• The Ogress and the Orphans

  • By: Kelly Barnhill
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (85 ratings)

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The Ogress and the Orphans

By: Kelly Barnhill
Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
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Publisher's Summary

A new instant-classic fantasy about the power of generosity and love, and how a community suffers when they disappear, by Kelly Barnhill, winner of the Newbery Medal for The Girl Who Drank the Moon, a New York Times bestseller.

Stone-in-the-Glen, once a lovely town, has fallen on hard times. Fires, floods, and other calamities have caused the people to lose their library, their school, their park, and even their neighborliness. The people put their faith in the Mayor, a dazzling fellow who promises he alone can help. After all, he is a famous dragon slayer. (At least, no one has seen a dragon in his presence.) Only the clever children of the Orphan House and the kindly Ogress at the edge of town can see how dire the town’s problems are.

Then one day a child goes missing from the Orphan House. At the Mayor’s suggestion, all eyes turn to the Ogress. The Orphans know this can’t be: the Ogress, along with a flock of excellent crows, secretly delivers gifts to the people of Stone-in-the-Glen.

But how can the Orphans tell the story of the Ogress’s goodness to people who refuse to listen? And how can they make their deluded neighbors see the real villain in their midst?

©2022 Kelly Barnhill (P)2022 Algonquin Young Readers

Critic Reviews

“An exquisite fantasy tale …  Whether you’ve been counting the months, weeks and days or are brand-new to Barnhill’s sharp, word-perfect prose and classical yet fresh storytelling, you’re going to love this standalone fantasy.BookPage, “2022 Preview: Most Anticipated Children’s Books”

“As exquisite as it is moving.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 

“The reader is immediately tossed into this fantasy … The Mayor is a fantastic (though loathsome) villain, oozing charisma and evil in equal measures … . It is fortunate that her tinkering with fairy tales and fables helped open a path to this novel that champions kindness in a very dark world.”Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review) 

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I really enjoyed this story. Very much recommend! A very sweet story about society and what it means to be a neighbor. Also realistic in a fantasy world. The narrator also did a great job with all the characters and added to the story.

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Great story with a mostly happy ending.

I was expecting to be left really sad but was mostly a happy ending even though you know a sadness is coming after the story is over. Narration was great.

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simply amazing.

I am just kinda awestruck at what I just finished. This story is so layered, so deep, and so.... true! I've heard this story before. I've lived through it! I bow down the Barnhill's genius again. What an incredible book.

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The story was just too slow and boring to finish. The slow reading pace did not help.

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A fairytale for our time

Full of worthy lessons about empathy, kindness, and community.
But also about deception, manipulation, and listening.

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This book goes on my favorite books list! It is like a hug made of words