This is a tale about 5 little ones left at an orphanage in lots of unconventional ways and this story travels with them as they go on a hunt for one of the orphans families. They are amazing characters, each with a skill that makes them remarkable. I really enjoyed reading this book. Although I do understand that the name might be triggering for children that are adopted. Aside from this it's a tale of mystery and adventure, clever children and nasty villains.
About the Book
Five amazing children . . .
one most un-ordinary adventure. "A compelling, gorgeously-written story about the power of friendship and the true meaning of family . .
In the autumn of 1886, Elinora Gassbeek, matron of the Little Tulip Orphanage discovers five new babies in most extraordinary circumstances: One in a tin toolbox. One in a coal bucket.
One in a picnic hamper. One in a wheat sack. And finally, one in a coffin-shaped basket.
Those babies were Lotta, Egbert, Fenna, Sem and Milou. Growing up together, these five children know their individuality is what makes them so special - and so determined to stay together. Then a most sinister gentleman appears and threatens to tear them apart.
The gang decide to make a daring escape, fleeing the frozen canals of Amsterdam for an adventure packed with puppets and pirate ships, clock-makers and cruel villains - and with only a scrap of a clue to guide them. But is their real home - and their real family - already closer than they realise?"A corker of a story." Emma Carroll, author of Letters to the Lighthouse "A book to absolutely fall in love with." Cerrie Burnell, author of The Girl with the Shark's Teeth