ACHUKA Book of the Day 22 Jul 2020
Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week 19 Jul 2020
A book that first caught ACHUKA’s eye back in pre-lockdown February, when it featured in a 2o20 Highlights event held at Han Yard Hotel. “The author grew up in Amsterdam and moved to Devon when she was 12. She describes the book as ‘a madcap adventure set in a beautiful European country about daring to be different’. Another one I shall personally look forward to.”
And here it is:
In all the years that Elinora Gassbeek has been matron of the Little Tulip Orphanage, not once have the Rules for Baby Abandonment been broken. Until the autumn of 1886, when five babies are left in outrageous circumstances: one in a tin toolbox, one in a coal bucket, one in a picnic hamper, one in a wheat sack, and finally, one in a coffin-shaped basket.
Those babies were Lotta, Egg, Fenna, Sem and Milou, who were swiftly and firmly deemed ‘the unadoptables’. Twelve years on the children still have each other – until a sinister gentleman appears and threatens to tear them apart. The gang decide to make a daring escape, fleeing the frozen canals of Amsterdam for an adventure packed with puppets and pirate ships, clock-makers and cruel villains – and with only a scrap of a clue to guide them to their mysterious new home .