Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen

Orphan Monster Spy

A Jewish girl-turned-spy must infiltrate an elite Nazi boarding school in this highly commercial, relentlessly nail-biting World War II drama!After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-old Sarah--blonde, blue-eyed, and Jewish--finds herself on the run from a government that wants to see every person like her dead. Then Sarah meets a mysterious man with an ambiguous accent, a suspiciously bare apartment, and a lockbox full of weapons. ...

Details Orphan Monster Spy

TitleOrphan Monster Spy
Release DateMar 20th, 2018
PublisherViking Books for Young Readers
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, War

Reviews Orphan Monster Spy

  • Elizabeth La Lettrice
    This was intense and I loved every section of it. You thought the girls in your high school were mean? Think again. This was an interesting fictional perspective on the horrors of Nazism from a Jewish girl who "passes" and infiltrates a community of Nazi elites. Disclaimer: A few scenes were a bit cringeworthy violent (which I love, in an admittedly sick way) but just a warning for anyone who may be a bit sensitive and/or if considering for a you...
  • Katherine Locke
    While the style of writing and the narration isn't typically my jam, I am thoroughly impressed with the depth of research, worldbuilding, and sensitivity toward the portrayal of a Jewish girl in Nazi Germany. This is the opposite of The Girl Who Wouldn't Die, which I found to be an antisemitic hot mess of a book last year, and I am so very thrilled to see a Jewish girl who is the hero of her own story, who was violent and imperfect and fierce, wh...
  • Ellesha
    I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book at Holly Bourne’s book premiere and for Matt Killeen’s first novel, I thought it was amazing! If I was to see this in a book shop, it definitely wouldn’t be something I would’ve even picked up, let alone considered reading, so I am glad that I received this book in my goody bag. Spy novels set in the past are definitely not my kind of thing, but I think as it’s such a realistic book, wit...
  • Farhina ↯↯ The Wanderer Of Inked Adventures
    "Would the future Germany have any evidence of its crimes? Would it smell bad and would people even know why?" This book is a World War II novel. The main protagonist is Sarah, who is a Jew with an Aryan appearance. After her mother get killed abandoned and alone she meets a man who turns out it be a spy. She is recruited by him to to be a spy and go inside and infiltrated a Nazi boarding school. Sarah was an incredibly strong character. She kep...
  • Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
    5 Words: War, power, monster, school, violence.Sarah is FIERCE.Review to come!
  • Lily
    A 15-year-old Jewish girl in Nazi Germany is on the run after her mother dies at a checkpoint. She is recruited to be a spy by a mysterious man who wants her help to infiltrate a Nazi scientist's home. However, his home is a fortress, and the only way to get in is to be invited. So Sarah is sent to Rothenstadt Academy, a school of the daughters of German generals and given her mission, befriend the scientist’s daughter. Orphan, Monster, Spy was...
  • Megan (YABookers)
    Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 4.5 stars. (I can't decide between a 4 or 5 stars so it's going in the middle). I had a feeling I would love this, and there has been a little buzz about this on twitter, so I did have quite high expectations. I've always been a fan of historical fiction, so it plays right into my interests, especially concerning female spies during WW2. *screams about CODE...
  • Katherine Moore
    This was such an exhilarating read and a book that really is so different from anything else in the YA genre right now; I read this in its entirety during one day of the '24in48' Readathon this weekend, I absolutely couldn't put it down.Set at the dawn of World War 2, Sarah has just witnessed her mother's murder, after fleeing their home because of Jewish round-ups, and somehow lands in the care of a British spy, Captain Floyd. He takes her under...
  • Trisha
    Gosh, long and absorbing. But also violent as is the way with war.Sarah is a strong hero.
  • hiltonjenkin
    Follow my blog for more posts: hjbookblog “Sarah knew better than to judge by appearances. Young and old, tall and short, ugly and beautiful, fit and crippled- Sarah knew them to be equally capable of goodness, or in her experience, equally vicious and horrible.” ‘Orphan Monster Spy’, the debut novel Matt Killeen is a young-adult historical fiction in the backdrop of The Holocaust. The protagonist in the story is Sarah, a fierce, clever J...
  • Peter
    Edge of the seat tense from start to finish. I couldn’t put it down.
  • Kathi
    Didn't love the writing, I thought it brushed over every possible life-threatening subject matter and didn't really take anything seriously. I disliked the characters and the plot was unbelievable, it was hard for me to finish this one.
  • Amy
    Many thanks to Edelweiss and Viking Publishing for an eARC copy of this book. All opinions are my own.I really liked this book. The premise (a young Jewish girl, on the run from Germany on the eve of WWII, taken in by a British spy and then used in a spy mission) is FANTASTIC. And, for the most part, this book delivers. The character is a tense study in how far you can go within your own morals while still doing the work you think is important an...
  • Nenah Muniz
    I often find myself hesitant to read historical fiction because I feel that the line between fact and fiction can be confusing, as to what actually happened. However, when I received this ARC back in August I was immediately drawn in by the synopsis on the back of the book. Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen is incredibly entrancing. The main character Sarah is incredibly witty, sharp, and clever, making her unique from any other character I've r...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    4 stars Interesting & a fast paced read, although there were parts that I was a little confused about. Full review to come on March 15th, closer to the pub date!
  • Pauline
    Harsh and brutal but also very different from most of the YA books I have been reading lately.
  • Kelly Beestone
    A lonely orphan with a dangerous secret. Not just another blonde-haired, blue-eyed little monster. Trapped inside a world full of lies, when does a schoolgirl become a spy.Set against the high-tension, pressure-cooker backdrop of Germany in the late 1930’s, Orphan Monster Spy follows Sarah, a young Jewish girl, who is forced to flee following the brutal death of her mother as they try to escape persecution. Trained in the art of the theatre by ...
  • Joan
    Review of Advance Readers’ EditionBlonde, blue-eyed Sarah has survived much in 1939 Germany: Kristallnacht, the police, the murder of her mother. Small for her age, quick, smart, and resourceful, she finds refuge with Captain Jeremy Floyd, an enigmatic Englishman who is in actuality a spy seeking to gather information on a German scientist and the bomb he is developing. Sarah joins forces with Floyd in a plan to gain access to the fortressed ho...
  • Janet
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- Her name is Sarah. She's blonde, blue-eyed, and Jewish in 1939 Germany. And her act of resistance is about to change the world.After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-old Sarah meets a mysterious man with an ambiguous accent, a suspiciously bare apartment, and a lockbox full of weapons. He's part of the sec...
  • Joanne
    What starts off with a really gripping scene with the story thrown immediately into action when Sarah, a Jew living in 1939 Germany, meets a spy, things sort of fizzled out afterwards. The story seemed to halt for a bit until Sarah gets enrolled into school to act as a spy to try and stop the building of a nuclear bomb.It was quoted to be 'deeply disturbing and chillingly good' but I didn't feel very thrilled when reading this but I did like the ...
  • Cathe Olson
    15-year-old Jewish girl Sarah's mother is shot as they are fleeing Nazi-occupied Germany. Sarah is aided by a man who turns out to be part of a resistance group and she agrees to help. She uses her Aryan looks, musical talent and acting skills to get into an exclusive boarding school in the hopes that she can befriend the daughter of a scientist working on a powerful bomb.This was powerfully written and the German interspersed within the narrativ...
  • Katie B
    It's 1939, and Sarah, a fifteen year old, blonde-haired, blue eyed Jewish girl, is just trying to survive. After her mother is killed, Sarah meets a mysterious man who she learns is part of a secret resistance against the Third Reich. She teams up with the man and is sent to live at a boarding school with the daughters of top Nazi leaders. The plan is to befriend the daughter of a scientist who is working on a bomb and steal the blueprints before...
  • Margaret
    Three and a half stars.I read this book from an ARC copy provided by the publisher via Baker & Taylor’s ARC program.I enjoyed this WWII spy thriller.There are two things I wish could be change, bearing in mind that this is an advance copy and changes might be made in the final print version):1. I wished very much for a historical note with more details about Nazi boarding schools. (The same reaction I had to All the Light You Cannot See, as a m...
  • Trisha Perry
    This is the story of little Sarah, the Jew that wasn't a Jew, who became a orphan, than a spy, but along the way a monster. If you like this era of books than you will like this one. At some points you will shake your head and say no way that happened but then you will remember all the things of that era and then you will tell yourself, maybe it could have. This book is fill with action and suspense like you would think it should be but there are...
  • Jo
    It's 1939 and Jews like 15 year old Sarah are being persecuted in Germany. She and her mother attempt to escape but her mother is killed. Alone, and trying to survive, she falls in with a British spy who takes her under his wing. He then sends her undercover to a Nazi boarding school for girls where she's supposed to befriend the daughter of a scientist who is making a devastating bomb. This was like Mean Girls with Nazis and I bloody loved it. T...
  • Darcy Kesterson
    A novel set in WWII with a young Jewish girl sounds like a lot of stories already out there. But taking that Jewish girl and placing her as a spy in a Nazi boarding school? that's where Killeen takes a different view of what we know as WWII literature. Sarah is fiery and uncovers the life of what it was like to grow up with the Nazi ideals that were being placed on them. He does a great job of combining research with a dynamic plot. Wonderful job...
  • Emily
    I would definitely recommend reading this book when it is released. It is a fast-paced, intriguing story of a Jewish girl who lost everything, then found a purpose working to rid the world of a monstrosity of epic proportions. I hope that this is part of a series, and that Killeen plans to bring Sarah/Ursula and the Captain back for another mission. One of the only critiques of the book was that the main characters are not as fleshed out as I'd l...
  • Tiffany
    This book was AMAZING. The protagonist, Sarah, is an extremely multi-faceted character. Despite "acting" nearly the entire book, her true character still comes through, a testament to the author's skills. My personal favorite parts were the interactions between Sarah and Captain Floyd, their characters just build off of each other so well. Do be warned that the book does contain some possibly disturbing content such as (view spoiler)[ attempted s...
  • Vera
    I won a copy of this. Only a child and have been forced to run for her life. Was in the car when her Mom was shot. Sarah got out, but was being chased. Thought she found someone to help her, but wanted her to be a spy in a boarding school. Sure not a place for a Jewish girl. She was treated very cruel. Book more disturbing than I care to read. At times thought I might not finish. But want to be fair. Maybe some enjoys books like this.