Author- Emily Winfield Martin.
Publish date- 2012.
Publisher- Random House.
What I thought:
This is, really, an exquisite book. My sister had been a fan of the author's work (art, jewellery) for a long time, and when the book came out she chose to buy it; there it has since been, sitting on my niece's bookshelf- I could've read it months ago, but I just wasn't all that interested, and I am annoyed at myself for that.
The story features a diverse array of characters, the majority of whom are orphans living at Oddfellows Orphanage, a place of wonder that is packed of characters full to brimming with wonderous stories, clothing and personalities. They were all very intriguing individuals, and as such I definitely don't have a clear cut favourite, which is unusual for me.
Something I really liked about this book is that there isn't an antagonist, no threat to the school or particular evil the children have to face and vanquish- it's a happy tale with a sad background (they are orphans, after all), the plot taking us over the course of a few months as the protagonist (of sorts) comes to understand the day to day life at Oddfellows.
My only problem with this was something my sister also commented on: things aren't always explained all that throughly, or the author doesn't often go into a great depth. Each chapter is like a little story in itself, and they're not very long at all. It's very enjoyable reading, but I wished more than once for a tad more character history and plot development.
Rating: Excellent/Big Explosion, MIND BLOWN.
I really loved this. The characters are marvellous, the story unique and engaging, the illustration (all by the author) is exquisite, but it just could've been a little (lot) longer.