Could I please ask you some (more help?). I keep trying to come up with something, but I can't.
The story is set at an steampunkish world. When the protagonist was seven , she acidentaly caused the fire that killed her parents and her older sister (by either having the brilliant idea of cooking breakfast by herself, or letting a lantern fall, I don't know which one of the two is better).
She ended up at an orphanage, stayed there for two years and then got Happily Adopted
alongsides her little by a traveling merchant and his wife, a teacher, with two daughters in their teens.
But I can't figure out why would they adopt her and her little brother.
The protagonist's adoptive father is an orphan himself, and was raised at an Orphanage of Fear
until he got adopted.
Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it. ~Russel Baker