The Ogress and the Orphans

by Kelly Barnhill is a fairy tale about what happens when a cozy village falls on hard times and the sense of friendship, love, and community that redeems it. It all started to go wrong for the magical village of Stone-in-the-Glen when a fire consumed their beloved library. Soon, fires and floods overwhelmed the town, fraying the social fabric and turning people against each other. To make matters worse, a new Mayor famous for his dragon-slaying exploits comes to town with big promises to fix everything, but something seems not quite right about him. Then, when orphans start to go missing from Stone-in-the-Glen, everyone blames the local Ogress, an easy target, who is actually the town’s secret benefactor. Can the other orphans convince the town that the Ogress is innocent and save their community?  (Chapter Books)