Auxier, Jonathan. The Night Gardener.
Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger & secrets of the cursed house. J-HOR AUX
Avi. Crispin: The Cross of Lead.
Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret. J-HF AVI, YA-PBK AVI
Berry, Julie. The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place.
Seven very proper Victorian young ladies conspire to hide a murder from the authorities at their boarding school. J-M BER
Byng, Georgia. Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism.
Unlucky and unloved, Molly Moon, living in a dreary orphanage in a small English town, discovers a hidden talent for hypnotism and hypnotizes her way to stardom in New York City. J BYN
Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bud, Not Buddy.
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home. J-HF CUR, YA-PBK CUR
Cushman, Karen. Rodzina.
A twelve-year-old Polish American girl is boarded onto an orphan train in Chicago with fears about traveling to the west and a life of unpaid slavery. J-HF CUS
Dahl, Roald. The BFG.
The Big Friendly Giant--kidnaps Sophie from the orphanage and takes her back to Giantland where she becomes involved in a plan to end the loathsome activities of 9 evil giants. J-FAN DAH
Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist.
An orphan is forced to become a thief in order to survive in nineteenth-century London. J-HF DIC
DiTerlizzi, Tony. The Field Guide.
When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda's worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and have some unusual experiences. J-FAN DIT
Fleischman, Sid. The Whipping Boy.
A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws. J FLE
Funke, Cornelia. The Thief Lord.
Two brothers, having run away from the aunt who plans to adopt the younger one, are sought by a detective hired by their aunt. J FUN, J-PBK FUN
Giff, Patricia Reilly. Pictures of Hollis Woods.
A troublesome twelve-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. J-PBK GIF
Ibbotson, Eva. Dial-a-Ghost.
A family of nice ghosts protects a British orphan from the diabolical plans of his evil guardians.
Legrand, Claire. The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls.
Practically-perfect twelve-year-old Victoria Wright must lie, sneak, and break the rules when her investigation of the disappearance of her best--and only--friend, Lawrence, reveals dark secrets about her town and the orphanage run by the reclusive Mrs. Cavendish. J-HOR LEG
Levine, Gail Carson. Dave at Night.
When orphaned Dave is sent to the Hebrew home for boys where he is treated cruelly, he sneaks out at night and is welcomed into the culture of the Harlem Renaissance. J-HF LEV, YA-PBK LEV
Levine, Gail Carson. Ella Enchanted.
In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her. J-FAN LEV, YA-PBK LEV
Park, Linda Sue. A Single Shard.
Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself. J-HF PAR, YA-PBK PAR
Paterson, Katherine. Lyddie.
Impoverished Vermont farm girl Lyddie Worthen is determined to gain her independence by becoming a factory worker in Lowell, Massachusetts, in the 1840's. J-HF PAT, J-PBK PAT
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter series
Rescued from the neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches. J-FAN ROW, J-PBK R, YA-FANTASY ROW, YA-PBK ROW
Salerni, Dianne. The Eighth Day series
Orphan Jax Aubrey doesn't expect much on his 13th birthday, but when he discovers there's an extra day squeezed between Wednesday and Thursday whose origins are rooted in Arthurian legend, it's clear his life will never be the same J-FAN SAL
Wood, Maryrose. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series
Fifteen-year-old Miss Penelope Lumley, a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, is hired as governess to three young children who have been raised by wolves and must teach them to behave with civility.