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Listed: Charming Orphans

I’ve been thinking about what I can do at my blog to actually post more regularly and have been tossing around a few ideas, including character profiles, character interviews and author bios… but I do have a bit of an obsession over lists, so the idea of a weekly list has completely won out. I plan on having this posted every Monday, hopefully, and it will list, basically anything that I want them to in relation to books.

For my first list, I wanted to share ten charming orphans. I have a major soft spot for books about orphans. They are usually the ones that I enjoy the most, and usually I will end up in tears at least once in the book. This is (by no means) a definitive list – there are many other charming ones (but a list solely about L.M. Montgomery’s orphans would miss out on a whole lot of others)… and I’ve also not included kids who were believed to be orphans, but then at the end their parents show up (such as Sara Crewe from A Little Princess). And I’ve also only listed the first book that these orphans appear in.

  1. Anne Shirley. From L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. Published 1908.
  2. Teresa ‘Tess’ Hatch. From Catherine Webb’s The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle. Published 2006.
  3. Harry Potter. From J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Published 1997.
  4. Rossamünd Bookchild. From D.M. Cornish’s Foundling. Published 2006.
  5. Mary Lennox. From Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden. Published 1911.
  6. Locke Lamora. From Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora. Published 2006.
  7. Patty. From Louisa May Alcott’s The Quiet Little Woman. (This is my ALL TIME favourite Christmas story!) I don’t know when it was first published.
  8. Caspian X. From C.S. Lewis’ Prince Caspian. Published 1951.
  9. Jane Eyre. From Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. Published 1847.
  10. Sophie Hatter. From Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle. Published 1986.

Who are your favourite orphans?

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 4:42 pm June 15, 2009.
Category: Listed

  • Nymeth

    That’s an excellent list! A few more I like: Tom Sawyer, and Todd Hewitt from The Knife of Never Letting Go.

  • Court

    Nymeth – Tom Sawyer was definitely a contender for the list – as were a few Roald Dahl characters and the main kid from Mysterious Benedict Society. :) As for Todd from The Knife of Never Letting Go…. I haven’t read it yet, but saw read your review on your blog earlier today, and it sounds good!

  • Katie

    This is a great idea and a great list! I look forward to more!

    I was trying to decide who was my favorite… Jane Eyre or Anne Shirley? I might have to do some re-reading to figure it out.

  • Lisa

    Great post!

  • Aarti

    Thanks so much for discovering (and liking!) my blog. I like yours, too! I love that you have books AND recipes on it. As I love eating and reading, this really appeals to me :-)

    I will definitely keep you up-to-date on Rosie’s Riveters. I will try to post the first one (I figure I should at least write the first of them!) this coming week, and then get the ball rolling for everyone else.