Recently, Publisher’s Weekly asked, if you were a literary orphan, which fictional family would you choose as your own? These are just some of the most popular answers:
The Weasleys (J.K. Rowling)
All bearing bright red hair and living in a house quaintly called “The Burrow,” The Weasleys are a pure-blood wizarding family. While they’re not as rich as antagonist family the Malfoys, matriarch Molly Weasley is a powerful protector of her clan, and they all help to teach orphan Harry about what it means to be a family.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
All Harry Potter books are available at all four Warren Libraries – look under JFic Rowling.
The Pevensies (C.S. Lewis)
Peter, Susan, Lucy, and Edmund Pevensie are a family of children sent away from London during World War II. Taken in by the professor who built the wardrobe to Narnia, these four have adventures in many of the Chronicles of Narnia books – all going on to be named Kings and Queens.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe JFic Lewis WCV WDB WAM
Prince Caspian JFic Lewis WCV WMB
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader JFic Lewis WCV WMB WDB
The Silver Chair JFic Lewis WDB WMB/ Juv PBK L WCV
The Horse and His Boy JFic Lewis WDB WMB/ Juv PBK L WCV
The Magician’s Nephew Jfic Lewis WCV WAM
The Last Battle JFic Lewis WDB WMB WAM/ Juv PBK L WCV
The Chronicles of Narnia (all seven books in one volume) YA Fic Lewis WCV / Fic Lewis WAM
The Cullens (Stephenie Meyer)
All supernaturally beautiful and strange to the eyes of the residents of Forks, Washington, the Cullens are as magnetic as they are fearsome. Carlisle, the “father” of the family, is a respected doctor; he and his wife Esmé have taken on five vampire children: Edward, Rosalie, Alice, Jasper, and Emmett.
Twilight YA Fic Meyer WCV WMB WAM
New Moon YA Fic Meyer WCV WMB WDB WAM
Eclipse YA Fic Meyer WCV WMB WDB WAM
Breaking Dawn YA Fic Meyer WCV WMB WDB WAM
(All four Twilight books have holds lists; why not try them in audio or e-audio?)
The Murrys (Madeline L’Engle)
Beginning in the Time Quintet and continuing in the Polly O’Keefe series, Meg Murry’s family travels through time, space, and adventures with witches, angels, and mind-controlling alien characters.
The Time Quintet
A Wrinkle in Time JFic L’Engle WCV WMB WDB WAM
A Wind in the Door Juv PBK L WCV/ JFic L’Engle WAM
Many Waters YA PBK L WCV /YA Fic L’Engle WAM
A Swiftly Tilting Planet YA PBK L WCV/ YA Fic L’Engle WDB WAM
The Polly O’Keefe Series
The Arm of the Starfish JFic L’Engle WMB/ YA Fic L’Engle WAM
Dragons in the Waters JFic L’Engle WCV
A House Like a Lotus YF L’Engle TPL/ YA L MPL
An Acceptable Time YA PBK L WCV
The Cassons (Hilary McKay)
Children of artsy parents Bill and Eve Casson, the children are named after colors from a paint chart on the kitchen wall – Saffron, Rose, Cadmium, and Indigo. While the Casson family’s adventures are as mystical as some of the other families listed here, they approach everyday life through artists’ eyes. Author Hilary McKay has won several awards for these books.
Saffy’s Angel JFic McKay WCV WMB WAM
Indigo’s Star JFic McKay WCV WMB WDB
Permanent Rose JFic McKay WCV WMB WAM
Caddy Ever After JFic McKay WDB
Forever Rose JFic McKay CHE HPW SHL