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The Unadoptables

By: Hana Tooke

Neil Gaiman meets Hans Christian Andersen in this delicious fairy tale full of mysterious spirits, daring escapes, and a beautiful message about the power of found families.

Egbert, Lotta, Sem, Fenna, and Milou. They are an artist, an inventor, a sewist, a baker, and their imaginative ringleader—and they are the unadoptables: children who have lived their whole lives at the Little Tulip orphanage in Amsterdam. When a corrupt sea captain threatens to make them his minions, Milou knows it’s time to plot a daring escape. But she has no idea their caper will begin with a crime, or that it will take them down back roads and alleys, along frozen canals, to an old windmill housing an abandoned puppet theater, where the truth about her origins lies hidden if she can only untangle the clues. But with the sea captain hunting them down, and a nosy neighbor threatening to reveal them to the authorities, the unadoptables will have to work fast to uncover the truth and find a way to save each other.

ISBN: 9780593116937

JLG Release: Sep 2020

Sensitive Areas: Violence: Mild Violence
Topics: Action and adventure , Family , Orphans and foster homes , Mystery and detective stories , Marriage and divorce , Amsterdam, Netherlands , Orphanages

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First Release

September 2020



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

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Print Book


Hardcover edition



Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: Mild Violence


Action and adventure, Family, Orphans and foster homes, Mystery and detective stories, Marriage and divorce, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Orphanages,

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