When I started reading The City of Orphans, the writing style sort of bothered me because it was really conversational; but as I read further into the book it became quite a page-turner. I don’t really like mysteries, which I had first thought this was; but it’s more like an adventure story with an ending that loops up to the beginning. This book seemed similar but not at all the same as the other books that Avi has written, and it reminds me of The Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. The City of Orphans seems directed to a much younger audience. I would definitely recommend this book to young readers who enjoy historical fiction, bravery, struggle and success.