Orphanage of Miracles" was given to me as an ARC, and I was very glad to read this beautiful fantasy novel for children aged 7-12(??). But then again I'm 24, read it, and loved it. The age thing is overrated. I don't want to give a synopsis, because I feel with too much information I may give something away. So in short, there is a journey, a struggle, friendships, and above all else MIRACLES!!!! I really enjoyed all the magic, and fantastical elements added in, and it made me want to join ...more
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Nicholas, Jovan, and Maggie are three orphans that have been assigned to the lab in the Orphanage of Miracles to make just that a miracle. They however are left to their own devices with no instruction on how to accomplish this feat. No one has made a miracle in a very long time and all the miracles in the orphanage are under lock and key in the garden. They do make the beginnings of a miracle but it is quickly taken away to be investigated and they are left more bewildered by this turn of event ...more
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Nicholas, Maggie, & Jovan are assigned to work together. They are told to make miracles but no one knows exactly how one is made. The only thing they know for certain is that they are to supply the miracles for the King.

Kelsey left the place she was born in in search of a miracle. Whether or not she will find one, she doesn't know. If she doesn't lose hope, anything is possible. But hope is hard to keep when you travel alone to strange lands in search of something precious yet rare.

This was more
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Orphanage of Miracles is located within an enchanted forest where the seasons never change and outsiders are not allowed in. The miracles are locked in a garden where they are protected and safe. Nicholas, Jovan, and Maggie are three orphans living at the orphanage and they are given the job of making miracles. The problem is they don't know how and it seems nobody there can tell them how to go about it. When Nicholas accidentally creates a potential miracle, everything changes.
Kelsey has le
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Orphanage of Miracles is an extraordinarily entertaining fantasy story which contains great wisdom. I think adults can get as much out of this story as the intended middle school audience. Kelsey joins with unusual companions on her quest to find a miracle while Nicholas and his friends live in an orphanage where miracles are housed. Their stories are told in alternating chapters for most of the book until the two storylines converge as at least some of the issues are resolved. The ending of ...more
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Orphanage Of Miracles
Amy Neftzger

My" in a nutshell" summary...

There seems to be an orphanage somewhere with the purpose of making miracles and Kelsey needs to find it.

My thoughts after reading this book...

Fantasy with a bit of humor is one of my favorite kinds of books ever...I simply love them!

Children who come to this "Orphanage Of Miracles" are tasked to find miracles. There are different ways to find miracles...and Maggie, Jovan and Nicholas are supposed to make some! So far...they hav
Aug 24, 2013 rated it liked it
The Orphanage of Miracles is at its core two fairy tales that are then gradually intertwined into one story. I really liked how the author had you following two different story lines while they worked toward each other. I found myself more interested in the story about Nicholas, Jovan, and Maggie at the orphanage. They are told to create miracles from whatever ingredients or materials they want, but that is the extent of their instruction. I found myself relating well to their frustration and wa ...more
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
The Orphanage of Miracles is a middle school fantasy/fairy tale. The book is written in two point of views, where two journeys come together into one. The first is the actual orphanage where the children are tasked with creating miracles to save the kingdom for the King. They are given no instruction and are left to their own devices to make the miracles. They are given a plant to take care that is suppose to be part of them, and if they let it die they are removed from the orphanage never to me ...more
Amy Neftzger has created a beautiful tale of fantasy for younger readers. While a group of orphans in a magically hidden orphanage try to create miracles, per the instructions of the mysterious patrons, they discover the truth of what a miracle is,an unhappy young girl, alone in the world undertakes a journey with a mute boy who enchants everyone he meets. The orphans struggle with no direction, relying only on each other, only to find all they have been taught may not be the truth. The young tr ...more
Kathleen Pacious
May 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: just-ok
An enjoyable read that is geared towards a younger audience (9+). The Orphanage of Miracles is a fantasy about a missing king, far-off war, and an orphanage in an enchanted forest. The orphans are given the job of creating miracles (with no directions!) and meanwhile, another girl goes on a quest to search for a miracle in the hopes of ending the war. Along the way, the different children must learn to work together, trust each other, and do what is right, even when it is difficult.

The story its
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a good young adult book. I enjoyed reading it. Kelsey desperately needs a miracle and along the way she meets some interesting characters. I enjoyed the boy named "Silence" he seems very sweet. We go on a journey to find mysterious and hidden orphanage and it is quite a adventure. It was an interesting book. ...more
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There is a war going on and the country needs miracles. The purpose of the Orphanage of Miracles is to make them. The children spend every day in search of new ones, well, except Monday because everyone knows there are no miracles on Monday. But, although the garden is full of old miracles, it has been a very long time since any one has made another. In fact, no one at the orphanage can remember the last time a new miracle was made.

The Orphanage of Miracles is a charming tale with all the colour
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
It rarely takes me so long to finish a book, but I had a really hard time getting into this one. There are two different story arcs told in alternate chapters and then they merge together toward the end. When a giant talking snow leopard named Megan was introduced, I kinda lost interest and by the time a talking fox named Roland was brought into the story, I had all but given up on this plotline. At the end when questions started getting answered and the lead character ended her quest, it felt a ...more
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I won this book off of librarything! It is such a creative book chalked full of fantastic and magical imagination! It is geared toward younger kids, Id say ages 8-12 but at the age of even 33 I enjoyed it very much! It has a cursed land which is under a war between the king and a evil sorcerer. There are many great in depth characters that I think most kids can relate to! There is also the orphanage of miracles which in itself is as magical and mysterious as other magical places I have read abou ...more
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Amy Neftzger (born June 23) is an American researcher and author who has published fiction books, non-fiction books, business articles, and peer review research. Her works have reached an international audience.

Amy was born in Illinois and graduated from Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. She received her bachelors degree from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Flo

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