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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Fields of Gold Publishing (12 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984803440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984803446
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Amy Neftzger (born June 23) is an American researcher and author who has published fiction books, non-fiction books, business articles, and peer review research. Her works have reached an international audience.

Amy was born in Illinois and graduated from Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. She received her bachelors degree from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida and her Masters in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She graduated from both Universities with honors.

She has written numerous business and journal articles, but her fiction works have been the most commercially successful. In 2003 she published Conversations with the Moon, which was also translated into Korean and published in South Korea. In 2005 she collaborated with her husband, guitarist Tyra Neftzger on a children's book called "All that the Dog Ever Wanted." The book was designed to introduce children to jazz music at an early age and included a CD sampler of jazz tunes. In 2007 she worked as an editor on a business fable called "The Damned Company." She has two additional books slated for release in late 2011.

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“The Orphanage of Miracles” is divided into two narratives that you know will merge into one.

The first storyline involves Nicholas, the protagonist, Maggie and Jovan in the Orphanage. How they came to be there is a mystery to them. They are under the tutelage of the kindly Taro, with the instructions to manufacture miracles to help the King to win the war against a sorcerer. The children are in puzzlement as they are given no rules or instructions on miracle-making, and no one has made a miracle. However, the garden they glimpse outside the Orphanage is crammed to the full with miracles, like singing fireflies and a never-ending autumn.

Hovering at the helm of the orphanage are the mysterious and rarely-seen Mr. and Mrs. Pontiff. The only semblance to the real pontiff that I could see is their belief in miracles, that they run an ancient structure and their being almost invisible to the common person. Otherwise, this is not a religious or Catholic book. The miracles are those that probably most children the world over believe are possible.

The second strand involves Kelsey, an irrepressible young lady, who leaves her parents to cure her village of its dire poverty. In search of a miracle and sources of food, Kelsey leaves the security of her parents’ village with a few dollars and no one to protect her if the wolves happen to pounce on her. This thread is a traditional quest story and we follow Kelsey along a variety of landscapes: a desert, the sea, and so on.

There is an amusing and perceptive scene early in Kelsey’s adventures where she enters a Memory shop. Instead of buying a happy memory as most people would, Kelsey happens upon jars with bad memories.
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very thought provoking book
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A great middle-grade fantasy 26 Sept. 2013
By GlendaG - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
The Orphanage of Miracles is located within an enchanted forest where the seasons never change and outsiders are not allowed in. The miracles are locked in a garden where they are protected and safe. Nicholas, Jovan, and Maggie are three orphans living at the orphanage and they are given the job of making miracles. The problem is they don't know how and it seems nobody there can tell them how to go about it. When Nicholas accidentally creates a potential miracle, everything changes.
Kelsey has left her family in search of a miracle and the orphanage might just be her answer. On her journey she is joined by a silent boy, a snow leopard and a fox. As the story alternates between Nicholas and Kelsey readers get a look at the struggles to make a miracle and Kelsey's journey to the orphanage. Will Kelsey find the miracle she is looking for?

This was a unique and interesting fantasy written for middle grade students. I really enjoyed reading the story and loved the lessons that were learned by some of the characters. Nicholas was my favorite. I loved his attitude and his willingness to share his success with his friends. Also he was a good friend--offering to nurse Maggie's sick plant back to life. The mute boy, the snow leopard and the fox were also interesting characters that offered good advice to Kelsey on their journey. The book reminded me of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at times.

I loved the cover and the illustrations that were scattered throughout the book added just the right touch. The only thing I didn't like is the story sets up for a sequel. I already have too many series that I need to finish.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Miracles Do Happen! 29 May 2013
By PattyLouise - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
The Orphanage Of Miracles
Amy Neftzger

My" in a nutshell" summary...

There seems to be an orphanage somewhere with the purpose of making miracles and Kelsey needs to find it.

My thoughts after reading this book...

Fantasy with a bit of humor is one of my favorite kinds of books ever...I simply love them!

Children who come to this "Orphanage Of Miracles" are tasked to find miracles. There are different ways to find miracles...and Maggie, Jovan and Nicholas are supposed to make some! So far...they have not been successful! They have tried to net miracles...without success...and now...they are armed with brand new lab coats...with pockets...and they are determined to find them some miracles!

The children also have to each care for their own long as the plant stays alive...they are ok...if the plant dies...they sort of disappear.

So...the book alternates with stories of the orphanage and Kelsey's quest to get to the orphanage. The journey and the orphanage are connected and we find out why at the end. Of course I will not tell you what know that it is a lovely often funny heart warming tale. You will love it!

What I loved about this book...

I loved the little boy named Silence...and I loved the tiger and the fox! And the King...I loved him!

What I did not love...

Ooh...I did not love the tricky wind...nor was I overly fond of the the Pontiff's...they ran the Orphanage.

Final thoughts...

This was a heart warming fantasy...I loved it! It should be officially declared a must read!

I received my copy from the publisher via NetGalley via Amazon and onto my Kindle!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A great story with lessons to learn! 8 July 2013
By A. Harris - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This was a great story! Nicholas, Jovan and Maggie all live in the Orphanage of Miracles which is surrounded by an enchanted forest. There is a garden there where the miracles are locked up to protect them. They have been through several jobs trying to make miracles and have not been successful. Now they have been assigned to the lab to try to make miracles, but not on Mondays because miracles don't happen on Mondays. All the orphans have a plant and they must care for it because if the plant dies then they seem to disappear also. Kelsey is on a journey to find a miracle to help her family. Along the way she is saved by a boy that can't or just doesn't speak. She calls him Silence and they begin a journey to the orphanage together. Along the way they will encounter a leopard named Megan who is a healer and her friend Roland the fox who is....death! These characters will come together at the end with a few surprises! I don't want to give away too much of the story as it would contain spoilers.

I read this book over the weekend and really enjoyed it. The author did a great job on the separate story lines as well as bringing them together at the end. My favorite characters were Nicholas and Roland. There was just something about the fox that I liked. I enjoyed watching Kelsey grow and learn about herself along the journey. There were a lot of life lessons throughout the story. Very descriptive and the illustrations were terrific also. I will be on the lookout for the next book in this series so I can see what becomes of these characters.

I received this book free through LibraryThing Early Reviewers in exchange for an honest review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Magical Journey 26 Oct. 2013
By Caren - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Leopards and foxes and kings, oh my. This magical adventure in, to quote the author, “The Land of Make Believe,” is very well done. It is books like this that gave me my love of reading as a child. It engages the imagination from start to finish.

I loved the characters in this book. The girls are strong and brave and the boys are kind and compassionate. They are interesting, curious, and generally likeable. The lessons they learn during the story are clearly relevant to their lives.

The book is made up of two separate stories that merge in the end. It alternates between the two but the common thread is evident all the way through. The end sets up nicely for the sequel, which is not yet released.

I would definitely recommend this book to the targeted age group as well as to adults as a fun and engaging read. Kudos to Cory Basil for a fabulous cover and illustrations. Although I usually try not to compare authors, I have to say that Amy Neftzger’s writing reminds me a lot of Neil Gaiman, who happens to be one of my favorite authors. I am planning to read, not only the sequel to this book, but other works of this author.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
​​A serious quest with a silly journey to a place made for miracles 31 July 2013
By Tabitha @ Not Yet Read - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Orphanage of Miracles was a zaney read that kids will enjoy. It was full of nonsensical things that of course made complete sense!

"Everyone knew that the orphanage had an enchanted forest on one side, but no one seemed to know exactly on which side it was located. Every time someone identified where it was, it seemed as if that part of the forest moved somewhere else." - pg 2

The description aptly tells you everything you can expect down to the key characters. It is a story however, mostly told from two perspectives: that of Nicholas (a boy who lives and works in the Orphanage of Miracles) and Kelsey (a girl in search of a miracle). I expected a very traditional high fantasy setting but instead it was this strange mix of modern and fantasy. The land is magical and things are strange but then there are frequently references to things from our world. There were a few times where I was like "that is so spot on" - for instance:

"It's a Monday. We all know that there are no miracles on Mondays." - pg 5
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