The orphan band of springdale is a middle grade fiction novel that was narrated through the lead protagonist augusta gusta neubronner an eleven year old from new york who was sent by her parents to her grandmother in elm street springdale maine her father was supposed to accompany her on the journey but he suddenly vanished when they were on a bus in portland. The orphan band of springdale is a thoroughly satisfying novel with a kind of comforting heartwarming old fashioned sensibility as it explores themes of family truth misplaced patriotism otherness and finally forgiveness the book i had trouble getting into turned out to be just that book i wanted to read. My thoughts the orphan band of springdale is a character driven historical novel with heart some books are all about the journey and not the destination such is the orphan band of springdale i loved spending time with gusta and her friends delphine bess and josie i loved her at home and at school. The orphan band of springdale anne nesbet candlewick 1899 448p isbn 978 0 7636 8804 2 financial strains force gusta to leave her parents and new york city for her grandmothers home in . The orphan band of springdale is a work of historical fiction that translates beautifully to the issues of our world today readers are encouraged to consider what it really means to be american and in small ways the sacrifices faced by refugees fleeing from war
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