I got hooked pretty early on poor characters-- including Sarah Crewe in A Little Princess, Francie Nolan in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Hugo in The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Dani in Life, After. Ever notice how when there is a rich child in a book, they are usually orphans who go to stay with a rich relative (like the little girl in A Secret Garden)? Why do you think that is?
are there any kids at the center of a book who are sympathetic AND privileged? At the moment, all I can think of is Gossip Girl, which I’ve never read because the story idea didn’t strike a chord with me. From the descriptions I’ve seen, I can’t tell if the girls are funny or fun or how they are drawn; though it seems to be a popular book and readers like them.
Illustration: Jackson O'Brien Muenster