Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Top Twelve Adult Books Which Feature Children As The Main Character

I'm participating in today's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's prompt is:

Top Twelve Adult Books Which Feature Children As The Main Character

Oftentimes I meet people who assume that the age of a book's protagonist equals the age of the person said book was primarily written for.  There is certainly correlation between the two, so I see why this idea exists.  However, that is not necessarily always the case.  Here are some of my favorite novels for adults that feature children as the protagonists.  (By "children" I mean anyone under the age of 18.)

I think this civil rights era book should be required reading for everyone alive.  Just saying.

I love this book so hard.  I wish more people would read it!

This remains one of my all time favorite books.

Scout and Jem are still some of my favorite people.  And they're kids.

This is one I recommend over and over and over and over.

This is one of my absolute favorite coming of age novels, but I know no one else who has read it.  Have you?

Excuse me while I go sob.

Though difficult to read, this story is worth it.

I adore this story about two Jewish boys growing up in the US during World War Two.

This is another one that not many know of.  Most libraries I've checked don't even carry it.  BUT THEY SHOULD.

Flavia de Luce is just such a firecracker, I couldn't leave her off this list.

This is a book that has never really let me go.  Should have seen that coming.  (In a good way.)

There are a lot more out there!  These are just some of my favorites.  What would you add?


  1. Ooo! I like your list. I've read lots of books that feature children but are for adults. Room comes to mind. Loved To Kill a Mocking Bird.

    1. I actually haven't read Room! Heard a lot about it though. That's another that would go perfectly on this list, thanks!

  2. Great list! I love that you chose adult books that feature a child protagonist. To Kill a Mockingbird and The Book Thief are my favorites from your list, but that may be because I haven't read any of the other books ... yet.

    1. I definitely recommend all of them! I love them all so much, I didn't have the heart to delete any to make it a list of ten.


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