Indies Introduce

Middle Grade

  • The Unadoptables, Hana Tooke
    Viking Books for Young Readers, 9780593116937, June 2, 2020 (Middle Grade)

    “Offbeat orphans! Sinister villains! Sort of creepy life-sized puppets! In her debut middle-grade book, Hana Tooke has crafted a terrific, atmospheric story wherein five ‘unadoptable’ orphans, each of whom showed up in the orphanage in very unusual ways and have unique not-quite-powers, are about to be taken in by the callous Rotman for nefarious purposes and must go on the run. The Unadoptables will make you wish your own parents had loved you enough to leave you at a Dutch orphanage in the 19th century to join in their adventures. Great for readers of A Series of Unfortunate Events and the Serafina series.”

    Nathan Halter, Lahaska Bookshop (Doylestown, PA)

    “When Milou discovers the orphanage matron’s plot to sell her and her friends to a nefarious figure, she hatches an escape plan. Using only the clues left with her as a baby (a coffin-shaped basket, a cat puppet, a velvet dress), Milou and her friends dive headlong into a new adventure outside the orphanage’s walls. The Unadoptables has everything: evil ship captains, lifelike puppets, a charming Dutch setting complete with windmills and canals, a ragtag group of orphans looking for a family, and a mystery at the heart of it all. Perfect for reading out loud, and just the right amount of scary, this has the feel of a classic in the making.”

    Bethany Strout, Tattered Cover Bookstore (Denver, CO)


    “The world building in The Unadoptables was absolutely unforgettable. This book has everything you need: villians, action, comedy and adventure all rolled into one. Perfect for fans of Nevermoor and Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom.”

    -Robyn Broderick, The Reading Bug (San Carlos, CA)


    “In a cold, dark, Amsterdam winter, a group of unique orphans shine brightly with hope and love. Minou and her band of talented friends set out from the Little Tulip Orphanage on a quest for freedom and family, over frozen canals to evade a despicable villain. With a little bit of spookiness and a whole lot of quirkiness, this book will capture your heart!”


    Tegan Tigani, Queen Anne Book Company (Seattle, WA)

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