Reading this Roger Moorhouse piece on the eighteenth century German feral child, Peter of Hanover, reminded me of Victor of Aveyron who showed up a few decades later in France and became a tabla rasa for thinkers of the period as they contemplated what it meant to be human. And then I started thinking about literary feral children and, especially, the mad crushes I had on two of them.
Yes, I confess that as a young reader Mowgli and Peter Pan made my heart race. I found those two feral boys to be brave, headstrong, and delightfully free, free, free. So what other feral children are out there in fiction for children? Here are some we came up with at my educating alice blog (and I do recommend reading the conversation in the comments). Can you think of others?
- Karen Hesse's The Music of Dolphins
- Jane Yolen's Passager
- Maryrose Wood's The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series
- Jonathan Auxier's Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes
- Philip Pullman's I Was a Rat!
- Clay Carmichael's Wild Things
- Mordicai Gerstein's The Wild Boy
- Deborah Noyes' When I Met the Wolf Girls
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