Orphan Eleven by Gennifer Choldenko

Orphan Eleven

Gennifer Choldenko

320 pages first pub 2020 (editions)

fiction childrens historical middle grade funny reflective fast-paced


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 traveling circus. Lucy loves ...

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Community Reviews Summary of 32 reviews


adventurous 80%
emotional 80%
hopeful 60%
funny 20%
informative 20%
inspiring 20%
mysterious 20%
tense 20%


medium 80%
slow 20%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 60% | Character: 20% | Plot: 20%

Strong character development?

Yes: 80% | No: 20%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 100%

Diverse cast of characters?

It's complicated: 60% | Yes: 40%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 50% | Yes: 50%

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