Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Orphan Eleven by Gennifer Choldenko
[Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway]

Hello lovelies! Welcome to the next stop on the Orphan Eleven blog tour, hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Gennifer Choldenko has written an amazing story, so be sure to check out the giveaway below! Thank you for stopping by! πŸŽͺ For the full tour schedule, please visit the Rockstar Book Tours website.

About the Book:

Author: Gennifer Choldenko
Pub. Date: May 26, 2020
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 320
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org

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 caring for the elephants, but she must be able to speak to them, and to warn others of danger. If Lucy doesn't find her voice, she'll be left behind when the circus goes on the rails. Meanwhile, people are searching for Lucy, and her puzzling past is about to catch up with her.


I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

I read Orphan Eleven to my son, and we both really enjoyed it! Choldenko keeps you on the edge of your seat, and I often found myself mentally reading ahead when I supposed to be reading aloud to my kid. I wouldn't even realize I was doing it until he said, "Mama? What happens after..." and prompted me to start reading again. πŸ˜‚ Something would happen in the story and I would momentarily forget where I was! My brain needed to know faster than my mouth was capable of reading, haha.
I haven't read any of the author's previous books, but they're definitely on my radar now! If those stories are anything like this one, I know I won't be disappointed.

About Gennifer:

With more than 2 and a half million books sold, Choldenko’s best known Tales from Alcatraz series, has been called “A cornerstone series in contemporary children’s literature.” Al Capone Does My Shirts—the first book in the series—was a Newbery Honor Book and the recipient of twenty other awards. All four books in the series were Junior Library Guild selections and garnered many starred reviews.

Gennifer’s newest novel: Orphan Eleven will be out May 26. Publisher’s Weekly has said this about Orphan Eleven: “This uplifting tale of hope, survival and belonging has all the ingredients to become a beloved middle grade book.” Gennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her loyal husband and naughty dog.

Giveaway Details:
3 winners will receive a finished copy of ORPHAN ELEVEN, US Only.


  1. I bet my grandson would like this.

  2. This one looks so cute! I love that you were unconsciously reading ahead. LOL I'm really loving MG books lately so I think I'd enjoy this one.


    1. It really frustrates my son whenever I read without him! Haha. I really don't mean to... I just trail off while my brain skips ahead. πŸ˜‚ Yes! We've been enjoying a lot of MG books lately. They seem to be the only things I have time for these days, since he always gets a few chapters before bed.


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