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The Orphan Band of Springdale

By Anne Nesbet

“Nesbet deftly weaves disparate elements music, orphans, labor unions, carrier pigeons, and a magic wish — into a richly developed story.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

It’s 1941, and tensions are rising in the United States as the Second World War rages in Europe. Eleven-year-old Gusta’s life, like the world around her, is about to change. Her father, a foreign-born labor organizer, has fled the country, and Gusta has been sent to live in an orphanage run by her grandmother. Nearsighted, snaggletoothed Gusta arrives in Springdale, Maine, lugging her one precious possession: a beloved old French horn, her sole memento of her father. But in a family that’s long on troubles and short on money, how can a girl hang on to something so valuable and yet so useless when Gusta’s mill-worker uncle needs surgery to fix his mangled hand? Inspired by her mother’s fanciful stories, Gusta secretly hopes to find the coin-like “Wish” that her sea-captain grandfather supposedly left hidden. Meanwhile, even as Gusta gets to know the rambunctious orphans at the home, she feels like an outsider — and finds herself facing patriotism turned to prejudice, alien registration drives, and a family secret likely to turn the small town upside down.

  • Now in paperback, an exciting historical MG novel from the author of the ALA Notable book Cloud & Wallfish
  • Loosely based on the author's family history, in which the author's mother showed up on the doorstep of her grandmother's orphanage carrying a French horn and discovered a shocking family secret
  • Acclaimed author Anne Nesbet once again takes readers to an extraordinary (and underrepresented) time in history — this time the brink of American's involvement in WWII, when patriotism warred with prejudice and the nation and its people would face the ultimate test

About the author

Anne Nesbet is the author of Cloud and Wallfish, among several other novels for young readers. A professor at the University of California, Berkeley, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

ISBN: 9781536213195
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: June 1, 2020
Dimensions: 133 x 196mm, 464pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $16.99
New Zealand RRP: $18.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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