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Call for help! Child's World. 
18th-Jun-2006 03:56 pm
roses (by iconz_kthx)
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

-Peter Pan 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...?
20th-Jun-2006 10:09 pm (UTC)
My dad was a middle school english teacher for a bunch of years, and he suggested the following:

Homecoming and Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt
A story about a 13-year-old girl and her two younger siblings who were abandoned by their mother. They walk across several states to try to get to other members of their family, hoping they'll adopt them so they won't have to be split up in foster homes.

Phineas by John Knowles
Takes place in a British boarding school, apparently full of metaphor.

One more from me:
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
The classic story about a brother and sister who run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
20th-Jun-2006 10:55 pm (UTC)
I've read Homecoming, and seen Mixed-up Files as a movie (in fact I used to be teased for looking like the older sister; if my brother had looked like the younder brother it would have been perfect). Phineus sounds interesting.
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