What are the best books about orphans?

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    #1Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre is a novel by Charlotte Brontë that tells the story of Jane Eyre who is left under the care of cruel guardians as a young girl, and then goes to Thornfield Hall to work as a governess, under a harsh employer.


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    Bryan Sanchez
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "So I'm an orphan and I wanted to find the best books about orphans so I could feel miserable about myself with a book. I ended up finding Jane Eyre and it was a great book I feel so sad and almost happy, I'm okay with my life."
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    #2The Secret Garden

    The Secret Garden

    The Secret Garden is a novel about Mary Lennox, a spoiled and alone child who is sent to his grieving uncle after her parent's death. She found out about that there is a forgotten garden there and she visited it to know its mysteries.


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    Keith Howard
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is a great book. I really enjoyed this book and I thought the main character was very interesting. The book really sucks you in and you want to find out what happens next. The book is a great read for travel, or for when you have some free time."
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    #3Pippi Longstocking

    Pippi Longstocking
    Pippi Longstocking is a children's book by the Swedish writer Asterid Lingren. It tells the adventurous story of the titular Pippi, a nine-year-old girl with freckles, red hair in pigtails, and superhuman strength.

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    Mildred Bailey
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I have been reading this classic story with my 8-year-old daughter. We read a chapter each evening at bedtime. We love this story about an orphan girl who is independent, strong, and absolutely hilarious. If you like Annie you will love Pippi!"
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    #4Pictures of Hollis Woods

    Pictures of Hollis Woods

    Pictures of Hollis Woods is a fictional young adult novel written by Patricia Reilly Giff. This fictional young adult novel was published on May 1, 2004 by Scholastic.


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    David Burns
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "My niece loves books about orphans, and a casual search turned up 'Picture of Hollis Woods' by Patricia Reilly Giff. It was easy to find at my local bookstore, so I bought it, and my niece accepted it gratefully. She said it was pretty good when I asked her about it later, so I'd say that's a decent recommendation."
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    #5The Boxcar Children

    The Boxcar Children

    The Boxcar Children, ideal for grade 2-6 readers, is about the four orphans who start to make a home in a boxcar just to stay together. In their adventure, they meet their grandfather.


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    Steven Bell
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "I remember reading The Boxcar Children as a kid and really enjoying it. I don't remember a lot about it, but I think some of the orphans out there could probably relate to their heroic antics."
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    #6The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

    The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

    The Bad Beginning is the first book in A Series of Unfortunate Events series written by Lemony Snicket first published in 1999. It is about the misadventures of three Baudelaire siblings. 


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    Roger Woods
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "An engaging and enjoyable series, it's weird, entertaining and a lot of fun. A wonderfully imaginative tale that as a series, gets better with every book. It's filled with surprises and lots of freaky imagery. "
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    #7Ella Enchanted

    Ella Enchanted

    Cinderella is forced to obey every order because of a 'gift' from her fairy godmother. In Ella Enchanted, Gail Levine's 1997 Newberry winning rendition of the Cinderella story, Cinderella goes on a journey to free herself from the curse forever.


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    #8Maniac Magee

    Maniac Magee

    Maniac Magee is a juvenile fiction book by Jerry Spinelli. It was originally published in 1990, and it won the Newbery Medal in 1991. It tells the story of an orphan, Jeffrey Lionel Magee, who became a legend in their small town.


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    José Guadalupe Galván
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This is exactly the sort of novel I'm looking for here. The main character is an orphan, and the novel itself is an award winner, and massively popular. User reviews highly recommend this book as well, so this is likely a great choice for anyone looking for this sort of story, particularly those looking for a more mature book for young adult readers."
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    #9Anne of Green Gables

    Anne of Green Gables

    Anne of Green Gables is about two old siblings who are still unmarried. They are too old to handle their farm so they decide to adopt a girl that shocked the whole town. The girl has imaginary friends and will encounter problems growing up.


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    Nathan Dunn
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is a classic book that typically attracts female readers but I stumbled on a copy and ended up reading it. I enjoyed it but felt the author took way too much time describing everything in minute detail. "
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    #10Perdita, the Lost One

    Perdita, the Lost One

    Perdita, the Lost One is a fiction novel written by E.R. Warner. This book is about the life of an orphan Estelle which is set in the Carribean. It is published in 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform. 


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    Timothy Dixon
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "A fictional story about an orphan. Some adventures and some pressing times for sure. Enough going on to keep you interested."
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    #11The Great Unexpected

    The Great Unexpected

    The Great Unexpected is a juvenile fiction novel by Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech. It was first published by HarperCollins in 2012, and it tells the two story of the friendship between two orphans and two sisters.


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    Henry Roberts
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This book seemed to perform well at capturing some of the severe emotional trauma that can come with being an orphan. I liked how the plot was set up - the relationships and connections between some of the characters were not obvious at first, but became more clear as the story went on. It shows how we are all connected in different ways, even if we don't understand how, which seems to be a positive theme to focus on. This book was a little depressing at times, but, considering it focused on some orphans, this was perhaps not so unexpected. I'd give it some consideration if you want a book on this theme."
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    #12Oliver Twist

    Oliver Twist
    Oliver Twist, or The Parish Boy's Progress, is a novel by Charles Dickens. It tells the story of the orphan Oliver Twist, and is notable for its unromantic portrayal of criminals and their sordid lives, as well as for exposing the cruel treatment of the many orphans in London in the mid-19th century.

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    Maria Walker
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "One of my favorite Christmas stories. So real and gritty yet tender and moving. For anyone that wants a closer look into the classic movie A Christmas Carol this is a must read."
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    #13Orphan Train

    Orphan Train

    Orphan Train tells the story of two people who are different and yet the same: Vivian is a 91-year old Irish immigrant and Molly is an 18-year-old Penobscot Indian. Both orphaned at a young age, the two of them set out on to discover the truth about who they really are.


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    Jaime Valdez
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "This New York Times bestseller is very touching tale of unlikely people forging a real bond. Past trauma becomes the foundation for future friendship. It is useful as social commentary/history lesson, but the real force of the book comes from how the author brings the characters to life. "
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    #14Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is the first book in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. It welcomed the readers to Harry's magical world and his discovery of his true self where adventure and danger await him as he entered Hogwarts. 


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    Mark Schmidt
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "At this point, is there a better known book about an orphan who saves the day than this? This is the first in a long series of wonderful books. They're one of the most popular ever written for a reason. Just endless fun and adventure, with great characters and great plots."
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    Heidi is a classic novel about a young girl who lives with her grandfather in the Swiss Alps. She is a playful and contented girl, and just like any kids, she experiences typical struggles that she learns how to overcome. 


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    César Caballero
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Heidi seemed to be a decent book. However, since she lived with her grandfather, I'm not sure it was exactly the best book to read about orphans. I might look for a better book to teach my class more about it."


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