Orphan Monster Spy
Author: Matt Killeen
Publication Date: March 20th, 2018
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: 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 ambiguous accent, a suspiciously bare apartment, and a lockbox full of weapons. He’s a spy, and he needs Sarah to become one, too, to pull off a mission he can’t attempt on his own: infiltrate a boarding school attended by the daughters of top Nazi brass, befriend the daughter of a key scientist, and steal the blueprints to a bomb that could destroy the cities of Western Europe. With years of training from her actress mother in the art of impersonation, Sarah thinks she’s ready. But nothing prepares her for her cutthroat schoolmates, and soon she finds herself in a battle for survival unlike any she’d ever imagined.
Historical fiction is one of my soft spots – I absolutely love it, especially when it turns out to be highly emotional and full of inspiration and has a female main character who poses as a spy in an attempt to defeat Hitler.
Yes, this book was freaking amazing.
Sarah is a fifteen year old girl with blond hair and blue eyes – and she is Jewish, which is a problem when you live in a country with a government that wants everyone who is Jewish to be erased from existence. However, due to her appearance, she meets a strange man and is easily able to pass as German at a fancy boarding school with the daughters of Nazis and report back to the group, as well as steal blue prints for a powerful bomb.
Sarah’s character is amazingly well written and remains steadfast and strong, despite seeing her mother killed, as well as those around her. She doesn’t hesitate to jump right in and infiltrate the boarding school as a spy, and she does an amazing job at it, too.
The entire premise for this book sounds like something that would make a fantastic movie, but the fact that it it is a book makes it so much better. Reading this was a really great experience – not only do I absolutely love spy thrillers, but one that is set in the time of World War II and has to do with a young girl working to take down the Nazi party is such an amazing read. I have to recommend this one to everyone.
I don’t want to give too much away because this is one of those books you really need to read, but wow, I was blown away by the wonderful writing in this book. The author has such a way with words that I felt like I was instantly drawn into the book and I couldn’t put it down until I was finished reading it. In fact, I think I flew through this one in two days, which has been pretty quick for me lately!
Orphan Monster Spy is a great book that will appeal to lovers of history and thrillers alike. There is a lot going on and the book itself is very fast paced, making it super easy to get lost in.
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review – Thank you!
Matt Killeen was born in Birmingham, in the UK, back when trousers were wide and everything was brown. Early instruction in his craft included being told that a drawing of a Cylon exploding isn’t writing and copying-out your mother’s payslip isn’t an essay “about my family.” Several alternative careers beckoned, some involving laser guns and guitars, before he finally returned to words and attempted to make a living as an advertising copywriter and largely ignored music and sports journalist. He now writes for the world’s best loved toy company, as it wasn’t possible to be an X-wing pilot. Married to his Nuyorican soul mate, he is parent to both an unfeasibly clever teenager and a toddler who is challenging his father’s anti-establishment credentials by repeatedly writing on the walls. He accidently moved to the countryside in 2016.
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