Kathy's Pick: The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill
When a child goes missing from the Orphan House in the town of Stone-in-the-Glen, the mayor suggests the kindly Ogress is responsible, but the orphans do not believe that and try to make their deluded neighbors see the real villain among them.
“It’s always a good day for a story!”
The Library was the heart of the small town, Stone-in-the-Glen. But then the library burned down. The Orphan House, run by Matron and Myron, home to 15 orphans ranging in age from almost-14 to small babies, is situated next to the rubble that used to be the Library. Stone-in-the-Glen is also home to an assortment of people and animals, many crows, an ogress, magic, and maybe even a dragon. The Mayor of the town is a dazzling personality who fixes all problems, or does he? This is their story.
An unknown Narrator tells the tale of the town and its inhabitants. Times are rough, and sometimes there is little to eat. Someone is leaving baked goods and garden vegetables – along with painted picture cards (no signatures) – at night on the doorsteps of the houses in the town. Who is this generous neighbor? Why are the deliveries always accompanied by the raucous sound of crows? What does it mean to be a good neighbor? Can people learn to speak Crow? What will it take to bring the townspeople together again, and how do the orphans save the day?
The intertwining plot lines of the daily lives of the orphans, story-telling oak trees, the Ogress building her house, magical expanding time, an encounter between an antelope and a dragon, and so much more form the basis of this enchanting book. The author deftly weaves in details to capture and hold the reader’s interest. Find out how the pieces all fit together to bring about the surprising ending. This book is a great read!
Availability: Book Rating: ***** Stars (I loved it) Reviewer: Kathy, Cataloging Librarian
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GENRE: Fantasy Fiction
PACE: Leisurely Paced
WRITING STYLE: Thoughtful
SUBJECT: Blame; Generosity; Ghouls and Ogres; Giants; Imaginary Places; Mayors; Missing Children; Orphans; Scapegoats; Small Town Life
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