I'm certain you have heard of Dobby -the house elf from Harry Potter- and of Rue -12yr old girl from District 11 in The Hunger Games-. If you don't mind spoilers read on, because I need help. As you all know, SPOILER ALERT- both characters die. I have a similar situation in my book, which MUST happen. My main character's 9-year-old brother must die because this is my main character's black moment. But I need help creating an incredibly loved character that causes the same reader reaction as Dobby and Rue's deaths do. Bring on the hate mail my readers. Please help! Here are the important basic points for this character: 1829 America - fugitive slave doesn't know who his father is mother is captured friends die in a house fire that was purposely set by the townsmen Wanders off and finds a stray dog, names it, keeps it and adores it. The dog dies, and the boy gets upset (super sad) wanders off and does not return Excruciatingly slow death In my head, he is a sweet, curious child, who is also really optimistic and sensitive to discipline. I really want my readers to be like.