Orphans and Poor Children

8 Jan

Every year, I have the kids in my reading and/or writing group participate in the Library of Congress’Letters About Literature contest. The kids write letters to an author telling how a favorite book impacted their life. The letters are often poignant, but this year I had one that made me burst out laughing. The author, a girl, was writing to Elvira Woodruff to tell her how  The Christmas Doll changed her life. In the letter, the author tells Woodruff that use had long wanted to be a poor orphan, but The Christmas Doll cured her because their life was so difficult. The author reads a lot. Mostly books about poor orphans it seems. I read a lot about going to boarding school when I was in school and & wanted to go myself, so I totally understand her desire to be like the characters she reads about.

A few weeks after reading this letter a colleague asked me why there were so many books about orphans or that have a character who dies. She has a sensitive niece and they were trying to find a book that wouldn’t upset her too much.

I’m reading Rooftoppers  by Katherine Rundell right now. Orphans & poor children.

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It is a very good read, but reminded me of a number of other books, especially a few written by Eva Ibbotson.

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I just read The Great Trouble by Deborah Hopkinson  and  The Real Boy by Anne Ursu. Orphans & poor children are there, too.

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So, I wonder, what are your favorite books with orphans and poor children?

4 Responses to “Orphans and Poor Children”

  1. Mary Cronk Farrell January 13, 2014 at 5:59 pm #

    Same when I was a kid–lots of books about poor orphans. I liked to read all kinds of books, but did go through my stage of make-believe where I was a poor orphan girl living in an attic. A very put-upon orphan girl, too. 🙂

  2. Anonymous January 16, 2014 at 10:57 pm #

    Best orphan book I’ve ever read is SEA CHEST by Toni Buzzeo. Beautiful story with a bit of a mystery to solve.

    • Adrienne January 17, 2014 at 5:14 am #

      I don;t know that one, but will look for it. Thanks!

    • Mary Cronk Farrell January 17, 2014 at 8:13 am #

      Will have to look for it! Thanks.

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