My fascination with orphans in books is somewhat related to my fascination with boarding schools— basically, no parents around. Not that I don’t love my parents, and not that I don’t think being without them would be horrible, but orphans in books almost always have great adventures that kids with parents never seem to having, and that’s what I was jealous of when I was younger. (Plus they almost always get families/new parents anyway, so it’s fine. It’s FINE.)
Here’s some of my favorite books with orphans:
- Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgie Byng (2002).
- Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild (1936).
- A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (1999-2006).
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911).
- The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (1997-2007).
- The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart ().
- The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner (1924-today).
- James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (1961). Also The BFG (1982)!
- The Pellinor series by Allison Croggon (2003-2008).
Do you like books with orphans?