Sunday Stumper #55: Literary Orphans

Sunday Stumper

Our 55th Sunday Stumper revolves around literary protagonists that were orphaned prior to the start of the novel/series.  This appears to be a prevalent and recurring theme in the Young Adult genre, particularly in recent years.  I have a feeling the trend began with the popularity of the Harry Potter series, but then again, it’s just an inkling…


We’ve decided to introduce a new weekly meme here at Brewing Up Books…Sunday Stumper! Each Sunday, we’ll be posting a literary based challenge, puzzle, game, etc. that can be downloaded on a computer, tablet, or smartphone (or even printed out). The following week, we will post the correct solutions to the puzzle, along with a new one. You can complete the puzzle at your leisure throughout the week, and, if you manage to finish it, you can email it to us ( for a chance to be featured! The first person to correctly complete a puzzle and email it to us will have their blog or Goodreads account featured on our sidebar and will also be mentioned in our Sunday Stumper post the following week.

The puzzles will vary from week to week, potentially consisting of crossword puzzles, matching, fill-in-the-blank (with or without a wordbox), word searches, etc. We have determined weekly topics in advance for our Sunday Stumper, which can be viewed here. If you’re interested in posting a Sunday Stumper on your blog, you’re more than welcome to! Please just remember to link back to Brewing Up Books!

If you have any ideas/suggestions/improvements, please leave them in a comment below. We’d love to hear what you think!


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3. a classic in which her husband becomes blinded after a fire in their home at the conclusion of the novel

4. a classic that features pixie dust and flying children

6. (orphaned in some retellings of this fairytale) suffered at the hands of her evil step-mother and step-sisters

7. starred in a Series of Unfortunate Events

10. born in India, moves to London, and discovers a garden

11. a Charles Dickens character who runs away from a London workhouse

12. referred to as the “Mother of Dragons”

13. his parents died at the hand of a demon, and he was tortured by the same demon, resulting in a dependence upon yin fen


1. lived at Green Gables

2. sported a lightning-shaped scar

5. evoked such fear from others that they refused to speak his name

8. a classic in which this male protagonist was raised in the jungle by animals

9. best friends with Huckleberry Finn

Last Week’s Winners

Unfortunately there weren’t any winners from last week, but there’s always a chance that you could be a lucky winner for next week!  Just make sure to email us your answers (

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I am a senior in high school and an avid reader/reviewer, horseback rider, and graphic designer.  Since a young age, I have fostered a love of reading, beginning with my forays into the Nancy Drew series.  I’ve branched out significantly in my reading tastes since then, and my favorite genres include young adult, romance, mystery, and thriller.  I’m constantly trying to expand my horizons, however, so I do dabble in other genres.  While I’m not reading, I volunteer at a hippotherapy center and a veterinary clinic, practice agility with my dogs, play piano, and sketch.
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