Thursday, February 23, 2012

8 Novels About Kids On Their Own

Losing Joe's Place (Point)Losing Joe's Place
by Gordon Korman
Jason moves into his brother Joe's apartment in Toronto for the summer, along with two friends. The freedom is great at first, but as the summer goes on, it becomes harder and harder to avoid losing the apartment.
The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, #1)The Boxcar Children
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Orphans Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny set up home in a boxcar, trying to avoid being sent to live with Grandfather Alden, whom they have never met.
Swallows and Amazons (Swallows and Amazons, #1)Swallows and Amazons
by Arthur Ransome
John, Susan, Titty, and Roger Walker spend their summer on Wild Cat Island, their home away from home in the Lake District of North West England, hiding from natives and battling with pirates Nancy and Peggy Blackett.
The Maze of Bones (The 39 Clues, #1)Maze of Bones
by Rick Riordan
When their grandmother dies, Amy and Dan Cahill discover they are part of a huge and powerful network of Cahills. Now they must compete with other members of the family to track down 39 clues that will lead them to the power and fortune their grandmother left behind.
The Saturdays (The Melendy Quartet)The Saturdays
by Elizabeth Enright
The four Melendy children pool their allowances so that each sibling might have on Saturday on his or her own in New York City. 
Homecoming (Tillerman Cycle, #1)Homecoming
by Cynthia Rylant
After their mother abandons them in a grocery store parking lot, Dicey, James, Maybeth, and Sammy Tillerman travel alone on the road to their aunt's house.
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. FrankweilerFrom the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
by E.L. Konigsburg
Claudia Kincaid and her little brother Jamie run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where they become wrapped in a mystery surrounding a beautiful statue.
Bud, Not BuddyBud, Not Buddy
by Christopher Paul Curtis
Convinced that concert flyers kept by his mother, advertising performances by Herman E. Calloway and the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!!!!!! are clues that will lead him to his true father, Bud sets out for Grand Rapids, looking for home and family.

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