The Miracle and Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets by Sarah Miller

The Miracle and Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets

When they were born on May 28, 1934, weighing a grand total of just over 13 pounds, no one expected them to live so much as an hour. Overnight, Yvonne, Annette, Cécile, Émilie, and Marie Dionne captivated the world, defying medical history with every breath they took.In an effort to protect them from hucksters and showmen, the Ontario government took custody of the five identical babies, sequestering them in a private, custom-built hospital acr...

Details The Miracle and Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets

TitleThe Miracle and Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets
Release DateAug 27th, 2019
PublisherSchwartz & Wade
GenreNonfiction, Biography, History

Reviews The Miracle and Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets

  • Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestThis is a fascinating and tragic story about five girls who basically ended up becoming a sideshow attraction as the wards of the Canadian government. The Dionne Quintuplets, as they came to be known, were five girls born to some low-income French-Canadians. They were two months premature and collectively weighed around 13 pounds. Nobody believed they would survive, at least, not all of them,...
  • Stacey
    I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. I only knew a bit about the Dionne Quintuplets before reading this book by Sarah Miller. I was vaguely interested in the subject matter but adored Miller's earlier book "Caroline" a novelized version of the life of Caroline Ingalls, Laura Ingalls Wilder's mother. I was obsessed with the story of the Dionne quintuplets from the first page. The story itself is unbelieva...
  • steph
    This was such a fast, easy read. I really liked this author's style of writing and the way that she effortlessly weaved in interviews, newspaper articles and documents into a story that captivated me from the opening lines. It's nonfiction but not boring or dry which is my favorite type of nonfiction. Also she tried very hard to be neutral and objective in regards to every side, which I enjoyed because it was probably closer to the truth than pic...
  • Laura Gardner
    /5 This book is BANANAS and proves the maxim that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Children kept in captivity, raised with no sense of independence or reality, ogled at by thousands like animals in a zoo, and exploited for millions of dollars?? WHAT? .〰〰Sarah Miller has written a fascinating, balanced account of the Dionne Quintuplets, the first quintuplets to survive childhood in history. Yvonne, Annette, Cecile, Emilie and Marie we...
  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    1.5 STARSSPOILERS if you don’t know the story.I’ve read about and saw documentaries on the Dionne Quintuplets since I was a young girl fascinated by the first surviving identical quintuplets. THE MIRACLE AND TRAGEDY OF THE DIONNE QUINTUPLETS by Sarah Miller covers some new territory, goes deeper into the sexual abuse the girls suffered at the hands of their father and confirms the suicide of one quint.The story focuses less on the quints and ...
  • Julie
    Ugggggggggh. This whole story is such a horrible cluster from start to finish. I picked this up because when I was a kid, my grandma told me about the Dionne Quintuplets and showed me their picture (a souvenir photo that is reproduced in this book); at one point I even memorized all their names. So when I saw this book on display I knew I had to read it, in honor of my grandma.I really wonder if she ever followed their whole sad story. It's shock...
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusMy father was just an infant when the Dionne quintuplets defied odds by surviving their birth in 1934. Their parents, Oliva and Elzire Dionne, were farmers who were doing just a little better than their neighbors, despite their six children. Elzire's pregnancy had been difficult, and even though it was expensive, she had consulted Dr. Dafoe, the local GP. When she went into labor two months early, the midwives cons...
  • Doris Vandruff
    Olivia and his wife Elzire were not aware that this latest pregnancy would change their lives forever. Elzire gives birth to quintuplets. Yvonne, Annette, Cicile, Emilie, and Marie. Each born in that order. They were born early and not expected to live. These babies would forever be known as the Dionne Quintuplets. Not only were multiple live births of this degree unheard of, they were also all still alive and that was extraordinary. What starts ...
  • Maya Sophia
    This was well researched and well written. The style is very narrative, which I think suits the story because it almost reads like fiction. I cannot fathom how there was not one single adult who supported and advocated for the quintuplets in a selfless and educated way. I tried to suspend some disbelief for the era and the limits of medical and child development knowledge then, but I’m still just so viscerally appalled by how they were treated....
  • Laura
    This seems to be the summer of the Dionnes, between Quintland and this book. During the SLJ Teen Live event the author mentioned that most YA readers won't have heard about them, which is true... unless they've heard Sondheim's "I'm Still Here" and looked them up. There's also been some coverage of them as the original "kidfluencers" but that may be escaping teen notice.This is NF and pretty well done. Because the Dionne family hasn't been all th...
  • Dawn Michelle
    1. I have read in other reviews that this is like an expose of what really happened with the Dionne Quints. I have to disagree vehemently. What I just read is more like tabloid fodder than a nonfiction biography of sisters who never knew normal. It is shocking and appalling and I am horrified that both an editor and a publisher is letting this be "given to the masses" as truth. This just reeks of profit and greediness and more exploitation of a f...
  • Becky
    First sentence of the prologue: In an empty nursery, behind two woven wire fences topped with barbed wire, five nine-year-old girls waited for their father.Premise/plot: Sarah Miller’s newest book is a biography of the Dionne quintuplets: Yvonne, Annette, Cecile, Emilie, and Marie who were born on May 28, 1934. Their arrival and survival captivated and fascinated the world at large not just for weeks, months, or even years but for decades. Thei...
  • Heidi
    This story of the Dionne Quintuplets and the ups and downs of their lives up to the present day was quite the roller coaster ride emotionally. From the difficult circumstances of their birth and the tremendous efforts made to save their lives up through the building of the hospital and 'imprisonment' of the girls, to their release back to their parents at age 9, their growing up years, and journey to adulthood, Miller tells the story of these fiv...
  • Alicia
    What a super fascinating biography of the Dionne quintuplets: Marie, Emilie, Yvonne, Annette, and Cecile. Born to a 25 year old mother who already had five children after she married when she was 16, the pregnancy got progressively worse in 1934 and it looked as though the baby was going to be born prematurely-- instead: Elzire completely worn and tired gave birth to five baby girls with the help of a local mom/midwife and the doctor who arrived ...
  • JoLee
    Featured in "History Books for Young Readers" on Intellectual Recreation. On May 28, 1934, five identical baby girls were born to a French Canadian family in Ontario. Their survival was both miraculous and the result of the tireless work of the doctor, midwives, and nurses who delivered the girls and worked round-the-clock in their infancy. Controversy and celebrity followed the girls, who were separated from their family and raised by the state ...
  • Letty
    3.5/5 This was a fascinating story about the Dionne Quintuplets. I didn't know much them but while reading, I did remember hearing something about them in the past. So sad that they were put on display at such a young age. I was surprised to learn that as of 2018 there are two surviving sisters. It would have been nice to have included pictures of the quintuplets in the book. Maybe they weren't included in the digital ARC I read. Having the inter...
  • Stasia
    This was well done. I feel like it actually gave you the facts without coming across as crude, which I sort of felt "Quintland Sisters" was at times in description. Fast paced and factual.
  • Amy Formanski Duffy
    This is really compelling narrative nonfiction, but I have no idea why it is marketed as a book for teens. Maybe because it makes for excellent birth control?!
  • Lauren
    A compelling story with a great narrator. Highly recommend. On a side note, I cannot figure out why this is considered teen nonfiction.
  • Kristina
    Cross-posted from my blog: http://quietandbusy.blogspot.comFor my first nonfiction read of 2020, I decided to try The Miracle & Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets. This young adult novel caught my eye in Barnes and Noble a few months back and has been in the back of my mind ever since. I'd never heard of the Dionne Quintuplets before reading it, but the inside flap of the book sounded fascinating. I knew I wanted to pick this one up early on in my...
  • Shannon
    The Dionne quintuplets is not something I was really familiar with when I started this, I had heard them brought up when talking about how reality TV effects kids but beyond that I knew nothing. These girls where signed over to the Canadian government to get out of a contract to be a side show in Chicago and what was supposed to be just two years turned into 9.5 years. Initially the goal of signing offer the girls to the government was to stop th...
  • Amanda Zirn Hudson
    3.5/5 I found the lives of the Dionne Quintuplets shocking and I couldn’t stop reading. It’s true that their lives were both a miracle and a tragedy. I felt terrible for them, my heart ached. With that being said, this book seems like it should be an adult book, I am surprised this is for a 12+ audience. I did appreciate how the author seemed to take a somewhat neutral stance to narrating the Quint’s early childhood. You felt terrible for t...
  • Kari Marie
    This was a fascinating and sad read. I had never heard of the Dionne Quintuplets and theirs is a tragic story. I am not a big fan of transcripts and at times I found this a little clunky but this book was full of information. I think it really brings home that taking children away from parents is not always the best and the government does not always have the best intentions to the children in their care. I am looking at this from a US perspectiv...
  • Christina
    An impeccably researched narrative nonfiction book about the five Dionne girls, born in 1934 to impoverished Canadian parents in a small house without running water or electricity. The story is fascinating--the struggle to keep them alive in the first few days, and how various people such as newspaper journalists and outright hucksters wanted to help in exchange for the rights to share their story. Fearing they wouldn't live without a lot of help...
  • Ekta
    In 1934 the world witnesses a medical miracle: the birth of a set of identical quintuplets who survive. The Dionne family welcome their daughters but soon learn the girls will be claimed by many people far from the small Canadian town they call home. Author Sarah Miller offers extensive research and sources for her chronicle of this fascinating, yet heartbreaking story in The Miracle and Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets.Having birthed several ch...
  • Barbara
    I can recall my mother telling me about the Dionne quintuplets and reading magazine articles about those five girls who looked so much alike so I was thrilled when this book came my way. The title describes the book's contents perfectly as this birth and their survival was something of a miracle, and yes, the lives they led seemed tragic, all the more because they were victims of those who took advantage of them, including the Canadian government...
  • Kenya Starflight
    I remember reading about the Dionne Quintuplets in, of all places, an "Uncle John's Bathroom Reader" book years ago. Their story struck me as fascinating, yet tragic... and so to come across an actual book about them seemed like a good opportunity to learn more. And boy, was "The Miracle and Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets" an eye-opener. It tells a miraculous yet heartbreaking story about how these five girls managed to survive incredible odds...
  • Jennia
    An enduring fascination with the Dionne quintuplets has lasted for decades and will doubtless continue for decades more. Born in 1934 during a time of explosive growth in medical learning and advancement when compared to knowledge of even ten or twenty years earlier, the tiny, premature babies were never expected to survive. Day by day family and medical staff alike were astounded when they continued to persevere despite various obstacles and set...
  • Pablo Ramirez-Garcia
    Before I started reading this book, I could not believe I had never heard of the Dionne Quintuplets before. Almost 85 years after their birth, Sarah Miller meticulously reconstructed the lives of the "most famous siblings in the world". They were born in Corbeil, Ontario in 1934 (during the Great Depression) to poor and uneducated French-Canadian parents, Oliva and Elzire. When the young couple expected their 6th baby to arrive after a tough preg...