The Orphanage of Miracles by Amy Neftzger

The Orphanage of Miracles - Amy Neftzger

Leopards and foxes and kings, oh my.  This magical adventure in, to quote the author, “The Land of Make Believe,” is very well done.  It is books like this that gave me my love of reading as a child.  It engages the imagination from start to finish.


I loved the characters in this book.  The girls are strong and brave and the boys are kind and compassionate.  They are interesting, curious, and generally likeable.  The lessons they learn during the story are clearly relevant to their lives. 


The book is made up of two separate stories that merge in the end.  It alternates between the two but the common thread is evident all the way through.  The end sets up nicely for the sequel, which is not yet released.


I would definitely recommend this book to the targeted age group as well as to adults as a fun and engaging read.  Kudos to Cory Basil for a fabulous cover and illustrations.  Although I usually try not to compare authors, I have to say that Amy Neftzger’s writing reminds me a lot of Neil Gaiman, who happens to be one of my favorite authors.  I am planning to read, not only the sequel to this book, but other works of this author.