Thinking about that last poem, I remember being so fascinated by books and movies about Kids Without Parents. This genre, so named by Jennifer Smith, includes tales of orphans, runaways, lost kids, kids at boarding school, kids at summer camp, kids accomplishing stuff, misbehaving or surviving, without grownups around.
Most of these stories totally romanticize the notion of being lost or kidnapped or abandoned. Being independent looks like a grand adventure. Which is a big ole lie, but at least they give kids a lot of credit. Usually the challenges of abandonment force the plucky youngsters to do grown up stuff to get by. Us kids can do it all by ourselves, that kind of thing. There's usually a happy ending, which includes a tearful reunion with mom and dad, along with a newfound respect for eachother.
Hatchet, Annie, Party of Five, Home Alone, Hansel & Gretel, Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, Little Red Riding Hood, Little Rascals, Bridge to Terabithia, Oliver Twist, Prep, Lord of the Flies, Walkabout, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Savannah Smiles, The Boxcar Children, Nancy Drew, Goonies, Kids
Can you help me add to the list?