Orphan Monster Spy

Orphan Monster Spy

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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.
Publisher: New York :, Viking,, 2018
ISBN: 9780451478733
Branch Call Number: Y KIL
Characteristics: 423 pages ; 24 cm

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pink_chicken_94
Apr 06, 2019

I really liked this book. I love how the story was told. Matt Killeen really got me hooked with this story. I felt like I was with Sarah on her journey throughout the story. ❤

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BlueHippo
Sep 11, 2018

Although this is a “YA” book, I was intrigued by a review I read and decided to read it. I thought it was excellent. A very unusual plot, the characters were interesting and well-defined, and you really cared about them. I would caution that the subject matter and some ofthe scenes depicted in the book may not be suitable for younger “YA” readers. That said, it is a very engrossing, exciting tale!

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darladoodles
Mar 09, 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.

OPL_KrisC Feb 03, 2018

An interesting World War II book about a young Jewish girl who becomes a spy and has to infiltrate a Nazi boarding school. This book is a very intense and suspenseful read. There is so much intrigue!

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OPL_KrisC Apr 06, 2018

OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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