The Unadoptables by Hana Tooke (2020)
At a time of year when families and friends traditionally come together, join this extraordinary family in a fairytale full of villains, puppets, and pirates. In 1886, five babies are abandoned at the Little Tulip Orphanage in Amsterdam in the most unusual circumstances, including a tin toolbox and picnic hamper. Although the matron may think Lotta, Egbert, Fenna, Sem, and Milou are “unadoptable”, they soon learn that it’s their individuality that makes them special. When a nasty gentleman tries to separate them, it’s time to flee the orphanage and set off on the most thrilling adventure.