Orphan Monster Spy

Orphan Monster Spy

A Jewish girl-turned-spy must infiltrate an elite Nazi boarding school in this highly commercial, relentlessly nail-biting World War II drama!After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-old Sarah--blonde, blue-eyed, and Jewish--finds herself on the run from a government that wants to see every person like her dead. Then Sarah meets a mysterious man with an ambig...

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Orphan Monster Spy Reviews

  • Katherine Locke

    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

    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.

  • Elizabeth La Lettrice

    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 underst

    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:

  • Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess

    Sarah is FIERCE.

    Review to come!

  • Faith

    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

    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.

  • Kassidy

    This is an emotional and heart-pounding story!

  • Carlos

    There were moments while reading this book that I hated it but I couldn’t stop listening to it (read it on audiobook). As any narrative relating to the holocaust and being a Jewish family during the eve of WW2 there are moments that are very descriptive and sad . The story centers on a 15 year old Jewish girl who loses her mother and wants to get out of Austria before the Nazis get to her , meanwhile she runs into a British spy who is in trouble of getting caught. They help each other and sudden

    There were moments while reading this book that I hated it but I couldn’t stop listening to it (read it on audiobook). As any narrative relating to the holocaust and being a Jewish family during the eve of WW2 there are moments that are very descriptive and sad . The story centers on a 15 year old Jewish girl who loses her mother and wants to get out of Austria before the Nazis get to her , meanwhile she runs into a British spy who is in trouble of getting caught. They help each other and suddenly they are back in Austria where the spy sends her in a mission to infiltrate an all German girls school and help him get access into the home of one of the parents of one of the girls , horrible things go on this school and Elsa will be tested as she never has , will she be able to keep her humanity all through her ordeal , or will she become a perfect little monster. Recommend it for a quick read .

  • Skip

    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 stud

    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.

  • Farhina ↯↯ The Wanderer Of Inked Adventures

    This book is

    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.

    was an incredibly strong character. She kept all her suffering and violence she has witnesse

    This book is

    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.

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    with the war on the backside of things.

  • Marochka

    Повествование от третьего лица – с точки зрения Сары.

    Книга средних размеров, язык довольно сложный, из-за множества вставленных автором немецких слов читается тяжело. Если честно, я не поняла, зачем было писать книгу на английском и вставлять немецкие слова, если, по идее, все персонажи говорят на немецком, то есть как бы английский в данном случае – перевод с немецкого. Немецкие слова надо было вставлять, если бы персонажи и сами говорили на английском, и лишь иногда (а не всегда) у них проскал

    Повествование от третьего лица – с точки зрения Сары.

    Книга средних размеров, язык довольно сложный, из-за множества вставленных автором немецких слов читается тяжело. Если честно, я не поняла, зачем было писать книгу на английском и вставлять немецкие слова, если, по идее, все персонажи говорят на немецком, то есть как бы английский в данном случае – перевод с немецкого. Немецкие слова надо было вставлять, если бы персонажи и сами говорили на английском, и лишь иногда (а не всегда) у них проскальзывала немецкая речь, как в «Войне и мире» французские диалоги среди русского текста. Наверное, автор сделал это для «антуража», но мне это только мешало и раздражало.

    В книге также есть «флэшбеки», которые автор «запускал» очень внезапно. Трудно было переключиться.

    Автор утверждает, что все его персонажи донельзя реалистичные. Да, возможно так и есть (хотя то, как автор в конце книги буквально навязывает читателю свое мнение, доказывая, что «нет-нет, я ничего не выдумал, я все это изучил, вот точно вам говорю, так и было, можете не верить, но наверняка такое могло произойти», лично меня немного напрягло).

    Прописал, в любом случае, автор персонажей хорошо. Все они довольно неоднозначные. Возможно, кому-то могло показаться, что автор очень четко делит все на «черное» и «белое», но это не так. Каждого персонажа он сделал со своим пониманием того, что «хорошо», а что «плохо». И даже многим из тех, кто следовал приказам, он дал возможность подумать над тем, правильно ли то, что они делают. Другое дело, что, как и в реальной жизни, практически никто из них не пошел против системы.

    Чтобы написать объективную рецензию, я ознакомилась с различными отзывами других людей на данную книгу. Даже те, кто поставил книге высокую оценку, в один голос твердят о том, о чем подумала и я: книга не совсем сбалансированная. У нее очень интересное начало и миллион быстро сменяющих друг друга событий в конце. И невозможно затянутая, скучная середина.

    Я крайне скептически отнеслась к шпионскому YA с нацистами. Для меня это несовместимые вещи. И, как и многие другие читатели, я так и не смогла понять, воспринимать мне книгу как исторически достоверную (в чем убеждает нас в конце сам автор) или же как некоторое «фэнтези», основанное на исторических событиях.

    В любом случае, начало и конец книги очень интересные, там много всего. И да, книга, мягко говоря, нестандартная. Очень оригинально. Но вот середина… Подробно описанные жестокие избиения и издевательства… Даже не знаю, что сказать.

    В любом случае, если уж взял книгу в руки, то можно и прочитать, все не так страшно, как я думала. Другой вопрос, многие ли подростки, на которых она и рассчитана, вообще изначально захотят взять эту книгу в руки?

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