The Best Books About Or Featuring Orphans

“What are the best books about or featuring Orphans?” We looked at 333 of the top Orphan books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 35 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Orphan” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 275+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 35 Orphan Books



35 .) A Dog of Flanders written by Ouida

A Dog of Flanders

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Wikipedia

Marie Louise de la Ramée (1839-1908) wrote many popular novels of adventure and romance in the 1870s and 80s under the pen name of Ouida. She also produced a number of captivating stories for youngsters. One of the best, A Dog of Flanders,. First published in 1872, A Dog of Flanders tells the moving story of Nello, a gentle boy with aspirations of becoming a painter, and Patrasche — his devoted Belgian work dog. The two, along with Nello’s grandfather, live in a little village near Antwerp where Nello’s idol, the artist Rubens, once worked. Nello and Patrasche suffer countless hardships — poverty, hunger, cruelty, and rejection. But they persevere in the face of adversity, up to their tragic, bittersweet end. Rich in the sentiment of its Romantic tradition, yet convincing in its portrayal of both human and animal nature, this touching classic has tugged at the heartstrings of readers and listeners alike for generations. It remains one of the nineteenth century’s most imaginative and arresting works of fiction for children.



34 .) A Little Princess written by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Little Princess

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Wikipedia

Sara Crewe, an exceptionally intelligent and imaginative student at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies, is devastated when her adored, indulgent father dies. Now penniless and banished to a room in the attic, Sara is demeaned, abused, and forced to work as a servant. How this resourceful girl’s fortunes change again is at the center of A Little Princess, one of the best-loved stories in all of children’s literature. This unique and fully annotated edition appends excerpts from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s original 1888 novella Sara Crewe and the stage play that preceded the novel, as well as an early story, “Behind the White Brick,” allowing readers to see how A Little Princess evolved. In his delightful introduction, U. C. Knoepflmacher considers the fairy-tale allusions and literary touchstones that place the book among the major works of Victorian literature, and shows it to be an exceptionally rich and resonant novel.



33 .) Batman

Batman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Wikipedia

Collects the earliest adventures of Batman and Robin as they battle a variety of villains including the Monk and the Joker.



32 .) Bloody Jack (Bloody Jack, #1) written by L.A. Meyer

Bloody Jack (Bloody Jack, #1)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Wikipedia

Life as a ship’s boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of eighteenth-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas.



31 .) Charmed Life written by Diana Wynne Jones

Charmed Life

Lists It Appears On:

  • The Guardian
  • Wikipedia

Cat doesn’t mind living in the shadow of his sister, Gwendolen, the most promising young witch ever seen on Coven Street. But trouble starts brewing the moment the two orphans are summoned to live in Chrestomanci Castle. Frustrated that the witches of the castle refuse to acknowledge her talents, Gwendolen conjures up a scheme that could throw whole worlds out of whack.



30 .) Cinderella written by Charles Perrault

Cinderella

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • The Guardian



29 .) Daddy-Long-Legs (Daddy-Long-Legs, #1) written by Jean Webster

Daddy-Long-Legs (Daddy-Long-Legs, #1)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Wikipedia

When Jerusha Abbott, an eighteen-year-old girl living in an orphan asylum, was told that a mysterious millionaire had agreed to pay for her education, it was like a dream come true. For the first time in her life, she had someone she could pretend was “family.” But everything was not perfect, for he chose to remain anonymous and asked that she only write him concerning her progress in school. Who was this mysterious gentleman and would Jerusha ever meet him?



28 .) Dave At Night written by Gail Carson Levine

Dave At Night

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Wikipedia

When orphaned Dave is sent to the Hebrew Home for Boys and treated cruelly, he sneaks out at night and welcomed into the music- and culture-filled world of the Harlem Renaissance, where he discovers the power of friendship.



27 .) David Copperfield written by Charles Dickens

David Copperfield

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Wikipedia

David Copperfield is the story of a young man’s adventures on his journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among the gloriously vivid cast of characters he encounters are his tyrannical stepfather, Mr Murdstone; his brilliant, but ultimately unworthy school-friend James Steerforth; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble, yet treacherous Uriah Heep; frivolous, enchanting Dora Spenlow; and the magnificently impecunious Wilkins Micawber, one of literature’s great comic creations. In David Copperfield – the novel he described as his ‘favourite child’ – Dickens drew revealingly on his own experiences to create one of the most exuberant and enduringly popular works, filled with tragedy and comedy in equal measure. This edition uses the text of the first volume publication of 1850, and includes updated suggestions for further reading, original illustrations by ‘Phiz’, a revised chronology and expanded notes. In his new introduction, Jeremy Tambling discusses the novel’s autobiographical elements, and its central themes of memory and identity.



26 .) Eight Cousins (Eight Cousins, #1) written by Louisa May Alcott

Eight Cousins (Eight Cousins, #1)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Wikipedia

When Rose Campbell, a shy orphan, arrives at “The Aunt Hill” to live with her six aunts and seven boisterous male cousins, she is quite overwhelmed. How could such a delicate young lady, used to the quiet hallways of a girls’ boarding school, exist in such a spirited home? It is the arrival of Uncle Alec that changes everything. Much to the horror of her aunts, Rose’s forward-thinking uncle insists that the child get out of the parlor and into the sunshine. And with a little courage and lots of adventures with her mischievous but loving cousins, Rose begins to bloom.



25 .) Emily of New Moon (Emily, #1) written by L.M. Montgomery

Emily of New Moon (Emily, #1)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Wikipedia

Emily Starr never knew what it was to be lonely — until her beloved father died. Now Emily’s an orphan, and her mother’s snobbish relatives are taking her to live with them at New Moon Farm. She’s sure she won’t be happy. Emily deals with stiff, stern Aunt Elizabeth and her malicious classmates by holding her head high and using her quick wit. Things begin to change when she makes friends: with Teddy, who does marvelous drawings; with Perry, who’s sailed all over the world with his father yet has never been to school; and above all, with Ilse, a tomboy with a blazing temper. Amazingly, Emily finds New Moon beautiful and fascinating. With new friends and adventures, Emily might someday think of herself as Emily of New Moon.



24 .) Escape to Witch Mountain written by Alexander Key

Escape to Witch Mountain

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Wikipedia

Some terrifying experience has blocked Tony and Tia’s memory of the past. But because they have supernatural powers, they are sure that they come from another world–and that their people still exist somewhere. Then Tony and Tia find that they must escape from men who want to use their special powers for evil. They begin a desperate search to find their true home–which leads them to the strange and mysterious Witch Mountain.



23 .) Gathering Blue written by Lois Lowry

Gathering Blue

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Wikipedia

In her strongest work to date, Lois Lowry once again creates a mysterious but plausible future world. It is a society ruled by savagery and deceit that shuns and discards the weak. Left orphaned and physically flawed, young Kira faces a frightening, uncertain future. Blessed with an almost magical talent that keeps her alive, she struggles with ever broadening responsibilities in her quest for truth, discovering things that will change her life forever. As she did in The Giver, Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, and what will be considered valuable. Every reader will be taken by Kira’s plight and will long ponder her haunting world and the hope for the future.



22 .) James and the Giant Peach written by Roald Dahl

James and the Giant Peach

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Wikipedia

When James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree, strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it’s as big as a house. When James discovers a secret entranceway into the fruit and crawls inside, he meets wonderful new friends–the Old-Green-Grasshopper, the dainty Ladybug, and the Centipede of the multiple boots. After years of feeling like an outsider in his aunts’ house, James finally found a place where he belongs. With a snip of the stem, the peach household starts rolling away–and the adventure begins! Roald Dahl’s first and most widely celebrated book for young people continues to thrill readers around the world. “This is a stunning book to be cherished for its story, a superb fantasy.”–Chicago Tribune “A beautifully written, fantastic book.”–Christian Science Monitor



21 .) Maniac Magee written by Jerry Spinelli

Maniac Magee

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Wikipedia

Jeffrey Lionel “Maniac” Magee might have lived a normal life if a freak accident hadn’t made him an orphan. After living with his unhappy and uptight aunt and uncle for eight years, he decides to run–and not just run away, but run. This is where the myth of Maniac Magee begins, as he changes the lives of a racially divided small town with his amazing and legendary feats.



20 .) Milkweed written by Jerry Spinelli

Milkweed

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Wikipedia

He’s a boy called Jew. Gypsy. Stopthief. Runt. Happy. Fast. Filthy son of Abraham. He’s a boy who lives in the streets of Warsaw. He’s a boy who steals food for himself and the other orphans. He’s a boy who believes in bread, and mothers, and angels. He’s a boy who wants to be a Nazi some day, with tall shiny jackboots and a gleaming Eagle hat of his own. Until the day that suddenly makes him change his mind. And when the trains come to empty the Jews from the ghetto of the damned, he’s a boy who realizes it’s safest of all to be nobody. Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli takes us to one of the most devastating settings imaginable—Nazi-occupied Warsaw of World War II—and tells a tale of heartbreak, hope, and survival through the bright eyes of a young orphan. From the Hardcover edition.



19 .) Orphans of Chaos (Chronicles of Chaos, #1) written by John C. Wright

Orphans of Chaos (Chronicles of Chaos, #1)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Wikipedia

For Amelia and her friends, the strict English boarding school she lives in is all she has ever known. The sprawling estate, bordered by unknown territory on all four sides, is both orphanage, academy, and prison. The school has a large staff, but only five students, none of whom know what their real names are, or even how old they are.



18 .) Peter and the Starcatchers (Peter and the Starcatchers, #1) written by Dave Barry

Peter and the Starcatchers (Peter and the Starcatchers, #1)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Wikipedia

Orphan Peter and his mates are dispatched to an island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They set sail aboard the Never Land, a ship carrying a precious and mysterious cargo the “greatest treasure on earth” – but is it gold, jewels, or something far more mysterious and dangerous?



17 .) Pictures of Hollis Woods written by Patricia Reilly Giff

Pictures of Hollis Woods

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Wikipedia

In this Newbery Honor Book, a troublesome 12-year-old orphan, staying with an elderly artist who needs her, remembers the only other time she was happy in a foster home, with a family that truly seemed to care about her.



16 .) Pippi Longstocking written by Astrid Lindgren

Pippi Longstocking

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Powells

Tommy and his sister Annika have a new neighbor, and her name is Pippi Longstocking. She has crazy red pigtails, no parents to tell her what to do, a horse that lives on her porch, and a flair for the outrageous that seems to lead to one adventure after another! –back cover



15 .) Pollyanna (Pollyanna, #1) written by Eleanor H. Porter

Pollyanna (Pollyanna, #1)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Wikipedia

When orphaned 11-year-old Pollyanna comes to live with austere and wealthy Aunt Polly, her philosophy of gladness brings happiness to her aunt and other members of the community, somewhat to their surprise.



14 .) Tarzan written by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Tarzan

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Wikipedia

When a ship’s mutiny forces a young noble English couple out onto the remote African coast, their child is born into the wild. Their deaths a short time later leave the boy alone in the jungle wilderness–until a she-ape adopts him and raises him as her own. Reluctantly accepted into the tribe by its fierce leader, Kerchak, the baby Tarzan must prove himself by learning the ways of survival in the jungle: how to talk with animals, swing through the trees, and fight the great predators. In time, his strength, courage, and human intelligence earn him a place as Lord of the Jungle. But when civilized men enter the jungle, Tarzan is forced to choose between two worlds. Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic tale is both a reflection on civilization from an outside point of view and an exploration of the primal force within us all. Narrated by Simon Prebble



13 .) The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, #1) written by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, #1)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Wikipedia

The Aldens begin their adventure by making a home in a boxcar. Their goal is to stay together, and in the process they find a grandfather.



12 .) The Jungle Book written by Rudyard Kipling

The Jungle Book

Lists It Appears On:

  • The Guardian
  • Wikipedia

The Jungle Books can be regarded as classic stories told by an adult to children. But they also constitute a complex literary work of art in which the whole of Kipling’s philosophy of life is expressed in miniature. They are best known for the ‘Mowgli’ stories; the tale of a baby abandoned and brought up by wolves, educated in the ways and secrets of the jungle by Kaa the python, Baloo the bear, and Bagheera the black panther. The stories, a mixture of fantasy, myth, and magic, are underpinned by Kipling’s abiding preoccupation with the theme of self-discovery, and the nature of the ‘Law’.



11 .) The Little White Horse written by Elizabeth Goudge

The Little White Horse

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Wikipedia

When orphaned young Maria Merryweather arrives at Moonacre Manor, she feels as if she’s entered Paradise. Her new guardian, her uncle Sir Benjamin, is kind and funny; the Manor itself feels like home right away; and every person and animal she meets is like an old friend. But there is something incredibly sad beneath all of this beauty and comfort—a tragedy that happened years ago, shadowing Moonacre Manor and the town around it—and Maria is determined to learn about it, change it, and give her own life story a happy ending. But what can one solitary girl do? A new-fashioned story that is as wonderful as the best fairy tales.



10 .) The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #1) written by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #1)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Kids World

Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests, which readers take along with them. Only four children-two boys and two girls-succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive children could complete. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. But what they’ll find in the hidden underground tunnels of the school is more than your average school supplies. So, if you’re gifted, creative, or happen to know Morse Code, they could probably use your help.



9 .) The Secret Garden written by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Wikipedia

“One of the most delightful and enduring classics of children’s literature, The Secret Garden by Victorian author Frances Hodgson Burnett has remained a firm favorite with children the world over ever since it made its first appearance. Initially published as a serial story in 1910 in The American Magazine, it was brought out in novel form in 1911. The plot centers round Mary Lennox, a young English girl who returns to England from India, having suffered the immense trauma by losing both her parents in a cholera epidemic. However, her memories of her parents are not pleasant, as they were a selfish, neglectful and pleasure-seeking couple. Mary is given to the care of her uncle Archibald Craven, whom she has never met. She travels to his home, Misselthwaite Manor located in the gloomy Yorkshire, a vast change from the sunny and warm climate she was used to. When she arrives, she is a rude, stubborn and given to stormy temper tantrums. However, her nature undergoes a gradual transformation when she learns of the tragedies that have befallen her strict and disciplinarian uncle whom she earlier feared and despised. Once when he’s away from home, Mary discovers a charming walled garden which is always kept locked. The mystery deepens when she hears sounds of sobbing from somewhere within her uncle’s vast mansion. The kindly servants ignore her queries or pretend they haven’t heard, spiking Mary’s curiosity. The Secret Garden appeals to both young and old alike. It has wonderful elements of mystery, spirituality, charming characters and an authentic rendering of childhood emotions and experiences. Commonsense, truth and kindness, compassion and a belief in the essential goodness of human beings lie at the heart of this unforgettable story. It is the best known of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s works, though most of us have definitely heard of, if not read, her other novel Little Lord Fauntleroy.



8 .) Ballet Shoes (Shoes, #1) written by Noel Streatfeild

Ballet Shoes (Shoes, #1)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • The Guardian
  • Wikipedia

Pauline, Petrova and Posy are orphans determined to help out their new family by joining the Children’s Academy of Dancing and Stage Training. But when they vow to make a name for themselves, they have no idea it’s going to be such hard work! They launch themselves into the world of show business, complete with working papers, the glare of the spotlight, and practice, practice, practice! Pauline is destined for the movies. Posy is a born dancer. But practical Petrova finds she’d rather pilot a plane than perform a pirouette. Each girl must find the courage to follow her dream.



7 .) Great Expectations written by Charles Dickens

Great Expectations

Lists It Appears On:

  • Creative Cache
  • Goodreads
  • Wikipedia

In what may be Dickens’s best novel, humble, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman — and one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of “great expectations.” In this gripping tale of crime and guilt, revenge and reward, the compelling characters include Magwitch, the fearful and fearsome convict; Estella, whose beauty is excelled only by her haughtiness; and the embittered Miss Havisham, an eccentric jilted bride.



6 .) Heidi written by Johanna Spyri

Heidi

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Wikipedia
  • Wikipedia

Little orphan Heidi goes to live high in the Alps with her gruff grandfather and brings happiness to all who know her on the mountain. When Heidi goes to Frankfurt to work in a wealthy household, she dreams of returning to the mountains and meadows, her friend Peter, and her beloved grandfather.



5 .) The Graveyard Book written by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads
  • Wikipedia

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own. Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family… Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.



4 .) Jane Eyre written by Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Creative Cache
  • Goodreads
  • Wikipedia

Fiery love, shocking twists of fate, and tragic mysteries put a lonely governess in jeopardy in JANE EYRE Orphaned as a child, Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. She falls in love. Hard. But there is a terrifying secret inside the gloomy, forbidding Thornfield Hall. Is Rochester hiding from Jane? Will Jane be left heartbroken and exiled once again?



3 .) Oliver Twist written by Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Creative Cache
  • Goodreads
  • Wikipedia

A gripping portrayal of London’s dark criminal underbelly, published in Penguin Classics with an introduction by Philip Horne. The story of Oliver Twist – orphaned, and set upon by evil and adversity from his first breath – shocked readers when it was published. After running away from the workhouse and pompous beadle Mr Bumble, Oliver finds himself lured into a den of thieves peopled by vivid and memorable characters – the Artful Dodger, vicious burglar Bill Sikes, his dog Bull’s Eye, and prostitute Nancy, all watched over by cunning master-thief Fagin. Combining elements of Gothic Romance, the Newgate Novel and popular melodrama, Dickens created an entirely new kind of fiction, scathing in its indictment of a cruel society, and pervaded by an unforgettable sense of threat and mystery. This Penguin Classics edition of Oliver Twist is the first critical edition to faithfully reproduce the text as its earliest readers would have encountered it from its serialisation in Bentley’s Miscellany, and includes an introduction by Philip Horne, a glossary of Victorian thieves’ slang, a chronology of Dickens’s life, a map of contemporary London and all of George Cruikshank’s original illustrations. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.



2 .) Anne of Green Gables written by L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Powells
  • The Guardian
  • Wikipedia

As soon as Anne Shirley arrives at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she is sure she wants to stay forever . . . but will the Cuthberts send her back to to the orphanage? Anne knows she’s not what they expected—a skinny girl with fiery red hair and a temper to match. If only she can convince them to let her stay, she’ll try very hard not to keep rushing headlong into scrapes and blurting out the first thing that comes to her mind. Anne is not like anyone else, the Cuthberts agree; she is special—a girl with an enormous imagination. This orphan girl dreams of the day when she can call herself Anne of Green Gables.



1 .) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) written by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Goodreads
  • Kids World
  • The Guardian
  • Wikipedia

Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.




The 275+ Additional Best Books About Orphans



# Books Authors Lists
36 A Blessing from Above: Little Golden Book Patti Henderson Life Song
37 A Brief History of Montmaray (The Montmaray Journals, #1) Michelle Cooper Goodreads
38 A Conspiracy of Kings (The Queen’s Thief, #4) Megan Whalen Turner Goodreads
39 A Deadly Secret   Wikipedia
40 A Drowned Maiden’s Hair Laura Amy Schlitz Goodreads
41 A Forest of Doors: An Orphan’s Quest L.A. Muse Goodreads
42 A Little Life   Wikipedia
43 A Mother for Choco Keiko Kasza Life Song
44 A Murder for Her Majesty Beth Hilgartner Goodreads
45 A Riddle of Roses   Wikipedia
46 A Series of Unfortunate Events   Wikipedia
47 Acorna: The Unicorn Girl (Acorna #1) Anne McCaffrey Goodreads
48 Addie Pray   Wikipedia
49 Adoption Is For Always Linda Walvoord Girard Life Song
50 Akin to Anne: Tales of Other Orphans L.M. Montgomery Goodreads
51 Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea   Wikipedia
52 Amy’s Eyes   Wikipedia
53 Animal’s People   Wikipedia
54 Anne Shirley  
Barnes And Noble
55 Annie Thomas Meehan Goodreads
56 Any Roald Dahl protagonist.  
Barnes And Noble
57 Ascent (novel)   Wikipedia
58 Astro City, Vol. 2: Confession Kurt Busiek Goodreads
59 Ayala’s Angel   Wikipedia
60 Ballad of the Desert   Wikipedia
61 Bambi Felix Salten Goodreads
62 Barbary (novel)   Wikipedia
63 Bec (novel)   Wikipedia
64 Black Hearts in Battersea   Wikipedia
65 Black Mamba Boy Nadifa Mohamed Goodreads
66 Blind Justice (novel)   Wikipedia
67 Blood Feud (novel)   Wikipedia
68 Books in A Series of Unfortunate Events   Wikipedia
69 Brothers (Yu novel)   Wikipedia
70 Bud, Not Buddy   Wikipedia
71 Butterfly (Forgotten Children, #1) Kyra Gregory Goodreads
72 Buy a Bullet   Macmillan
73 Calico Bush (novel)   Wikipedia
74 Captains of the Sands   Wikipedia
75 Careful, He Might Hear You (novel)   Wikipedia
76 Celestina (novel)   Wikipedia
77 Chameleon (Forgotten Children, #2) Kyra Gregory Goodreads
78 Child of the Ghosts (Ghost, #1) Jonathan Moeller Goodreads
79 Clara Vaughan   Wikipedia
80 Coin Locker Babies   Wikipedia
81 Colors in the Dreamweaver’s Loom   Wikipedia
82 Cousin Kate   Wikipedia
83 Crocodile on the Sandbank   Wikipedia
84 Crow Lake (novel)   Wikipedia
85 Crown of Fire   Wikipedia
86 Curse of the Blue Tattoo   Wikipedia
87 Cutting for Stone   Wikipedia
88 Daenerys Targaryen  
Barnes And Noble
89 Dancing Through the Snow Jean Little Kids World
90 Daniel X: Watch the Skies   Wikipedia
91 Dear Enemy (novel)   Wikipedia
92 Dragon and Thief   Wikipedia
93 Dutch Uncle (novel)   Wikipedia
94 Echohawk   Wikipedia
95 Eight Days of Luke   Wikipedia
96 Ella Enchanted (Ella Enchanted #1) Gail Carson Levine Goodreads
97 Emergence (novel)   Wikipedia
98 Emily Climbs   Wikipedia
99 Emily’s Quest   Wikipedia
100 Escape from Genopolis   Wikipedia
101 Escape to Last Man Peak   Wikipedia
102 Eva Luna   Wikipedia
103 Explosion in a Cathedral   Wikipedia
104 Find Your Purpose Using Science Gleb Tsipursky Goodreads
105 Finding Verity Faith Friese Nelson Goodreads
106 Fingersmith (novel)   Wikipedia
107 Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell Jen Barton Goodreads
108 Flambards   Wikipedia
109 Flight of the Hawk   Wikipedia
110 Flowering Nettle   Wikipedia
111 Fly by Night Frances Hardinge Kids World
112 Foundling Mick   Wikipedia
113 Frodo Baggins  
Barnes And Noble
114 Frost Fever (Cloak Games, #2) Jonathan Moeller Goodreads
115 Fugitive Pieces   Wikipedia
116 Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera, #1) Jim Butcher Goodreads
117 God Found Us You Lisa Tawn Bergren Life Song
118 Going the Wrong Path Arthur Weissmann Goodreads
119 Good-bye, My Lady   Wikipedia
120 Gossamer Lois Lowry Kids World
121 Green Angel   Wikipedia
122 Hannah (Daughters of the Sea, #1) Kathryn Lasky Goodreads
123 Hannibal Rising   Wikipedia
124 Happy Adoption Day! John McCutcheon Life Song
125 Harnessing Peacocks   Wikipedia
126 Harriet the Spy   Powells
127 Hattie Big Sky   Wikipedia
128 Hawkes Harbor   Wikipedia
129 Heligoland (novel)   Wikipedia
130 Hellbent   Macmillan
131 His Dark Materials trilogy Philip Pullman
The Guardian
132 Homecoming (Tillerman Cycle, #1) Cynthia Voigt Goodreads
133 Hoodoo Ronald L. Smith Goodreads
134
How To Be Alone: If You Want To And Even If You Don’t
  Powells
135 Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer Among the Indians Mark Twain Goodreads
136 I Love You Like Crazy Cakes Rose A. Lewis Life Song
137 I Will Love You Alyssa Satin Capucilli Life Song
138 I Wished for You Marianne Richmond Life Song
139 I, Coriander Sally Gardner Goodreads
140 James Bond books   Wikipedia
141 Jessamy   Wikipedia
142 Jip, His Story   Wikipedia
143 Johnny Tremain Esther Forbes Goodreads
144 Josef Kavalier  
Barnes And Noble
145 Journey to the End of the Whale   Wikipedia
146 Journey to the River Sea  
Creative Cache
147 Just David   Wikipedia
148 Kaspar Michael Morpurgo Goodreads
149 Kay the Left-Handed   Wikipedia
150 Kidnapped (novel)   Wikipedia
151 Kids Like Me in China Ying Ying Fry Life Song
152 Kim (novel)   Wikipedia
153 King Matt the First   Wikipedia
154 Kipps   Wikipedia
155 La joie de vivre   Wikipedia
156 Lane Moore   Powells
157 Le Rêve (novel)   Wikipedia
158 Lightning (novel)   Wikipedia
159 Little Foxes   Wikipedia
160 Little Men Louisa May Alcott Goodreads
161 Little Orphan Annie  
Barnes And Noble
162 Little Soldier (novel)   Wikipedia
163 Lolita   Wikipedia
164
Love Among the Ruins. A Romance of the Near Future
  Wikipedia
165 Luck in the Shadows   Wikipedia
166 Magician (Feist novel)   Wikipedia
167 Marianela (novel)   Wikipedia
168 Marjorie’s Quest   Wikipedia
169 Matilda   Powells
170 Mayoi Neko Overrun!   Wikipedia
171 Meet the Austins   Wikipedia
172 Meggy MacIntosh   Wikipedia
173 Mel Foster and the Demon Butler   Wikipedia
174 Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man   Wikipedia
175 Missing May   Wikipedia
176 Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism   Wikipedia
177 Mommy’s Heart Alexandra Maria Proca Goodreads
178 Mommy’s Heart Went Pop Christina Kyllonen Life Song
179 Momo (novel)   Wikipedia
180 Monster Blood Tattoo: Foundling   Wikipedia
181 Moonfleet   Wikipedia
182 Mother of Pearl (novel)   Wikipedia
183 Motl, Peysi the Cantor’s Son   Wikipedia
184 Mountains are Free   Wikipedia
185 Mr. Vertigo   Wikipedia
186 My Adopted Child, There’s No One Like You Dr. Kevin Leman Life Song
187 My Family Is Forever Nancy Carlson Life Song
188 Natasha’s Story Michael Nicholson Goodreads
189 Night Lamp   Wikipedia
190 No Place Like Home (novel)   Wikipedia
191 Nobody’s Girl   Wikipedia
192 Nothing Is Terrible   Wikipedia
193 Of Human Bondage   Wikipedia
194 One Day as a Tiger   Wikipedia
195 One-Way (novel)   Wikipedia
196 Orphan at My Door   Wikipedia
197 Orphan X   Macmillan
198 Otherworlds: The Lost Katherine L. Walker Goodreads
199 Out of the Dark   Macmillan
200 Outcast (Sutcliff novel)   Wikipedia
201 Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale Karen Katz Life Song
202 Peter and the Secret of Rundoon   Wikipedia
203 Peter and the Shadow Thieves   Wikipedia
204 Peter and the Sword of Mercy   Wikipedia
205 Peter Pan J M Barrie
The Guardian
206 Plain Kate   Wikipedia
207 Plum & Jaggers  
Creative Cache
208 Prince Caspian   Wikipedia
209 Prisoner in a Red-Rose Chain   Wikipedia
210 Q & A (novel)   Wikipedia
211 Queen Zixi of Ix: or the Story of the Magic Cloak L. Frank Baum Goodreads
212 Ramona   Wikipedia
213 Ranald Bannerman’s Boyhood   Wikipedia
214 Ranger’s Apprentice books   Wikipedia
215 Rebel Fist (Cloak Games, #3) Jonathan Moeller Goodreads
216 Richard Sharpe stories   Wikipedia
217 Richter 10   Wikipedia
218 Rose (Rose, #1) Holly Webb Goodreads
219 Rosie’s Family: An Adoption Story Lori Rosove Life Song
220 Ruby Holler   Wikipedia
221 Ruth (novel)   Wikipedia
222 Sans Famille   Wikipedia
223 Sea of Glass   Wikipedia
224 Shadow Jump (Cloak Games #4) Jonathan Moeller Goodreads
225 Sharpe (novel series)   Wikipedia
226 Shatter Stone (Cloak Games, #5) Jonathan Moeller Goodreads
227 Silas Marner George Eliot Goodreads
228 Sisters Judith Caseley Life Song
229 Splendors and Glooms Laura Amy Schlitz Goodreads
230 Stormbreaker Anthony Horowitz
The Guardian
231 Superman novels   Wikipedia
232 Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born Jamie Lee Curtis Life Song
233 Ten Days and Nine Nights: An Adoption Story Yumi Heo Life Song
234 The 39 Clues series Various Authors Kids World
235 The Adventurer (novel)   Wikipedia
236 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain Goodreads
237 The Adventures of James Bond Junior 003½   Wikipedia
238 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain Goodreads
239 The Animal Family   Wikipedia
240 The Apple Dumpling Gang   Wikipedia
241 The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1) Lemony Snicket Goodreads
242 The BFG Roald Dahl
The Guardian
243 The Bloody Sun   Wikipedia
244 The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain, #1) Lloyd Alexander Goodreads
245 The Brave Adventures of Lapitch   Wikipedia
246 The Cement Garden   Wikipedia
247 The Chronicles of Prydain   Wikipedia
248 The Cider House Rules   Wikipedia
249 The Contender (Lipsyte novel)   Wikipedia
250 The Dangerous Days of Daniel X   Wikipedia
251 The Daring Twins   Wikipedia
252 The Day We Met You Phoebe Koehler Life Song
253 The Death of the Heart   Wikipedia
254 The Diamond of Drury Lane   Wikipedia
255 The Diddakoi   Wikipedia
256 The Dragon’s Familiar   Wikipedia
257 The Dressmaker (Bainbridge novel)   Wikipedia
258 The Dwarves (novel)   Wikipedia
259 The Eye of Zoltar (The Last Dragonslayer, #3) Jasper Fforde Goodreads
260 The Fall of the Imam   Wikipedia
261 The Fires of Spring   Wikipedia
262 The Fish Can Sing   Wikipedia
263 The Gift (Douglas novel)   Wikipedia
264 The Girl With All the Gifts (The Girl With All the Gifts, #1) M.R. Carey Goodreads
265 The Goblin Emperor (The Goblin Emperor, #1) Katherine Addison Goodreads
266 The Golden Goblet   Wikipedia
267 The Good Thief (novel)   Wikipedia
268 The Grass Harp   Wikipedia
269 The Green Years   Wikipedia
270 The Guardians (novel)   Wikipedia
271 The Heaven Shop   Wikipedia
272 The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber   Wikipedia
273 The Highwayman (novel)   Wikipedia
274 The House of Mirth  
Creative Cache
275 The Intern   Macmillan
276 The Invention of Hugo Cabret   Wikipedia
277 The Jumping-Off Place   Wikipedia
278 The Keeper of the Isis Light   Wikipedia
279 The King’s Daughter   Wikipedia
280 The Last Dragonslayer (The Last Dragonslayer, #1) Jasper Fforde Goodreads
281 The Last of the Spirits Chris Priestley Goodreads
282 The Life Before Us   Wikipedia
283 The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) Rick Riordan Goodreads
284 The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches   Wikipedia
285 The Loner (children’s novel)   Wikipedia
286 The Maze of Bones   Wikipedia
287 The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg   Wikipedia
288 The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow   Wikipedia
289 The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth   Wikipedia
290 The Nargun and the Stars   Wikipedia
291 The Nowhere Man   Macmillan
292 The Old Curiosity Shop   Wikipedia
293 The Orphan of Ellis Island   Wikipedia
294 The Orphan of the Rhine   Wikipedia
295 The Orphan Queen   Wikipedia
296 The Orphan’s Tales   Wikipedia
297 The Orphans series   Wikipedia
298 The Outsiders of Uskoken Castle   Wikipedia
299 The Palace of Laughter   Wikipedia
300 The Path to the Nest of Spiders   Wikipedia
301 The Physician   Wikipedia
302 The Queen of Attolia (The Queen’s Thief, #2) Megan Whalen Turner Goodreads
303 The Red Blanket Eliza Thomas Life Song
304 The Red Queen’s Daughter Jacqueline Kolosov Goodreads
305 The Return of the Condor Heroes   Wikipedia
306 The Root Cellar   Wikipedia
307 The Ruby in the Smoke   Wikipedia
308 The Scarecrow and his Servant   Wikipedia
309 The Series of Unfortunate Events Lemony Snicket Kids World
310 The Song of the Quarkbeast (The Last Dragonslayer, #2) Jasper Fforde Goodreads
311 The Stolen One Suzanne Crowley Goodreads
312 The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry Gabrielle Zevin Goodreads
313 The Story I’ll Tell Nancy Tupper Ling Life Song
314 The Thief (The Queen’s Thief, #1) Megan Whalen Turner Goodreads
315 The Thief Lord Cornelia Funke Kids World
316 The Third Witch Rebecca Reisert Goodreads
317 The Wanderess Roman Payne Goodreads
318 The Whitby Witches (The Whitby Witches, #1) Robin Jarvis Goodreads
319 The Witch of Blackbird Pond Elizabeth George Speare Goodreads
320 The Witches Roald Dahl Goodreads
321 The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (The Wolves Chronicles, #1) Joan Aiken Goodreads
322 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1) L. Frank Baum Goodreads
323 The Wonderling Mira Bartok Goodreads
324 Thief Trap (Cloak Games, #1) Jonathan Moeller Goodreads
325 Thief! (The Queen’s Thief, #0.5) Megan Whalen Turner Goodreads
326 Understood Betsy Dorothy Canfield Fisher Goodreads
327 Villette Charlotte Brontë Goodreads
328 Waiting for May Janet Morgan Stoeke Life Song
329 We Belong Together Todd Parr Life Song
330 Welcome Home Little Baby Lisa Harper Life Song
331 Welcome Home, Forever Child Christine Mitchell Life Song
332 Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1) Lauren DeStefano Goodreads
333 Yes, I’m Adopted! Sharlie Zinniger Life Song


9 Best Orphan Book Sources/Lists



Source Article
Barnes And Noble Our Favorite Fictional Orphans
Creative Cache Six Great Books about Orphans
Goodreads Best Books About Orphans
Kids World Tween and Teen Books about Orphans
Life Song 25 Kids Books About Adoption
Macmillan Macmillan: Series: Orphan X
Powells The Frankly Bizarre Magic of Children’s Books About Orphans
The Guardian Katherine Rundell’s top 10 orphans
Wikipedia Category:Novels about orphans

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