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* In ''Literature/AYellowRaftInBlueWater'', Ida George becomes the mother of her sister/cousin Christine, whom her aunt Clara had given birth to in secret at a mother house in Colorado so that nobody at the Montana Indian reservation they were living on would assume anything except that Ida became a parent out of wedlock. Years later, when Clara visits the child in the hope of regaining custody so that she could give her to a couple that were hoping to raise a foster child, Ida refuses to restore custody and instead drives Clara off the reservation, never to see her again until around the time of her death.


* ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'': Mr Darcy has raised his teenage sister Georgiana since their parents died when she was a child. He had help from his cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam and his staff, but it's clear Mr Darcy is Georgiana's primary caretaker. He's very fond of her and takes care of her every comfort. Georgiana likes him, too, but she's implied to be a bit afraid of her aloof big brother.

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* ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'': Mr Darcy has raised his teenage sister Georgiana since their parents died when she was a child. He had help from his cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam and his staff, but it's clear Mr Darcy is Georgiana's primary caretaker. He's very fond of her and takes care of her every comfort. Georgiana likes him, loves him very much, too, but although she's implied to be a bit afraid in awe of her aloof big brother.him and is astounded that his LoveInterest Elizabeth can treat him so informally.



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* ''Literature/WonderWomanWarbringer'': After the death of his and Alia's parents Jason become Alia's guardian and caregiver, a position he took advantage of to further his goals [[spoiler: of ensuring the war she's foretold to cause comes about so that he can become a glorious Ancient Greek styled hero though combat]].


* ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'': Mr. Darcy has raised his teenage sister Georgiana since their parents died when she was a child. He had help from his cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam and his staff, but it's clear Mr. Darcy is Georgiana's primary caretaker.

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* ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'': Mr. Mr Darcy has raised his teenage sister Georgiana since their parents died when she was a child. He had help from his cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam and his staff, but it's clear Mr. Mr Darcy is Georgiana's primary caretaker.caretaker. He's very fond of her and takes care of her every comfort. Georgiana likes him, too, but she's implied to be a bit afraid of her aloof big brother.



* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' Lord Eddard and Lady Catelyn, parental units of house Stark, head south on matters of intrigue, leaving eldest son Robb to perform the lord's duties. He commands the household, deals with his father's bannermen, holds and scolds his younger brother Bran, and [[spoiler: even marches off to war to defend the family honor. At that point Bran himself might qualify for the trope, as he is then the acting lord in his brother's place and the only role model the even younger Rickon has left]].

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
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Lord Eddard and Lady Catelyn, parental units of house Stark, head south on matters of intrigue, leaving eldest son Robb to perform the lord's duties. He commands the household, deals with his father's bannermen, holds and scolds his younger brother Bran, and [[spoiler: even marches off to war to defend the family honor. At that point honor.
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Bran himself might qualify for the trope, as he is then becomes the acting lord in his brother's place and the only role model the even younger Rickon has left]].left.


* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Albus Dumbledore, a child prodigy, was quite bitter about becoming the parent to his two younger siblings, Aberforth and Ariana, after his mother Kendra died. When he was too distracted by a mysterious stranger who was a prodigy equal, Albus neglected his siblings in his new excitement and unfortunately, [[spoiler:this eventually led to a three-way fight between himself, Aberforth and best friend Grindelwald that accidentally killed poor Ariana, and led to years of bitterness between the two remaining siblings]].

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Albus Dumbledore, a child prodigy, ChildProdigy, was quite bitter about becoming the parent to his two younger siblings, Aberforth and Ariana, after his mother Kendra died. When he was too distracted by a mysterious stranger who was a prodigy equal, Albus neglected his siblings in his new excitement and unfortunately, [[spoiler:this eventually led to a three-way fight between himself, Aberforth and best friend Grindelwald that accidentally killed poor Ariana, and led to years of bitterness between the two remaining siblings]].
** A happier and {{Downplayed}} example: [[spoiler:Remus and Tonks]] have a baby, Teddy, and ask Harry to be the godfather, despite him only being seventeen. They die in the final battle, and while WordOfGod confirms that Teddy was [[RaisedByGrandparents raised by his grandmother]], the DistantEpilogue makes it clear that Harry has been active in the "dad" role for the now-adult Teddy.


* Happens in the ''Literature/{{Remnants}}'' series, where CyrogenicsFailure results in Jobs taking on this role for his little brother. He also winds up taking responsibility for Billy, who is oddly vulnerable despite being about Jobs' own age.

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* Happens in the ''Literature/{{Remnants}}'' series, where CyrogenicsFailure CryogenicsFailure on their SleeperStarship results in Jobs taking on this role for his little brother.brother, Edward/Chameleon. He also winds up taking responsibility for Billy, who is oddly vulnerable despite being about Jobs' own age.


* Happens in Creator/KAApplegate's and Creator/MichaelGrant’s ''Literature/{{Remnants}}'' series, especially to Jobs, who takes the role for both his own little brother and Billy, who is oddly vulnerable despite being about Jobs' age. Also more literally with Mark, who raised his little brother D-Caf after their parents' deaths. He didn't do a very great job, being moody and mercurial, but was [[PapaWolf willing to kill]] [[spoiler:and die]] to get him and D-Caf to survive [[EarthShatteringKaboom the Earth's destruction]].

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* Happens in Creator/KAApplegate's and Creator/MichaelGrant’s the ''Literature/{{Remnants}}'' series, especially to Jobs, who takes the where CyrogenicsFailure results in Jobs taking on this role for both his own little brother and brother. He also winds up taking responsibility for Billy, who is oddly vulnerable despite being about Jobs' age. Also own age.
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more literally with normal, pre-apocalyptic example is Mark, who raised his little brother D-Caf after their parents' deaths. He didn't do a very great job, being moody and mercurial, but was [[PapaWolf willing to kill]] [[spoiler:and die]] to try and get him and D-Caf to survive [[EarthShatteringKaboom the Earth's destruction]].



* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'': After [[EarthShatteringKaboom Alderaan]], Tash Arranda is thirteen, only a year older than her brother, but their new guardians are [[OrphansOrdeal grudging]], and she veers between being sisterly and trying to guide and take care of him. They responded to the deaths of everyone they knew in very different ways; she wanted to withdraw from everything, but he became a reckless daredevil, and so Tash decides that she needs to look out for him in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear''.

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* ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', part of ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'': After [[EarthShatteringKaboom Alderaan]], Tash Arranda is thirteen, only a year older than her brother, but their new guardians are [[OrphansOrdeal grudging]], and she veers between being sisterly and trying to guide and take care of him. They responded to the deaths of everyone they knew in very different ways; she wanted to withdraw from everything, but he became a reckless daredevil, and so Tash decides that she needs to look out for him in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear''.him.

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* Hans and Gretchen are [[BrotherSisterTeam co-parents]] to their younger siblings in ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo''. They take this to the point of being willing to be cannon fodder and camp prostitute (to a sadistic mercenary) respectively for their blood and adopted siblings. This in fact is what causes Jeff to fall in love with Gretchen as much as her looks.
* The big twist reveal in ''Literature/AfternoonOfTheElves'' is that Sara-Kate [[spoiler:has been acting as a mother to ''her own mother'' for nearly a year, after Mrs. Connolly fell victim to some sort of breakdown or serious illness. Sara-Kate is terrified of being taken away by CPS, so she's been keeping their situation secret and making ends meet through a combination of clever deceit, hard work, MacGyvering, and sheer force of will]].
* In ''Literature/AllOurYesterdays'', James' older brother, Nate, took over raising him after their parents died.
* Creator/VCAndrews:
** In ''Literature/FlowersInTheAttic'', Chris and Cathy Dollanganger become surrogate parents to their younger siblings whilst locked away in the attic. This plays a factor in how their [[BrotherSisterIncest perception of the other changes]], [[spoiler: eventually culminating in what becomes a life-long incestuous relationship]].
** In ''Literature/TheCasteelSeries'', Heaven and Tom become parents to their younger siblings after Sarah walks out on the family.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' has a variant early on, when the "[[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive death]]" of Marco's mom puts his dad into such a depression that Marco becomes the more parental one for the next two years. His dad eventually gets his act together.
* The protagonist of the novel ''Literature/BackRoads'', by ''Creator/TawniODell'', becomes this to his three younger sisters.
* When her father abandoned her family, the protagonist in ''Literature/{{Beachwalker}}'' became the parent… of her alcoholic mother.
* The protagonist of ''Literature/TheBeanTrees'' vows to graduate high school and escape her hometown without getting pregnant--only to become responsible for an abandoned toddler as soon as she hits the road.
* In Nicole Baart's ''Beneath The Night Tree'', [[spoiler:Julia has been raising her half-brother alongside her own son for five years, and struggles with not knowing whether to play the role of "sister" or "mom". Toward the end of the book, she decides to be his mom and officially adopts him]].
* ''Literature/TheBooksOfEmber'': Lina to her little sister Poppy in ''The City of Ember'', as her parents are dead and her grandmother has dementia.
* Similar to the situation in the Narnia books, once ''Literature/TheBoxcarChildren'' are orphaned, Henry and Jessie, the two oldest, take on the role of mother and father for their younger siblings Violet and Benny. This is most noticeable in the first book, before [[spoiler:the Aldens realize their grandfather is kind and go to live with him]].
* Jerin's father died a few months before the start of ''Literature/ABrothersPrice''. His [[ExoticExtendedMarriage twelve mothers]] and various older sisters are alive, but as the oldest male, almost [[DangerousSixteenthBirthday sixteen years old]], he's expected to take up [[GenderInvertedTrope nurturing fatherly duties]] for his younger siblings. Since he'd been helping his father out anyway, he's able to do it and [[FriendToAllChildren well]], but this does mean that when they hear he's to leave and be married, his littlest siblings are heartbroken.
* Angus Solomon, in ''Literature/{{Bumface}}'', does all the day-to-day caring for his younger siblings and has an awkward quasi-brotherly quasi-parental relationship with them, as all three of them have {{Disappeared Dad}}s and a mother who works very, very long hours.
* There are several examples in Elinor M Brent-Dyer's ''Literature/ChaletSchool'' series, most notably Madge Bettany, the school's founder, and her twin brother Dick, who are responsible for their IllGirl little sister Joey (the series heroine) after their parents die, and Gillian Linton, who takes care of her BrattyHalfPint sister Joyce while their mother is ill.
* ''Chanda's Story'' and its sequel ''Chanda's Wars'' by Allan Stratton follow the story of teenage Chanda who becomes the de facto mother of her two (much) younger siblings and her terminally ill mother. Eventually Chanda's best friend (also a teenager) moves in with her own younger siblings.
* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos'', the older children, Victor and Amelia, frequently took on a parental role because they knew none of the adults about could be trusted.
* Everna Palindrake in ''Literature/ChroniclesOfMagravandias'' raises her brother and sister from birth because their mother dies and their father is often away from home. To make things worse, she's nine when she takes this role.
* In ''Literature/TheDarkArtifices'' Julian Blackthorn takes care of his four younger siblings, with help from parabatai Emma Carstairs and teacher Diana Wrayburn, after the death of his father, and the kidnappings and banishments of his older half-siblings, Mark and Helen. Technically, the Blackthorn children are taken care of by their uncle, but he is mentally unstable and Julian must instead care for the family; in addition, he must keep his efforts a secret, as knowledge of the incompetency of their uncle as a guardian would result in the family being separated.
* ''Literature/TheDemonsLexicon'' by Sarah Rees-Brennan gives us Alan, who took charge of his younger brother Nick at a very young age after [[spoiler:Nick's intensely unstable mum Olivia tried to drown him as a baby]]. The sequel ''The Demon's Covenant'' reveals that [[FromBadToWorse Worse it's even worse]] than that: [[spoiler:Daniel Ryves, Alan's father, made baby Nick Alan's "especial charge" to avoid dealing with him because of what Olivia said he was. When Alan was seven, he caught his father with a magic knife, ready to stab a five-year-old Nick in his bed]]. As a result of this, Alan freely admits to putting his brother before the entire world, [[spoiler:with potentially disastrous consequences]].
* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': The {{backstory}} of ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'''s SweetPollyOliver involves her being this to her ''older'' brother, who was mentally challenged. Even though they still ''had'' a parent.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'' Ward did this to himself, even though his parents were alive. With an abusive father, and a mother who'd rather take drugs than oppose her abusive husband, Ward as the big brother had to take over. His younger brother Tosten [[spoiler: whom Ward took to a nearby town to apprentice him to a cooper after a failed suicide attempt]] lampshades this by saying that their mother had it easy, as her duty of protecting the children was taken over by Ward. Young Ciarra has a lady in waiting who looks after her, but Ward also parents her to some extent. There is also Garranon, who was promoted to parent when his parents were killed. He's very protective towards his younger brother, even though they're both adults.
* ''Literature/TheEdge'': In ''On the Edge'', [[ParentalAbandonment Mom died and Dad ran off]], so Rose is left to raise her two younger brothers. She's forced to work long hours at a minimum wage, physical labor job in order to put food on the table, and she still has to save her pennies in order to buy the boys shoes.
* The type 2 variant is played straight in Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Literature/EndersGame''; children are drafted into schools that first prepare them for military service and then become real military action, carefully disguised from the kids. Though parenting as such isn't a major component of the book, squad leaders end up in semi-parental roles for the younger children.
* ''Literature/{{Forbidden}}'': Due to parental [[DisappearedDad abandonment]] and [[ParentalNeglect neglect]], 17-year-old Lochan and 16-year-old Maya have been promoted to parents for their three younger siblings. The littlest two, who are 8 and 5, accept it, but 13-year-old Kit resents them for it.
-->'''Kit:''' [[YoureNotMyFather He's not my father!]] He may pretend to care, but it's only because he's on some sick power trip! He doesn't love me like Dad did, but he sure as hell thinks he can tell me what to do every second of the day!\\
'''Maya:''' You're right. He doesn't love us the way Dad did. Dad buggered off halfway round the world with his new family the moment things got tough. Lochan could have left school last year, got himself a job, and moved out. He could choose to run off next year to a university at the other end of the country. But no, he's only applying to ones in London, even though his teachers were desperate for him to try for Oxbridge. He's staying in London so he can live here and look after us and make sure we're all right.
* Basically everyone in ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' after all of the adults disappear in a town, and the town is then covered with an impenetrable barrier. Especially Mary, who gets the job of taking care of the Under 5s.
** Deconstructed with Sam, who gets so sick of playing the daddy that he quits his job as mayor.
** Astrid to Little Pete, her autistic little brother.
* In ''Literature/GreatExpectations'', the main character, Pip, was brought up by his (much older) sister and her husband after their parents died.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Albus Dumbledore, a child prodigy, was quite bitter about becoming the parent to his two younger siblings, Aberforth and Ariana, after his mother Kendra died. When he was too distracted by a mysterious stranger who was a prodigy equal, Albus neglected his siblings in his new excitement and unfortunately, [[spoiler:this eventually led to a three-way fight between himself, Aberforth and best friend Grindelwald that accidentally killed poor Ariana, and led to years of bitterness between the two remaining siblings]].
* In memoir ''Literature/AHeartbreakingWorkOfStaggeringGenius'', author/protagonist Dave Eggers is given charge of his younger brother Toph after his parents die within a month of each other.
* In ''Literature/{{Hero}}'' by Creator/PerryMoore, high school student Goran has been raising his little brother ever since their parents were killed in a war.
* ''Literature/HeroesSaveTheWorld'': Hannah Johnson was not just promoted to parent in her original home but, after being put in the foster care system, has apparently promoted herself again. It's not yet clear if it was necessary every time or if she's just unable to believe that other people can actually take care of her siblings.
* In ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'', Stevie Rae seems to be this for her Red Fledglings, mostly because of ParentalAbandonment and/or because most people think they're still dead.
* In ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', Claude Frollo singlehandedly raises his younger brother, Jehan, after their parents die of plague.
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', when Katniss' father dies, her mother goes into [[EmptyShell shock]], forcing Katniss to take over for ''both'' parents.
** Gale becomes the "man of the house" after his father dies in the same mine accident, and the main breadwinner when he turns 18 and starts working in the mines himself.
* Creator/StephanieBurgis' ''Literature/KatIncorrigible'': In ''A Most Improper Magick'', Kat's sisters took over after the nurse. Kat thinks this is why they still think of her as a baby.
* Cora to Alice in ''Literature/TheLastOfTheMohicans''. Alice characteristically calls her in one point "my more than sister, my mother..."
* Creator/CSLewis:
** In ''Literature/TillWeHaveFaces'', a [[TwiceToldTale retelling]] of Cupid and Psyche, Psyche's mother [[DeathByChildbirth dies in childbirth]], leaving Psyche's sister Orual to raise her. [[spoiler: [[MyBelovedSmother Rather too much so.]]]]
** As mentioned already, he also sorta used the trope in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' books, since the teenaged Peter and Susan have to deal with helping out Edmund and Lucy (with help of Professor Kirke) when their parents send them to the countryside to protect them from the London bombings. The 2005 film version strongly highlights this, with [[{{Jerkass}} Edmund]] given the FreudianExcuse of particularly missing their father and resenting Peter's attempts to be a father figure to him.
* Sara Crewe becomes Lottie's "mamma" in ''Literature/ALittlePrincess''. It's explained in the novel that Lottie's mother has died, and her father, described as a "flighty young man", has placed her in boarding school because he doesn't quite know what to do with her.
* In the ''Malaussène'' saga by Daniel Pennac, Benjamin Malaussène raises his mother’s children.
* In the ''Literature/{{Newsflesh}}'' series, Alaric ends up raising his younger sister, Alisa, after she's forced to [[SelfMadeOrphan kill their parents]] and brother during the second Rising.
* Renie Sulaweyo, protagonist of Creator/TadWilliams' ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' series, is forced into caring for her brother, Stephen, due to her mother's death and her father's degeneration into an irresponsible drunkard. As a variation of the trope, however, she is an adult.
* In ''Literature/TheOutsiders'', the main character Ponyboy and his brother Sodapop are under the legal guardianship of their older brother Darryl after the death of their parents.
* J.M. Barrie grew up listening to his mother tell stories about her childhood, when she was an orphan and had to singlehandedly care for her brothers. These helped to inspire his book and play ''Literature/PeterPan'', specifically the character of Wendy, who plays mom to both her brothers while they're in Neverland. In a reversal of the process, she also acts as "mother" to [[TeamMom the Lost Boys]], who eventually get adopted by her parents and raised as her brothers. Demotion to Sibling?
* ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'': Mr. Darcy has raised his teenage sister Georgiana since their parents died when she was a child. He had help from his cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam and his staff, but it's clear Mr. Darcy is Georgiana's primary caretaker.
* ''[[Litterature/{{REEL}} REAL]]'' has [[CoolOldGuy Den]], who singlehandedly raised his granddaughter Fasia because her parents were [[LonersAreFreaks such internet addicts]] that they only ever logged out of TheMetaverse to eat, bathe and get some sleep, [[ParentalAbandonment completely neglecting their only child.]]
* Happens in Creator/KAApplegate's and Creator/MichaelGrant’s ''Literature/{{Remnants}}'' series, especially to Jobs, who takes the role for both his own little brother and Billy, who is oddly vulnerable despite being about Jobs' age. Also more literally with Mark, who raised his little brother D-Caf after their parents' deaths. He didn't do a very great job, being moody and mercurial, but was [[PapaWolf willing to kill]] [[spoiler:and die]] to get him and D-Caf to survive [[EarthShatteringKaboom the Earth's destruction]].
* Even while the children move from one guardian to another, Violet takes care of her siblings after they are all orphaned in ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', and [[spoiler: all three children]] become the parents of [[spoiler: Kit Snicket]]'s daughter after the Volunteer dies.
* In Michelle Paver's ''The Shadow Catcher'', a pregnant mother, whose husband was away at the army (and later dies) gives premature birth to a girl. Because there was no time to call the doctor and the family's servant had left them without a warning, her daughter Madeleine is left to be midwife. Did I mention Madeleine was ten years old? Then, the mother [[DeathByChildbirth dies]], and Madeleine takes care of herself and the baby with only the assistance of a medical textbook, until some relatives come to take them. Those relatives want to separate the sisters, so Madeleine has to come up with a story to persuade them to keep both of them. (She told them it was her mother's dying wish.) As they grow up, the younger sister develops [[IllGirl tuberculosis]], so Madeleine basically spends the rest of the novel acting MamaBear and doing various things which fall into the category of GreyMorality to get her sister a chance to grow up healthy and happy.
* Variant 2 is given a nice scrubbing and dusted off for Creator/TerryBrooks' ''Genesis of Literature/{{Shannara}}'' series. While there are adults around, the majority of them are either demons or holed up in fortified cities, petrified of everybody else. The main protagonists are pretty much all children of some sort, except for the Knights of the Word.
* Violeta from ''Literature/ShoshanYLaDamaOscura'' got this after losing the rest of her family. So she has to see over her little sister, Luisa.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' Lord Eddard and Lady Catelyn, parental units of house Stark, head south on matters of intrigue, leaving eldest son Robb to perform the lord's duties. He commands the household, deals with his father's bannermen, holds and scolds his younger brother Bran, and [[spoiler: even marches off to war to defend the family honor. At that point Bran himself might qualify for the trope, as he is then the acting lord in his brother's place and the only role model the even younger Rickon has left]].
** Viserys has been taking care of his younger sister Daenerys since their mother died giving birth to her. Too bad he's not very good at it.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'': After [[EarthShatteringKaboom Alderaan]], Tash Arranda is thirteen, only a year older than her brother, but their new guardians are [[OrphansOrdeal grudging]], and she veers between being sisterly and trying to guide and take care of him. They responded to the deaths of everyone they knew in very different ways; she wanted to withdraw from everything, but he became a reckless daredevil, and so Tash decides that she needs to look out for him in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear''.
* In Creator/LewisCarroll's ''Literature/SylvieAndBruno'', Sylvie is in charge of Bruno--particularly his lessons.
* In Magda Szabó’s novel ''Tell Sally…'', Dora’s guardian is her older sister Vicky. This changes by the end of the novel, which is at the beginning of the book.
* Sasha and Joe from ''Literature/TheTenetsOfFutilism'' adopt Joe's younger siblings after being forced to kill their cultist parents. Said parents left the children traumatized after actively crushing their dreams and making them watch a woman being tortured. Sasha and Joe try to be than that. They take the children on a trip around America hoping to bring them out of their depression. But by the end of the book, Sasha and Joe become preoccupied with managing their own cult, and the children are forgotten once again.
* The novel ''Tex'' (and the movie based on it) has the titular character being taken care of by his older brother Mason, since their mother died and their father tours the rodeo circuit.
* This is basically the entire premise of the novel ''Homecoming'' from Literature/TheTillermanFamilySeries. Dicey Tillerman and her three younger siblings are abandoned in a car in a supermarket parking lot by their mentally unstable (and, as it turns out, [[spoiler:terminally ill]]) mother Liza. When Dicey, who is all of thirteen, realizes that Momma's not coming back for them, she very calmly and rationally hikes the kids to their distant cousin's house in New England, which is where they'd been headed in the first place. From there, they then travel--again, by themselves--down to Maryland, where they find and move in with their grandmother. The sequel, ''Dicey's Song,'' deals with Dicey learning to give up the Promotion To Parent she'd been forced to shoulder when Gram legally adopts the four of them and the fate of their mother is learned.
* In ''Literature/TheTomorrowSeries'', Lee has to take on the job of raising his younger siblings since they were orphaned by the war.
* In ''Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles'', with his dad missing, his mom working, and his grandma's dementia, Gregor starts out with a lot of weight on his shoulders. Things don't get much better when he has the Underland to think about as well.
* In ''Literature/ValleyOfTheDolls'', fourteen-year-old Miriam raised her baby brother.
* In Creator/JamesSwallow's {{TabletopGame/Warhammer 40000}} ''[[Literature/BloodAngels Deus Encarmine]]'', when Rafen and Arkio were sent off to the Blood Angels, their father told Rafen to look after Arkio. Even when they are both Space Marines, he feels responsible for him.
* ''Literature/WickedLovely'': Ren and Leslie's mom walks out, and their dad is never home. Ren is sort-of promoted to parent, even though Leslie's the one left paying the bills. Ren doesn't make a very good parent.
* In the novel ''Winter's Bone'', main protagonist Ree is faced with raising her two younger brothers after her [[DisappearedDad father vanishes]] and her mother has an unspecified mental condition. Then it turns out her father failed to show up for his bail hearing. [[FromBadToWorse And put the house up for his bail. So if she doesn't find him, they'll all be out on the street.]] It sucks to be the grown-up sometimes.

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