Books About Orphans (But They’re Not All Sad, We Promise!)

September 14th, 2010 by

Mystery-solving siblings. A red-headed spitfire. A government secret agent. And a girl with a magical connection to the sea. These are just some of the characters in these books about orphans, who manage to overcome the odds and have amazing stories to show for it. Here are their adventures (in no particular order):

  1. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (Karen’s pick)
  2. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (Nancy’s pick)
  3. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
  4. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  5. Dave at Night by Gail Carson Levine
  6. Rodzina by Karen Cushman
  7. The Mysterious Benedict Society books by Trenton Lee Stewart
  8. Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan
  9. The BFG by Roald Dahl
  10. The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  11. Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  12. The 39 Clues series by various authors
  13. The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley
  14. Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz
  15. Crispin: Cross of Lead by Avi
  16. A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
  17. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  18. The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
  19. The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick
  20. The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

(And here’s a printable version of our Orphans booklist, for you to take to the library or bookstore.)

If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review. Or send in a review of your favorite book about an orphan.We’ll feature the best kid-submitted reviews in our next podcast!

UPDATE 9/29/10: We revealed the answer to our Orphan Mystery Book Theater in the “Hard-Knock Life” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in if you want to hear Karen’s new nickname. That she gave to herself.

2 Responses

  • Jenna writes:
    September 14th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    This is a good catogory to do. Some of these books are popular, and some of them I’ve never even heard. You picked good books for this theme.

    • Karen from Kidsmomo writes:
      September 14th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

      Thanks, Jenna! We hope you’ll submit reviews for your favorites! 🙂

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