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The year: 1943. The place: Manhattan. Linus Muller works at the family grocery store in the east 70s. When his oldest brother, Albie, leaves to fight in World War II, Linus takes over the grocery deliveries. One of his customers is an artist from somewhere in Europe who arranges to have a crate of oranges delivered every other week. Over the course of these deliveries, an intimacy develops between Linus and the man, whom he knows only by the name he gives him, Mister Orange. In the peacefulness of Mister Orange's spare kitchen, they discuss the war, the future, freedom and imagination. Through these conversations, Linus begins to grow up as he wrestles with the realities of war and the place of comic books, superheroes and the imagination in human life.
|Publisher:||Enchanted Lion Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||9 - 12 Years|
About the Author
As a child Truus Matti thought that everybody wanted to become a writer just like her. It made her wonder who would read all of the books that were written. Being a practical person, she decided it made more sense to read books than to write them, so she made reading her profession by becoming an editor. That kept her so busy she more or less forgot about wanting to write.
Later on, she decided to go to art school, where she drew and made movies. But then words began to find their way into her visual work until there were only words left. Having given herself a message, Truus decided it was time to write.
Mister Orange is Truus’s second novel. Her first, Departure Time, was a 2011 Batchelder Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book of 2011.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In this novel, Truus Matti explores the history of World War II and the life and artwork of Piet Mondrian. Through these aspects, he is able to create a novel about the life of a young boy and his outlook on the world. Throughout this coming-of-age story, the reader explores the world of Linus Muller, a young boy whose brother was recently shipped off to fight the Nazi's. With his big brother leaving to fight, Linus is forced to fill his shoes. As Linus begins to take on his roles, he meets a man with an unusual name. Due to the large shipment of oranges the man receives, he decides to call him Mister Orange. Mister Orange opens his eyes up to new possibilities through art and gives him a different perspective on the world. When looking through his older brother's sketch book, Linus discovers an imaginary super hero that he begins to see and talk to. After receiving letters from his brother about the cruelty of war, he questions his values. With the help of Mister Orange, Linus is able to work through the changes going on in the world and to find a balance. I believe many children would enjoy reading this book, because the characters are very relatable. I would recommend this books for grades seventh through tenth, especially those who enjoy art and comics! My personal favorite part of the novel was how the author intertwined history and art and based the novel off of real people and events. This book was very enticing and enjoyable! Review By Grace P., Age 14, Mensa 76
This book is quite unusual in the fact that it was originally written in Europe and then it was translated into English and published here. What makes it unusual is that the setting of the book is the US. Usually, with international books, the setting is outside of the US. This was a nice book and gives a different viewpoint of life in NYC during WWII.