So many great books are written about orphans. Pip in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations gets a lot of exposure since this novel is often required reading. Dickens stars orphans in some of his books and uses them as supporting characters in many others.
Louisa May Alcott wrote about orphans as well. Rose Campbell, in Eight Cousins, is a solitary orphan who moves in with a large family of cousins.
The title character of Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher is an orphan who reluctantly gets to know the "other" side of her family when the aunts who raised her become desperately ill.
Barbara Brooks Wallace has made writing about orphans her stock in trade with such fun titles as Peppermints in the Parlor and Sparrows in the Scullery.
Just this year (2010), author Maryrose Wood introduced Miss Penelope Lumley, a fifteen-year-old orphan, in the book, The Mysterious Howling. Penelope must play governess to three other orphans, who have all been raised by wolves.
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