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An engaging adventure from a Newbery Honor-winning storyteller for readers who love the circus, and anyone who has dreamed of finding the perfect home.

Four orphans have escaped from the Home for Friendless Children. One is Lucy, who used to talk and sing. No one knows why she doesn't speak anymore; silence is her protection.

The orphans find work and new friends at a
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: May 26th 2020 by Wendy Lamb Books
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Gennifer Choldenko
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
(Full disclosure here. I am the author of Orphan Eleven so of course I love the book.)
Orphan Eleven is about a girl in search of her voice, a big sister who will do anything to find her little sister, an elephant with a big personality, and a group of ragtag orphans who look out for each other. I am so proud to have written this book. It feels like a gift from eleven year old me to eleven year old you.
Josephine
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gennifer Choldenko is the master of unique storylines for middle school readers. I had no idea what it expect. It looked like a book about a circus but the title suggested an orphanage. Well it is about both, but mainly about family, love and loyalty.

A lot of horrible things happened during this time in history. Orphan Eleven is set in 1939. Without revealing a spoiler, I continue to be appalled at the way children were used as expendable guinea pigs for unethical human experimentation.


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Annette
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Set in 1939, Lucy and three other children escape the Home for Friendless Children. With the help of some kind, former orphans, the four find themselves searching for apprenticeships with a travelling circus. But Lucy is mute, and not speaking is not an option in circus work. Lucy used to speak and sing, so why won't she now? And why are the matrons of the orphanage so insistent on bringing her back, but not the others?

This mystery and Lucy's spirit made it hard for me to put this book down. The
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