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, Fiction, War, World War II

Reviews Orphan Monster Spy

  • Kassidy
    This is an emotional and heart-pounding story!
  • Faith
    I was completely immersed in this story of a 15 year old Jewish girl who agrees to become a spy in the battle to defeat Hitler. I may be suffering burn out from reading too many books set in this time period, but this was a new World War II plot for me. The book begins with the murder of Sarah's mother at a checkpoint. Orphaned, terrified and with no identity papers, Sarah starts to run. She encounters a man with an unidentifiable accent and the ...
  • 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...
  • TL
    My casting:Sarah and the Captain: (the girl on the cover reminded me of her right away)Nothing negative to say about this one :) Suspenseful,creepy, sometimes disturbing... loved it! :) Impulse buy from Books-a-Million. The cover drew me in and after reading the first few pages, I was sold. After finishing my last current read, I ignored all my others and laser-focused on this one.This one was on my mind at work every time I had to leave the brea...
  • Carlos
    There were moments while reading this book that I hated it but I couldn’t stop listening to it (read it on audiobook). As any narrative relating to the holocaust and being a Jewish family during the eve of WW2 there are moments that are very descriptive and sad . The story centers on a 15 year old Jewish girl who loses her mother and wants to get out of Austria before the Nazis get to her , meanwhile she runs into a British spy who is in troubl...
  • Skip
    Fifteen-year old Sarah becomes an orphan when her mother is shot to death at a checkpoint, trying to escape Germany. While Jewish by birth, Sarah is blonde and can pass as Aryan. She is brave and quite an actress, saving the life of an English spy. To exact revenge, Sarah agrees to be placed in a Nazi boarding school to infiltrate the fortress home of a scientist close to developing a nuclear bomb for the Third Reich. The school is horrific, and ...
  • 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...
  • Marochka
    Повествование от третьего лица – с точки зрения Сары.Книга средних размеров, язык довольно сложный, из-за множества вставленных автором немецких слов читается тяжело. Если честно, я не поняла, зачем было писать книгу на английском и вставлять не...
  • Sara
    *3.75This was a really good wwii historical fiction! It wasn’t my all time favorite historical fiction but I did relate to Sarah in some ways such as being the same age as her. I do hope that there is another book so fingers crossed 🤞
  • Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
    5 Words: War, power, monster, school, violence.Sarah is FIERCE.Review to come!
  • Ruzaika Deen
    Another version of this review can be found @ The Regal Critiques.Received in exchange for an honest review from Usborne Publishing UK.Set during the outbreak of the World War Two, Orphan Monster Spy follows the story of Sarah, a German Jewish orphan who loses everything one fateful night and then falls into the company of a British agent. Said agent picks up on Sarah's skills (her Aryan appearance helps) and decides to send her to an exclusive g...
  • 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...
  • Karen Wellsbury
    Exciting , thrilling, funny, sad a little predictable but what a strong and fierce character Sarah is.Full review to follow
  • Stacey (prettybooks)
    I love the tagline 'A teenage spy. A Nazi boarding school. The performance of a lifetime.' and was gripped by Orphan Monster Spy from the start.Orphan Monster Spy begins with 15-year-old Sarah on the run from the government following her mother's death. She meets a mysterious spy and persuades him to let her work alongside him, certain that her mother's acting tuition will pay off – and he does. Continue reading this review over on Pretty Boo...
  • 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...
  • Stephanie Roxane
    4.25/5I really thoroughly enjoyed this book. The main character Sarah was really well fleshed out. Everything she did was so understandable in the circumstances she was in. She was such an incredibly strong female character for the time and I loved her. She did a lot of things that were definitely on the side of bad, but not anything I can fault her for in her situation. It was incredibly intense, a lot of things happen that were just completely ...
  • Lauren Murray
    Happy book birthday, "Orphan Monster Spy"!Thank you to Penguin Random House LLC for an advanced copy of this book!Sarah, abandoned at a checkpoint in Nazi Germany because her mother was shot and killed (a really thrilling first chapter, I must say), finds refuge with a man she soon refers to as Captain (ORPHAN). In his company, she is able to channel her survival skills in order to help prevent a bomb from destroying most of Europe (SPY). During ...
  • 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). When Sarah’s mother is killed at a checkpoint trying to get out of Nazi Germany, Sarah -a blue-eyed blonde Jewish girl- finds herself on the run from a government that wants her dead. Then she meets a strange man with a strange accent, a British spy. He enlists the help of Sar...
  • Robin Stevens
    I absolutely loved this book. It's fierce, spirited and exciting - and it combines two of my favourite things, early 20th century history and boarding school books. Sarah is a brilliant main character, and the situation the book puts her in (infiltrating a Nazi boarding school as a Jewish girl) is incredibly tense. There are some frightening and violent parts to this book, obviously, so it's one for older readers, but anyone 14+ who likes histori...
  • Veronica
    I thoroughly enjoyed this riveting story of a 15 year old blond haired, blue eyed Jewish girl during Nazi Germany. In this story she sees her mother shot at a nazi checkpoint, meets a mysterious man who helps her turn spy to infiltrate a nazi school for girls and to collect information to thwart the their bombing plans. I couldn’t put it down!
  • Diana Iozzia
    “Orphan Monster Spy”Written by Matt KilleenReview written by Diana Iozzia, at Bookworm Banter, @bookwormbanter“Orphan Monster Spy” is my favorite read of 2018 so far. This book is engrossing, adventurous, and so vivid I can imagine every second of it as a film in front of my eyes. I do not often visualize books as I read in depth the way that I did while reading this book.For a debut novel from the author, Matt Killeen, I was deeply impre...
  • 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...
  • Sue
    This book about WWII has a fierce main character who wants to do what she can to defeat the Germans. After her Mom is killed at a check point as they try to escape from Germany, she is rescued by a spy and after observing her, he asks for her help.Sarah is a blonde, blue eyed Jewish girl of 15. She was raised by her mom, an actress, who taught her how to take on different personas including accents. She's asked to enroll into an exclusive girl's ...
  • Peter
    Edge of the seat tense from start to finish. I couldn’t put it down.
  • Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
    Gripping and uncomfortably chilling. I just couldn't put it down. I had been sick when I read this book. However, I found myself reading it until I reached half of it! It's crazy, TMI I know.Sarah's appearance puts her into an advantage to be an undercover spy in an all girls boarding school for children of the Nazis or important people working for Der Führer. Since Sarah had nowhere to go, she (unwillingly) accepted the Captain's challenge. Tri...
  • Lauren
    I requested Orphan Monster Spy from Penguin's First to Read program on a whim. It looked interesting, and I'm always in the market for a new historical fiction read. Unfortunately, Orphan Monster Spy wasn't the book for me. It's the classic case of a fantastic premise but an execution that falls short. Orphan Monster Spy introduces Sarah, a young adult in 1939 Germany who becomes a spy for the resistance. I'll admit that Sarah is an interesting m...
  • Katy Noyes
    WWII-set spy drama, with a smart, young heroine you need to win throughIn the early days of the war, a 15-year-old Jewish girl is trying to make her way out of Germany after the death of her mother. Being small for her age through malnutrition and with much-prized blonde hair and blue eyes, Sarah is also a good actress and about to escape when she makes a split-second decision to help a mysterious man... and finds herself becoming involved in the...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    3.5 starsIn Matt Killeen's World War II drama, blonde, blue-eyed, and Jewish Sarah finds herself on the run from the government--and straight into the lap of a mysterious man who she discovers is a spy.He needs Sarah to become a spy to, in a different manner than infiltrating the government: Infiltrating an elite Nazi boarding school.There, Sarah must pull off the mission he cannot--befriend the daughter of a key scientist and steal the blueprint...