Read these if you like Child Protagonists

Listing 15 stories.

An impoverished thirteen-year-old boy growing up during the Great Depression gets into a serious fight with an older man over a fifty-cent coin.

Frequent beatings from his father and the casual dismissal of his childhood fears lead to the deterioration of a boy's mental health, and the loss of the only 'real' person in the world leaves him in despair.

A boy and his friends swim in a river near their small hometown. After, the boy watches as his older brother splits off from the group to chat with a girl, and leaves his boyhood behind.

In an attempt to mend her family's generational trauma, a young Black girl embarks on a four-day therapeutic retreat that will end in reconnecting with their enslaved ancestors.

A Laotian six-year-old, whose parents can't read English, struggles in school.

A young boy must overcome his horror and help as his father butchers the pig he spent the past year raising.

In a small rural American town in the late 1800s, a woman's eldest son is accused of committing murder. She takes her younger children to watch him be executed, hoping they will not follow a similar path.

Two boys become friends after one of them displays unflinching honesty in the face of a tyrannical teacher. Ultimately, their friendship is destroyed when the same honesty robs the second boy of some of his childhood ignorance.

A young boy navigates friendship with another boy in his suburban San Diego neighborhood. The neighbor boy’s homelife is both enthralling and frightening.

A young girl in the 1920s spends her evenings talking to her building operator while her mother is at work. When her favorite operator is fired, she is forced to quickly learn lessons about trust and relationships.