I asked meril
about this and she said it was okay, so...I want to put together a list called Child's World
(for books with missing or distanced adults), but I can't think of more than a few titles for it. Rather than try to find more on my own, I thought I'd post what I have, ask for additions, and then re-post with all of the additions (plus comments) included.
Basically, the list would be a collective effort. Mix-making by committee! ...Anyway, it's worth a shot. Child's World
by J.M. Barrie
I think everyone knows this one. Three kids from London go to a world where children never grow up, and every day is an adventure. They fight Pirates (grown-ups) and Indians under the leadership of Peter Pan, a cocky boy who never ever
wants to grow up.
-The Subtle Knife
by Philip Pullman
Book two of the His Dark Materials trilogy. A boy from earth goes through an interdimensional portal to another world, where invisible monsters inhabit the cities, sucking out the soul of any adult who touches them. Consequently, the grown-ups have all left, and a group of wraith-orphans has moved in. Has a lot to say on what makes children different adults.
-Lord of the Flies
by William Golding
A group of British schoolchildren marrooned on a desert island rapidly turn to savagery and cannibalism. I really hate this book, I'd prefer not to include it.
If you know any other books that fit...? Or if you think you might know someone else who'd know, if you could direct them here...?