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Her name is Sarah. She's blonde, blue-eyed, and Jewish in 1939 Germany. And her act of resistance is about to change the world.

After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-old Sarah meets a mysterious man with an ambiguous accent, a suspiciously bare apartment, and a lockbox full of weapons. He's part of the secret resistance against the Third Reich, and he needs Sarah to hide in plain sight at a school for the daughters of top Nazi brass, posing as one of them. If she can befriend the daughter of a key scientist and get invited to her house, she might be able to steal the blueprints to a bomb that could destroy the cities of Western Europe. Nothing could prepare Sarah for her cutthroat schoolmates, and soon she finds herself in a battle for survival unlike any she'd ever imagined. But anyone who underestimates this innocent-seeming girl does so at their peril. She may look sweet, but she's the Nazis' worst nightmare.

430 pages, Kindle Edition

First published March 20, 2018

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Matt Killeen

6 books175 followers
MATT KILLEEN was born in Birmingham, in the UK, back when trousers were wide and everything was brown. Early instruction in his craft included being told that a drawing of a Cylon exploding isn't writing and copying out your mother's payslip isn't an essay "about my family". Several alternative careers beckoned, some involving laser guns and guitars, before he finally returned to words and attempted to make a living as an advertising copywriter and largely ignored music and sports journalist. He now writes for the world's best loved toy company, as it wasn't possible to be an X-wing pilot. Married to his Nuyorican soul mate, he is parent to both an unfeasibly clever teenager and a toddler who is challenging his father's antiestablishment credentials by repeatedly writing on the walls. He accidentally moved to the countryside in 2016. Follow him at @by_Matt_Killeen

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Profile Image for Camila Ochoa.
111 reviews6,114 followers
March 11, 2021
Bueno, por dónde empezamos.
Orphan Monster Spy nos trae la historia de Sarah, una chica judía que trata de escaparse de la Alemania Nazi. En su intento de huida conoce al Capitán, un hombre británico que trabaja en cubierto para los Aliados en el seno del tercer reich: Berlín. A forma de pagar una deuda con la niña, el hombre le ofrece un trabajo como espía ¿La misión? ingresar a un colegio nacional socialista, donde se les enseña a los niños a odiar a los judíos y amar a la patria y al Fuhrer, en busca de una bomba que podría destruir a un país entero.

El libro en sí, me gustó ¿Tuve problemas para terminarlo? Sí; pero no porque me hubiese parecido malo, sino que por momentos se extendía a cosas que no eran relevantes a la trama y eran de puro relleno, por ende, aburrían. Yo creo que lo más destacable de esta historia, es sin lugar a duda la protagonista. Sarah es una chica de quince años que creció demasiado rápido, una chica afectada por la guerra, pero nunca tanto como para arruinar su espíritu. Es una chica que tiene miedo, pero nunca deja que la paralice; es una chica que sabe lo que quiere, pero nunca se olvida de mostrar compasión, y sobre todo, es una chica a la que la vida le pegó mil patadas, pero nunca se rindió. Me parece que Sarah podría ser un gran rol para niñas que están en plena etapa madurativa, por eso, creo yo, que ese es el público ideal para este libro.
A mí me pareció una especie de Nancy Drew, pero en épocas de la Segunda Guerra Mundial.
A pesar de que algunos capítulos se me hicieron un poco largos, al final hubo un plot twist que no me lo veía venir y fue una grata sorpresa.
Dentro de todo, fue una buena experiencia y no me arrepiento de haberlo leído. Por ahí no le puse cinco estrellas porque no sentí que fuese un libro dirigido especialmente para gente de mi edad, o tal vez, no lo leí en el mejor momento, pero fue un libro muy bueno :)
Profile Image for Faith.
1,844 reviews517 followers
March 21, 2018
I was completely immersed in this story of a 15 year old Jewish girl who agrees to become a spy in the battle to defeat Hitler. I may be suffering burn out from reading too many books set in this time period, but this was a new World War II plot for me. The book begins with the murder of Sarah's mother at a checkpoint. Orphaned, terrified and with no identity papers, Sarah starts to run. She encounters a man with an unidentifiable accent and the two manage to rescue each other. She comes to know him as the British spy Captain Floyd, but he is also known as Herr Haller. It's as Haller that he enrolls his "niece" Ursula (Sarah) in a boarding school for elite Nazi girls, once he discovers that Sarah is smart, resourceful and observant - perfect spy material. As a blue eyed blond, Sarah looks the part of a Nazi youth and she looks younger than her age. She also has the benefit of years of acting lessons from her mother, as well as gymnastics training so she is able to play the role of a little Nazi monster in the school. Her mission is to befriend the daughter of a Nazi scientist who is reputed to be working on a powerful weapon. The school has its perils, including idiot administrators, sadistic teachers, a disgraced Nazi overseer and the other students. Adolescent girls can be nasty bullies everywhere, but Nazi girls add a bit extra to their torment of the younger and weaker girls.

There were a few German words and phrases that I wished were translated in this book, but other than that I liked the book a lot. The Captain was appropriately enigmatic and businesslike and Sarah did what she had to do to keep both of them alive and to complete her mission. The last quarter of the book was very suspenseful. Despite the fact that the protagonist was only 15, I wouldn't characterize this book as young adult. Nothing was simplified or sentimentalized. I would read more books by this author.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.
Profile Image for TL .
1,820 reviews35 followers
May 1, 2018
My casting:

Sarah and the Captain:
(the girl on the cover reminded me of her right away)

Nothing negative to say about this one :) Suspenseful,creepy, sometimes disturbing... loved it! :)

Impulse buy from Books-a-Million. The cover drew me in and after reading the first few pages, I was sold. After finishing my last current read, I ignored all my others and laser-focused on this one.

This one was on my mind at work every time I had to leave the breakroom and go back to work (Adulting sucks haha). If anyone had interrupted me, I may have thrown my drink at them #sorrynotsorry.

A different (for me) aspect of World War Two I hadn't read/heard much about... I have vague memories of hearing something, but most likely not in my history class in high school. It was all very fascinating to me and had me on the edge of my seat for most of the narrative.

Sarah intrigued me very much and at times I was very glad she was on "side of the angels" so to speak. A few times she sent a chill down my spine.

The Captain... loved him as a character as well. There was just enough there to leave me wanting more and peeling back the layers of his mind as well.

The whole novel felt electric, and had a very presence that I haven't had from a book in this genre for a good while (The Color of Secrets and Susanna Kearsley are two that come to mind).

Would highly recommend :) Would to love to see more of Sarah and The Captain working together.

(Be prepared to have your blood pumping during one instance especially in the latter part of the book)
Profile Image for Kassidy.
338 reviews11k followers
April 2, 2018
This is an emotional and heart-pounding story!
Profile Image for Elizabeth La Lettrice.
207 reviews28 followers
June 15, 2017
This was intense and I loved every section of it. You thought the girls in your high school were mean? Think again. This was an interesting fictional perspective on the horrors of Nazism from a Jewish girl who "passes" and infiltrates a community of Nazi elites.

Disclaimer: A few scenes were a bit cringeworthy violent (which I love, in an admittedly sick way) but just a warning for anyone who may be a bit sensitive and/or if considering for a younger teen. (I'm not about censorship but I understand the need to call it out.) Short key descriptive words here in spoiler, if you need to know:
Profile Image for Katherine Locke.
Author 14 books505 followers
January 8, 2018
While the style of writing and the narration isn't typically my jam, I am thoroughly impressed with the depth of research, worldbuilding, and sensitivity toward the portrayal of a Jewish girl in Nazi Germany. This is the opposite of The Girl Who Wouldn't Die, which I found to be an antisemitic hot mess of a book last year, and I am so very thrilled to see a Jewish girl who is the hero of her own story, who was violent and imperfect and fierce, who had a label thrust upon her and used her ability to pass to fight back against the real enemy.
Profile Image for Cora Tea Party Princess.
1,323 reviews802 followers
February 7, 2020
5 Words: War, power, monster, school, violence.

Read my Q&A with Matt Killeen

Content warnings: graphic violence, child abuse, antisemitism.

Sarah is FIERCE.

This book is incredibly fast paced. It starts off at a run and doesn't let up. It's brutal and violent and at times almost a bit much, but it is so realistic and engaging a portray that I could not put it down. The story is addictive and this book packs a punch.

The narrative isn't linear, it jumps around a little between different times in Sarah's life, and I loved how this slowly disclosed her past. It showed why she was so resourceful and skilled already, and sometimes it made my heart ache.

I really like the changing relationship between Sarah and The Captain. It is a testament to the story telling how much they grew between the pages. I honestly think that if The Captain had had to send Sarah in a later time in the story he wouldn't have, because it was almost like a father/daughter relationship. I did find it surprising at first, but it was an excellent way to ground the story and show the stakes.

I loved how this story explores the concept of monsters, what it means to be one, how you can go about creating one, and what defines a monster. The school is like a nightmare.

The story is gripping, full of twists and turns and brutality. It doesn't shy away from the ugliness. It is obviously thoroughly researched, with complex characters and a killer storyline.
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103 reviews15 followers
June 20, 2018
Update: 6/19/18
I'm giving this a full 5 stars because I loved the book so much that I don't even remember nor care about what I took a 0.5 off. I still keep thinking about it and I want to read it again, and so you see, I'm still in a book hangover a full month later. That's how powerful this is.


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This was a very remarkable story! I absolutely love historical fiction and this might be one of my top ones! There was lots of pace and action, the dialogue was realistic, the whole setting of the story, the way the book takes you to Germany, back to the past in a child's eyes, all of it was just amazing. It was gripping, educational and surprisingly funny at times. The theatre aspect of it was also very interesting to see because it shaped the main character herself. Although, I had some trouble with the foreign words used (I literally had google translate open every three sentences) and some parts of the story were just so conveniently placed that sometimes problems were solved just by sheer luck and not because of the characters solving them. That only happened occasionally though, but that's still where the .5 came off. Overall, I really enjoyed reading the book.
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900 reviews46 followers
December 1, 2018
Un libro de estilo juvenil pero que se adentra en un tema escabroso como son las Napolas nazis. Las napolas eran una especie de internados donde estudiaban los hijos de los nazis más fervientes, siempre que cumplieran con el arquetipo ario; aunque más que historia/matemáticas/literatura, les enseñaban la ley del más fuerte, convirtiéndolos en máquinas leales sólo al partido y al Führer.

En este libro, el autor nos presenta a una joven judía, que huyendo de los nazis se tropieza con el que puede ser su salvador o su perdición, un espía inglés. Y es que para ayudarle se infiltra en una napola, para acercarse a la hija de un importante científico alemán.

El libro es de fácil lectura, en el sentido de que es ameno, rápido, intenso, como lo suelen ser los libros juveniles pero un tanto difícil por distintos temas tratados que no puedo comentar sin desvelar la trama.
Profile Image for Tina Loves To Read.
2,453 reviews1 follower
March 7, 2021
This is a Young Adult Historical Fiction, and this is the first book in the Orphan Monster Spy series. I have to say I really loved the beginning, but then it got really boring. By the end of the book I was just happy for it to be over. (*)
Profile Image for João Sampaio.
126 reviews29 followers
July 9, 2020
Uma ameaça em grande escala, dois espiões, um enredo cheio de energia e bem desenhado.

Que poderemos encontrar numa escola Hitleriana – Rothenstadt - na Alemanha, em 1934?
Fácil. As raparigas da mais pureza ariana, regras rigidíssimas, o ódio pelo povo judeu, os ensinamentos da cultura germânica, auxiliares corruptos, professores insanos e exigentes, com auxiliares de memória (cajados). Um local que ensina as meninas a serem boas mulheres alemãs, aprendendo músicas em louvor à Alemanha e ao Partido Nacional Socialista. Um típico local para uma lavagem cerebral.
Pois aqui, encontramos a frequentar esta escola uma rapariga judia, Sarah Goldstein, de quinze anos. Colocar esta menina, recentemente órfã, neste ambiente assustador, a tensão torna-se palpável.

Não sendo um livro muito gráfico, os mais sensíveis poderão encontrar algum desconforto em certas descrições. Descrições de violência, comportamentos de antissemitismo e, de um modo mais específico, nos motivos por detrás de um convite de um amável cientista, pai de uma sua colega da escola. Hans Schafer, mais focado na ciência do que nos sonhos de Hitler tem um foco oculto, sombrio.

As habilidades de Sarah enquanto ginasta e atriz, tornam-na especialmente eficaz naquilo que faz.
Durante as suas ações enquanto espia, Sarah tem vislumbres, laivos da sua falecida mãe que a ajudam a ultrapassar os obstáculos e dificuldades com que se vai deparando.

No final do livro, Killeen adicionou uma nota do autor sobre a sua pesquisa. Embora Sarah, o capitão Floyd e a missão de se infiltrar numa escola não fossem verdadeiras, muito do que foi escrito baseou-se na verdade. Escolas como Rothenstadt existiram.

Órfã, Monstro e Espiã é um romance de ficção histórica, tenso, mergulhado num período terrível da história mundial – a II Grande Guerra Mundial.
Com diálogos realísticos e pequenos apontamentos humorísticos, foi uma leitura rápida e muito agradável. Gostei!

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1,053 reviews23 followers
July 4, 2018
I really enjoyed this book. It's out of my comfort zone of fantasy and science fiction being a historical fiction but it's bloody good. Some parts were hard to read (subject matter not anything bad on the writers part) but it was compelling. I loved Sarah so much and am actually really looking forward to her next mission. Highly recommend 4 and a half stars.
Profile Image for Kathi.
430 reviews4 followers
October 16, 2017
Didn't love the writing, I thought it brushed over every possible life-threatening subject matter and didn't really take anything seriously. I disliked the characters and the plot was unbelievable, it was hard for me to finish this one.
Profile Image for Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk).
1,412 reviews2,303 followers
September 17, 2018
Najlepsza powieść młodzieżowa 2018, która zachwyci także dorosłych, bez dwóch zdań – „Sierota, Bestia, Szpieg” Matta Killeena.

„Sierota, Bestia, Szpieg” jako „Bękarty Wojny” dla młodzieży to jedna strona medalu tej powieści, w której odnajdą się wszyscy ci, którzy szukają fabuły o wyrafinowanej zemście, ale to nie wszystko, czym jest powieść Matta Killeena. On snuje opowieść o prawdziwych realiach wojny, o wydarzeniach historycznych jak chociażby Kryształowa Noc czy prowokacja gliwicka, o prawdziwych akcjach i prawdziwych postaciach. W fikcyjnej historii Sary natomiast oddaje hołd wszystkim dzieciakom, które podczas II Wojny Światowej poświęciły wszystko, by walczyć, poczuły zew odpowiedzialności i rodzącego się ducha walki, ale przede wszystkim wykazały się niezwykłą odwagą, której na próżno szukać w naszych spokojnych, przeżartych konsumpcjonizmem czasach. Ci młodzi ludzie byli bohaterami często anonimowymi, o których pamięć przetrwała przekazywana z ust do ust. To dzięki ich heroizmowi „Sierota, Bestia, Szpieg” to opowieść o ideałach potężniejszych od śmierci, woli silniejszej od słabości ciała, walce, która trwa dopóki na frontach wciąż giną ludzie, dopóki słabsi uciskani są przez silniejszych, dopóki tli się nadzieja.

Fenomenalna, brutalna, do bólu prawdziwa, chociaż fikcyjna opowieść.
Profile Image for Rossy Montaño.
334 reviews16 followers
June 17, 2020
La pequeña Sarah, mestiza mitad judía, pierde a su madre mientras huían y se queda desamparada en un turbulento escenario sin dinero, indocumentada y sin tener idea de como seguir, pero no contaba que se atravesaría en su camino un espía inglés, al que salva de ser capturado. Mas adelante una serie de circunstancias terminan colocando a Sarah en una Napola nazi, donde es objeto de serias injusticias y acosos, no obstante tiene que hacer frente a todas ellas para cumplir con su misión, que es llegar a la casa de campo de una de sus compañeras, cuyo padre es un científico que está trabajando en la fabricación de una nueva bomba de alcances catastróficos, un reto que pondrá a prueba su voluntad y lealtad.

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1,493 reviews146 followers
March 31, 2023

…the bullet points

- WWII YA(ish) historical
- Nazi Dark Academia
- Newly orphaned she sort of falls into being a spy against the Nazis
- with graphic violence, child abuse, and some seriously cutthroat girls

…additional thoughts
- interspersed with German-Deutsch dialogue
- dragged in the middle for me
- a unique WWII premise…I’ve never read a “child spy” trope before
- some OTT violence
- a decent ending

…about the narration
- Saskia Maarleveld
-While it wasn’t a favored performance for me, personally, I think she was a good fit for the story.

...the score
➨ 6.57/10 | Opening-6 | Characters-7 | Plot-6.3 | Atmosphere-6.3 | Writing Style-6.3 | Ending-7 | Overall Enjoyment- 6.5
Profile Image for Robin Stevens.
Author 52 books2,101 followers
April 12, 2018
I absolutely loved this book. It's fierce, spirited and exciting - and it combines two of my favourite things, early 20th century history and boarding school books. Sarah is a brilliant main character, and the situation the book puts her in (infiltrating a Nazi boarding school as a Jewish girl) is incredibly tense. There are some frightening and violent parts to this book, obviously, so it's one for older readers, but anyone 14+ who likes historical thrillers will really enjoy this.

*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material, online or in print, without asking permission from me first. Thank you!*
February 11, 2018
"Would the future Germany have any evidence of its crimes? Would it smell bad and would people even know why?"

This book is a World War II novel. The main protagonist is Sarah, who is a Jew with an Aryan appearance. After her mother get killed abandoned and alone she meets a man who turns out it be a spy. She is recruited by him to to be a spy and go inside and infiltrated a Nazi boarding school.

Sarah was an incredibly strong character. She kept all her suffering and violence she has witnessed buried in the back of her mind and used it to be stronger and more push through situations. She is clever, sharp and Swift and deal quickly with situation to keep herself safe.

The world building and the insight to Nazi time is done very brilliantly, you can see the research done.. It has a lot of German words and I had to constantly search and find out their meaning (because well I didn't know any of them, totally new to me). But they provided a great insight into those times.

This book portrays a great deal inside the mind of Nazi's and how wrong and bad things were back than. The race complex and all the superiority. Also how everyone was supposed to be strong and brutal and serve the "fatherland". How everyone was assigned a role. This book tells you a lot of facts.

The thing I struggled with this book was the plot. I know it's supposed to historical fiction. But I just had this feeling in the back of my mind about this being fiction. And how the plot didn't feel so enthralling to me. I know that these things really did happen in time and all. But just this story of Sarah, it being fiction. I don't know to explain but it just didn't move me the way I should have. But that's my own personal problem. I have know to cry over WW stories but I guess I just didn't connect with this one sigh.

The plot was chillingly uncomfortable. A lot of things happens that make you gag. Or chill you to the bone.

This book though historical fiction is more on the side of a brutal and very difficult spy operation with the war on the backside of things.

Over all this book is hauntingly intense. Gives you a deep insight of Nazi times, it's deeply educational for people who might not know nitty gritty in the background of the world war II.

Thank you to Usborne for the ARC.
Profile Image for Jess.
382 reviews244 followers
September 14, 2020
In most cases when it’s YA, I can forgive a multitude of sins: Orphan Monster Spy is at once bloody silly and frustratingly entertaining. Let’s just say that bloody silly is the angle I’ll take.

Not quite implausible I suppose, the entire premise is flimsy at best. A German Jewish orphan is recruited by a British agent/spy (agent of what, exactly?) on a complete whim, admitted into a high-ranking Nazi boarding school with a story that doesn’t add up, and tasked with befriending the daughter of an eminent scientist to gain access to his lab notes. H’m.

For the most part, the writing is strong. However, whilst it’s clear and relatively fast-paced, the internal dialogue is intrusive and repetitive - the constant reminders of Sarah’s Jewishness in particular. Sure, she must be hyperconscious of the fact, but I as a reader have already grasped that given the historical context. Killeen is clearly intelligent, and this makes the peppering of clunky German phrases and terrible action scenes harder to bear.

Characterisation was another pitfall. Sarah seems to lack any flaws or fallibilities which certainly doesn’t make her emotionally compelling. She’s impossibly fit and agile despite years of malnourishment, can perform gravity-defying gymnastic feats, act flawlessly and also play Grade 8 – equivalent piano. Crucially, she lacks personality beyond this archetype.

The focus seemed misplaced in this one, too. The plot relies on many happy coincidences and some rushed revelation scenes, as well as some points which were left untouched and unchallenged . The implications and complexity of abuse and trauma are not explored with the rigour they should have been, despite the noble sentiment.

It certainly had its benisons, and I thought the era was decently evoked. Slightly too commercial for me.
Profile Image for L. McCoy.
742 reviews1 follower
August 12, 2019
Mixed thoughts here for sure.
So it had potential... the story is fairly interesting and I cared about the characters. However, you’d think a story about espionage in WW2 would be way more exciting and while there are some intense parts... I forgot it’s YA so it mostly focuses on things like school, arguing with adults, main character socializing with other young girls, etc. Also didn’t care for the some of the dialogue.
If you do decide to read this I would suggest not going with the audiobook, the narrator is kinda meh and in a few parts some characters are chanting “Holla” (or maybe “Hala”, like I said I went with the audiobook so IDK) and the execution of that is obnoxious as fuck.
I was very interested in the history notes at the end though. That was interesting, well written and the best part of this whole thing. Maybe this author should write nonfiction.
Overall, not bad but I ain’t gonna bother reading the sequel. It has potential but the elements for younger readers show. Keep in mind even though I end up reading a fair bit of it, YA usually isn’t my cup of tea, so maybe if you’re a YA fan you’ll like it more?

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67 reviews1 follower
October 25, 2018
I was so pumped up for this book. I thought the idea behind the book was genius. I mean spies, private school, nazis; how can you go wrong with that? I just found the book to be boring and one note. Nothing excited me. I wanted some spy action and this book just didn’t give me any.
Profile Image for Charmaine.
234 reviews
January 24, 2021
Brilliant! Read it so quick cause i just needed to know what happened. I'm intrigued to know what will happen in the next book!
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3,341 reviews525 followers
March 9, 2018
A big thank you to Penguin Group and NetGalley for a digital ARC of this YA book about a young girl caught up in trying to prevent the creation of a bomb like the world has never seen.

Sarah's actress mother gets shot at a checkpoint causing their car to crash giving Sarah an opportunity to escape. She unknowingly aids a British spy using the acting skills her mother has ingrained in her over the years. In return, the spy whose alias is Helmut Haller bestows Sarah with a new identity as his niece Ursula Haller and enrolls her in an exclusive German private school favored by many in the Reich in hopes that she can infiltrate the home of the scientist leading the charge on creating the bomb.

Throughout we are immersed in Sarah's inner thoughts as she reminds herself of her mission and how her acting skills and gymnastic skills can further the mission. Her courage and determination are admirable. She is no robot, though, and we suffer along with her. Historical fiction that reads like a thriller. Excellent for teenagers who are interested in the psychology behind the Reich and love exciting fiction.
Profile Image for Bill.
908 reviews161 followers
February 16, 2019
Matt Killeen's debut novel introduces us to Sarah Goldstein, a 15 year old Jewish girl, who may turn out to be the new heroine of YA fiction. She's intelligent, athletic, multilingual & able to think on her feet in a crisis. She'll need all these attributes when she becomes a spy against the Nazis, working for a British agent, in this fast paced World War 2 thriller.
Killeen crams in plenty of great story ideas into this terrific novel that will appeal to young & old readers alike. In his notes at the end of the novel it's quite amazing to see how many real people & situations inspired this story. He also notes that when he was feeling down while writing someone told him that he "could be the YA Graham Greene" & after reading this book I think they may be right! Whatever else I read in the next twelve months Orphan Monster Spy is going to a hard one to beat as my favourite book of the year.
Just one more thing, as Columbo used to say. I saw this book on a shelf while browsing in Mr B's Emporium Bookshop in Bath. I'd never heard of the book or the author before, so it just goes to show that visiting a bookshop & just browsing is still one of the best ways to find a book!
Profile Image for Skip.
3,288 reviews395 followers
April 18, 2018
Fifteen-year old Sarah becomes an orphan when her mother is shot to death at a checkpoint, trying to escape Germany. While Jewish by birth, Sarah is blonde and can pass as Aryan. She is brave and quite an actress, saving the life of an English spy. To exact revenge, Sarah agrees to be placed in a Nazi boarding school to infiltrate the fortress home of a scientist close to developing a nuclear bomb for the Third Reich. The school is horrific, and Sarah has to overcome abuse from teachers and students as well as rescue her handler after his attempt to penetrate the home fails miserably. 3.75 stars.
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1,001 reviews96 followers
June 2, 2018

3.5/5 I liked the clever and badass main character, Sarah, and I typically love reading WWII historical fiction. However, while this book did have some exciting moments, I mostly found myself slogging through it and putting it down for long periods of time. It was not a bad book by any means and I suggest this for anyone who liked Codename Verity or Between Shades of Gray.
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1,396 reviews48 followers
September 14, 2018
She was an Orphan and because of that she was disposable. She went through nazi school as a jew which turned her into a monster making her the perfect spy.

It was beautifully wicked.
Profile Image for Raquel Figuesans ❾¾.
345 reviews70 followers
March 28, 2019
Me ha encantado este libro. La verdad es que lo imaginé solo con ver el título. Pero obvien la sinopsis, menos mal que la leí después, como siempre, pero te cuenta la historia al completa, exceptuando el final, por lo que no permite ir adentrándote en las situaciones e intriga.

La historia es bonita, a pesar de lo cruel de las situaciones a las que se enfrenta Sarah siendo tan pequeña. A su vez es sorprendente lo bien que relata la soledad y autonomía a la que se enfrenta el personaje, ya que a pesar de tener al Capitán, el mismo no cubre la figura paterna o de un familiar que le hace falta a Sarah, sino lo he visto casi más como un amigo-adulto. Se observa en la novela la crueldad de la Alemania nazi en su día a día, con una cuidadosa precisión en los detalles, ya que contamos con varios personajes muy observadores.

Sarah me ha encantado, una niña muy fuerte e inteligente, a la que en ocasiones le sobrepasan las situaciones a las que se enfrenta pero se recompone y actúa con una habilidad increíble, lo menos que me gusta es la dureza con la que se habla a sí misma (usando las palabras de su Mutti). Por otro lado el personaje del capitán también es adorable, a su forma y con sus distancias, lo cual es comprensible. En esta novela llegas a sentir pena por muchos personajes, pero especialmente quise saber más sobre Mauser. ¿Qué paso después con ella?

Lo menos que me ha gustado son los recurrentes sueños, aunque, en muchas ocasiones, eran recuerdos, lo cual te acercaba más a la protagonista.

No sé si el autor tenga idea de hacer una segunda parte, pero el libro da posibilidad a ello, ya que nos puede regalar muchas otras aventuras de Sarah y el Capitán en esa época, que por desgracia, duró tanto tiempo.
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January 17, 2018
It's 1939, and Sarah, a fifteen year old, blonde-haired, blue eyed Jewish girl, is just trying to survive. After her mother is killed, Sarah meets a mysterious man who she learns is part of a secret resistance against the Third Reich. She teams up with the man and is sent to live at a boarding school with the daughters of top Nazi leaders. The plan is to befriend the daughter of a scientist who is working on a bomb and steal the blueprints before his creation could destroy the lives of countless people. But as Sarah soon learns, her biggest challenge might just be surviving the wrath of her schoolmates and teachers.

This book is unlike anything I have ever read in the World War 2 young adult historical fiction genre. Sarah is similar to the character of Lizbeth Salander in terms of they both had to grow up faster than they should have due to traumatic events and they are both kick ass females. I really found this to be a fascinating read from start to finish, although I did think one of the plots towards the end wasn't very necessary and detracted slightly from the overall story. I definitely recommend this book if you are looking for something a little bit different to read!

I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinion.
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