On My Own

Moira McPartlin's 9 books about young people facing the world alone

We all dread the death or disappearance of a parent but the dread is multiplied when you are a child.

Ever since Charles Dickens wrote Oliver Twist readers have been captivated by orphans and children who find themselves alone.

In my novel Ways of the Doomed, set in 2089, sixteen year old Sorlie finds himself alone when both his parents go missing. He is taken into the care of an evil grandfather and needs to fight for his survival.

No matter the time period the story is set, the teen alone tale will often be of hardship, cruelty, endurance but it will almost always be a tale of incredible resourcefulness and courage.

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1. Revolver

Marcus Sedgwick
The Death of Bees by Lisa O'Donnell

2. The Death of Bees

Lisa O'Donnell
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3. Railsea

China Mieville
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4. Foster

Claire Keegan
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6. Kidnapped

Robert Louis Stevenson
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7. The Book Thief

Markus Zusak
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8. Ramshackle

Elizabeth Reeder
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9. The Outsiders

S E Hinton

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Moira McPartlin

Moira McPartlin has been writing short stories, articles, poetry and novels for a number of years and her debut novel The Incomers was shortlisted for the Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award in 2012. Moira was an organiser of Weegie Wednesdays, is an active member of Scottish Pen and runs writing workshops for a variety of groups. Her second novel Ways of the Doomed, Book 1 of the Sun Song Trilogy is published by Saraband in June 2015.


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