The Story of Tracy Beaker

Author: Jacqueline Wilson

The story of infuriating but loveable 10-year-old Tracy Beaker is a humorous yet thought-provoking glimpse of life in a children’s home. Tracy has had a hard time. She has been to four schools already and has had a number of social workers to care for her. Tracy’s been in a few foster families in the past, but she never fitted in with any of them. Nonetheless, this lively little girl harbours the hope that one day her mother will come and take her away from the home that she has dubbed as the “Dumping Ground”. When she's not up to mischief and quarrelling with the other children, she is busy writing her life story in a diary. Then one day, Cam, a real writer, visits the orphanage to write an article about children in care. After a rocky start, she and Tracy get on famously.

Little Orphan Annie

Author: Harold Gray

The comic strip follows the adventures of 11-year-old red-haired orphan Annie and her dog, Sandy. A mysterious billionaire benefactor, Oliver Warbucks, adopts her. Warbucks, whom Annie calls “Daddy Warkbucks”, often, appears out of nowhere to save her when she gets into trouble. He has a bodyguard called Punjab and a henchman named The Asp. Little Orphan Annie sprang onto the pages of New York Daily News on August 5th, 1924. It was one of the longest running comic strips in U.S. newspapers until it was discontinued in June 2010. Harold Gray, a cartoonist with Chicago Tribune, created the comic strip after meeting a young street-smart girl in Chicago. He named it after James Whitcomb Riley’s poem Little Orphant Annie. The characters have empty circles for their eyes. Some of the earliest strips, from 1924 to 1941, have been released recently in nine compiled volumes.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs

When 16-year-old Jacob Portman discovers that his grandfather was murdered by a strange, make-believe creature, he decides to find out what really happened. As nobody in the family knows the truth, Jacob travels to Wales. He comes across an abandoned orphanage called Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children where every child, who is an orphan, has a special quality. Soon, Jacob becomes good friends with Emma, who can control fire, and Millard, who can become invisible. He learns about the strange murders being committed by 'hollows' that had killed his grandfather. He resolves to kill them, but when the 'hollows' kidnap Miss Peregrine, Jacob is forced to reconsider. Pick up the book to find out if he will save the children, their beloved Miss Peregrine and avenge his grandfather's death.

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