Mister Orange

Truus Matti (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$16.95  $15.59
Publisher
Enchanted Lion Books
Publish Date
January 29, 2013
Pages
159
Dimensions
5.7 X 0.6 X 8.6 inches | 0.85 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781592701230

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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.

Reviews

Winner of the 2014 Mildred L. Batchelder Award

"Served well by Watkinson's graceful translation, Matti draws an exceptionally sensitive portrait of introspective Linus and his understanding of what war is and what it does to its victims, as Albie's letters home grow increasingly sober. She avoids the temptation to pump up the story's action with gratuitous violence; the events of the book are low-key enough that the focus stays on Linus. It's a quiet novel, but a deeply touching one." -- Publishers Weekly

"...Matti offers a compact middle-grade novel that is involving and informative. Written with clarity and simplicity, this accessible book features deftly drawn characters and a nuanced view of family life on the American home front, as well as insights into Mondrian's personality and paintings. An original." -- STARRED REVIEW, Booklist

"A young boy discovers the power of art during wartime in Matti's second novel. [...] A poignant story of art, growth, and loss." -- Kirkus Reviews

"I would highly recommend this book because it is very well written dealing with real life issued in a positive way -- great for ages 9 and up." -- Region XI Librarian's Review Committee, Ft. Worth, Texas

"This is a top-notch historical novel." -- The Fourth Musketeer Blog

"This gently paced coming-of-age story effectively captures the period details of Linus' neighborhood during the war, especially the strong pull of a close, hard-working family and the fear they share for Albie's safety mingled with pride over his service. Linus' artist friend, who turns out to be Piet Mondrian, rounds out the emotional landscape with his unbridled optimism about a glorious future after the war, a future of light and color and progress that he knows he will never see, but that he hopes his work will help bring about. His talks with Linus elicit the pull of hope that Linus needs to help him sort through his feelings about the war and growing up; both the vagueness and the tenor of his emotions are spot on for Linus's age and situation. While this isn't action-packed, it will appeal to artistic, imaginative souls who nurture their own superhero fantasies and believe in the power of art to see them through uncertain times." -- The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books, May, 2013

"...this Dutch import by the author of Departure Time presents a fresh and immediate portrait of the time and place." -- The Horn Book Review

Winner of the 2014 Mildred L. Batchelder Award

"Served well by Watkinson's graceful translation, Matti draws an exceptionally sensitive portrait of introspective Linus and his understanding of what war is and what it does to its victims, as Albie's letters home grow increasingly sober. She avoids the temptation to pump up the story's action with gratuitous violence; the events of the book are low-key enough that the focus stays on Linus. It's a quiet novel, but a deeply touching one." -- Publishers Weekly

"...Matti offers a compact middle-grade novel that is involving and informative. Written with clarity and simplicity, this accessible book features deftly drawn characters and a nuanced view of family life on the American home front, as well as insights into Mondrian's personality and paintings. An original." -- STARRED REVIEW, Booklist

"A young boy discovers the power of art during wartime in Matti's second novel. [...] A poignant story of art, growth, and loss." -- Kirkus Reviews

"I would highly recommend this book because it is very well written dealing with real life issued in a positive way -- great for ages 9 and up." -- Region XI Librarian's Review Committee, Ft. Worth, Texas

"This is a top-notch historical novel." -- The Fourth Musketeer Blog

"This gently paced coming-of-age story effectively captures the period details of Linus' neighborhood during the war, especially the strong pull of a close, hard-working family and the fear they share for Albie's safety mingled with pride over his service. Linus' artist friend, who turns out to be Piet Mondrian, rounds out the emotional landscape with his unbridled optimism about a glorious future after the war, a future of light and color and progress that he knows he will never see, but that he hopes his work will help bring about. His talks with Linus elicit the pull of hope that Linus needs to help him sort through his feelings about the war and growing up; both the vagueness and the tenor of his emotions are spot on for Linus's age and situation. While this isn't action-packed, it will appeal to artistic, imaginative souls who nurture their own superhero fantasies and believe in the power of art to see them through uncertain times." -- The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books, May, 2013

"...this Dutch import by the author of Departure Time presents a fresh and immediate portrait of the time and place." -- The Horn Book Review