What are the best fiction books for adults with a child protagonist?

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    #1The Kite Runner

    The Kite Runner
    The Kite Runner is a novel by Khaled Hosseini that tells the story of Amir and his childhood friend Hassan, the son of his father's servant, against the backdrop of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
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    Yu Ma
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Kite runner is a classic. There isn't much tot be said that hasn't been said 1,000,000 times already. A definite must read, as long as you aren't feint of heart. Truly something that cannot be understated or overestimated. "
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    #2To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.
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    Peter Schultz
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This solution is inadequate. While it provides the author as well as a brief summary of the plot, it fails to mention that the book has a child protagonist. It also does not mention the intended reading level."
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    #3It

    It

    It is a thriller book written by Stephen King which tells the story of seven adults who return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled on as teenagers.

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    Richard Collins
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "IT will forever be one of the best films and book from Stephen King. It's definitely a book for mature readers as some very questionable things happen in the novel that makes you say "What the heck" as you get further into the book. This is a book you will read repeatedly."
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    #4Little Women

    Little Women

    Little Women is a coming-of-age fiction novel written by Louisa May Alcott. This book follows the story of four teenage sisters living with their mother. The two volumes were consecutively released in 1868 and 1869.

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    Anthony Contreras
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "So i honestly think that this book does not do this question justice. i would say a better Fiction novel with a child protagonist would have to be ERAGON, not only is it set in a beautiful descriptive land, it is well written and more modern much more captivating in the end "
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    #5All the Light We Cannot See

    All the Light We Cannot See
    All The Light We Cannot See is a vividly-written story about Marie Laure, a blind French girl, and Werner, a German boy in the Nazi army. Winner of a 2015 Pulitzer Prize, it shows that there can still be beauty amidst the tragedy of war.
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    Adam Peters
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "If your like me and you like reading book where the protagonist is a child, you should definitely check out "All the Light We Cannot See". This is an amazing story is about a French girl and German boy and their friendship during WWII. Through the contrast of the tragedies of war and the beauty of love and friendship, this story is not one to be missed!"
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    #6The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter.
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    Angela Kelly
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I have loved this book since I first read it."
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    #7Room

    Room

    Room is a novel written by Emma Donoghue which tells the story of a 5-year-old boy named Jack who gets to live in a room he considers the world. 

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    George Morgan
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Great book! I immediately liked the idea and thats what drew me into reading it and it delivered. I must warn people though that this is not for the feint of heart and should only be read knowing beforehand that it deals with a terrible situation for a child."
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    #8Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies is classic fiction written by William Golding published first in 1954 which is about a group of English schoolboys who survived a plane crash and got stranded on an uninhabited island.

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    Michael Garrett
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Lord of the Flies is a timeless classic about schoolboys that got stranded on an island. The character development is the best thing about this book because the protagonist becomes an incredibly strong individual."
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    #9A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a classic coming-of-age book by Betty Smith that tells the story of a girl named Francie Nolan and her poverty-stricken family as they struggle to survive in early 20th century Brooklyn, New York.
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    Kevin Hudson
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This is a touching book following young protagonist Francie and her struggles with poverty. This quickly became one of my favorite books and will captivate all audiences."
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    #10Let the Right One in

    Let the Right One in

    It recounts the unimaginable events in Blackberg such as the teenage boy who got murdered. Meanwhile, a twelve-year-old victim of bullying named Oskar hopes for revenge but also becomes bothered by a strange girl next door who only comes out at night.

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    Olivia Salazar
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Let Me IN is a great example of a book that is written for adults but has a younger protagonist. The main character is a 12 year old boy having to go through the trials of growing up and the murder of one of his childhood bullies."
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    #11Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer tells the story of nine-year-old Oskar Schell. When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father's closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, and on an inward journey which brings him ever closer to some kind of peace.
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    Angel Sengupta
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The book has an interesting story of a boy searching for clues about a key, the boy moves around New York looking for clues. I liked the idea of the story, but I found that the book was a fairly challenging one to read. The writing style made it hard to follow the story. I found the story to be more frustrating than it was worth reading. Although, if you are into mystery novels, you will probably enjoy reading this more than I did. "
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    #12The Reader

    The Reader
    An exceptional novel by Bernhard Schlink about betrayal, guilt and the memory of the Holocaust. This is the story of the adolescent Michael Berg, rescued by Hanna. Both embark on a clandestine affair leading Michel in euphoric and confused times.

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    Joe Weber
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This a good book if you like stories about Jews and Nazis. The lead character is a child which is sort of unusual but makes a great story anyway. I could barely put it down once I started reading it."
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    #13The Glass Castle

    The Glass Castle
    The Glass Castle is Jeanette Walls' best-selling memoir about her poverty-stricken family, which is a balanced story of despair, happiness, love, and loyalty. This novel spent seven years in NYT's bestsellers list and was adapted into a major motion picture.
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    Micaela Suárez
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Now a motion picture, this novel shows how a family endures broken promises and neglect at the hands of their alcoholic father. A great read for all, it is very captivating to see the story thru the eyes of a child. "
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    #14The Secret Life of Bees

    The Secret Life of Bees

    The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd depicts loss and betrayal. This book was a New York Times bestseller and has won the 2004 Book Sense Book of the Year Awards. In 2008, this novel was turned into a movie.

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    Jerry Huang
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I just finished reading this book. It was very fascinating. "
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    #15Girl with a Pearl Earring

    Girl with a Pearl Earring

    Girl with a Pearl Earring is a historical novel fictionalizing the creation of Vermeer's painting of the same name. It tells the story of Griet, a maid in the Vermeer household, and how she came to be immortalized by the master of light.

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    James Harper
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is a national bestseller with over two million copies sold. It is very well written, and has been made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth."
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    #16Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey

    Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey
    I am now a condemned traitor . . . I am to die when I have hardly begun to live.

    Historical expertise marries page-turning fiction in Alison Weir’s enthralling debut novel, breathing new life into one of the most significant and tumultuous periods of the English monarchy. It is the story of Lady Jane Grey–“the Nine Days’ Queen”–a fifteen-year-old girl who unwittingly finds herself at the center of the religious and civil unrest that nearly toppled the fabled House of Tudor during the sixteenth century.

    The child of a scheming father and a ruthless mother, for whom she is merely a pawn in a dynastic game with the highest stakes, Jane Grey was born during the harrowingly turbulent period between Anne Boleyn’s beheading and the demise of Jane’s infamous great-uncle, King Henry VIII. With the premature passing of Jane’s adolescent cousin, and Henry’s successor, King Edward VI, comes a struggle for supremacy fueled by political machinations and lethal religious fervor.

    Unabashedly honest and exceptionally intelligent, Jane possesses a sound strength of character beyond her years that equips her to weather the vicious storm. And though she has no ambitions to rule, preferring to immerse herself in books and religious studies, she is forced to accept the crown, and by so doing sets off a firestorm of intrigue, betrayal, and tragedy.

    Alison Weir uses her unmatched skills as a historian to enliven the many dynamic characters of this majestic drama. Along with Lady Jane Grey, Weir vividly renders her devious parents; her much-loved nanny; the benevolent Queen Katherine Parr; Jane’s ambitious cousins; the Catholic “Bloody” Mary, who will stop at nothing to seize the throne; and the protestant and future queen Elizabeth. Readers venture inside royal drawing rooms and bedchambers to witness the power-grabbing that swirls around Lady Jane Grey from the day of her birth to her unbearably poignant death. Innocent Traitor paints a complete and compelling portrait of this captivating young woman, a faithful servant of God whose short reign and brief life would make her a legend.

    “An impressive debut. Weir shows skill at plotting and maintaining tension, and she is clearly going to be a major player in the . . . historical fiction game.”
    –The Independent

    “Alison Weir is one of our greatest popular historians. In her first work of fiction . . . Weir manages her heroine’s voice brilliantly, respecting the past’s distance while conjuring a dignified and fiercely modern spirit.”
    –London Daily Mail
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    Jennifer Andrews
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This is exactly what is presented on Amazon. This is great information about the book and I am interested enough after reading this to consider purchasing the product."
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    #17The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books)

    The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books)

    The Shadow of the Wind is a historical novel by Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Published in 2001, it is the first book in The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. It tells the story of Daniel, the son of an antiquarian book dealer.

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    Jonathan Simmons
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I generally love reading young adult fiction. However, lately, I have been getting into reading books that are meant for adults that have a child protagonist in them. The best book I have read so far that covers this topic is the The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. "
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    #18Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)

    Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
    Ender's Game is the first book in The Ender Quintet series by Orson Scott Card which has won the Hugo and Nebula awards. This science fiction novel centers on Ender being trained in military and combat to prepare against an alien attack. 
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    Kathleen Vasquez
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I really love this book. I found it in my husband's stash and decided to give it a read without him knowing. I found the boy in there very interesting and provoking. I never even saw the end coming it was so thrilling. The story was well written and the characters very likable. "
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    #19Chronicle in Stone

    Chronicle in Stone
    Chronicle in Stone authored by Ismail Kadare is a historical fiction and war-themed book that was published on July 11, 2007 by Arcade Publishing. It follows the story of a boy's sufferings under war.
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    Sean Murray
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I was extremely reluctant to read this because the topic of a young boy suffering under the rampages of war sounds so sad and depressing. I was wrong. While it's still about a boy in a time of war, it ramps up gradually to a strong tale about hope and perseverance during a time when all odds are against you."
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    #20The Island of Worthy Boys

    The Island of Worthy Boys

    The Island of Worthy Boys is a historical fiction novel written by Connie Hertzberg Mayo. This historical fiction novel was published on October 13, 2015 by She Writes Press.

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    Roy Webb
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "a look at life from different eyes"
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    #21Earthly Possessions

    Earthly Possessions

    Earthly Possessions is a children's literature novel written by award-winning author, Anne Tyler. This fiction book was originally published in 1977 by Knopf. It has a film adaptation released in 1999. 

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    Sean Howard
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Earthly Possessions by Anne Tyler is a brilliantly written book. The characters in this book were so well developed it seemed like I actually knew them. The protagonist in this book is a woman who is kidnapped during a bank robbery so the main character is not a child. Other than that this is a great book."

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Best What are the best fiction books for adults with a child protagonist
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Kite RunnerBooks 53 Paid
2To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 48 Paid
3ItBooks 47 Paid
4Little WomenBooks 44 Paid
5All the Light We Cannot SeeBooks 43 Paid
6The Book ThiefBooks 39 Paid
7RoomBooks 38 Paid
8Lord of the FliesBooks 35 Paid
9A Tree Grows in BrooklynBooks 33 Paid
10Let the Right One inBooks 32 Paid
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