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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Title:Orphan Monster Spy
Author:Matt Killeen
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Orphan Monster Spy Reviews

  • TL

    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). I

    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 (

    and

    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)

  • Guiana

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    *4.5

    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 s

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    *4.5

    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.

  • 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:

  • 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.

  • Dreximgirl

    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.

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