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Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who _____ (are musically inclined, have lost someone, have depression, who grow up poor, etc. I’m going to do this topic:
Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who Are Misfits
Hopefully you know what I mean by that. Anyway, my first pick is a sweet young children’s series. NERDS! (No, I’m not making fun of you) by Michael Buckley. All the main characters are or were misfits, nerds, weirdos, whatever you like to call it. Basically, the them was that it’s okay to be yourself and to grow up, and you shouldn’t care so much what other people think about you.
The next one is about a misfit, but not because of what you think. Okay, that didn’t make any sense. Anyway, the book is Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper.
Melody (the main character) is disabled, so there’s a LOT of things she can’t do, such as eating or drinking by herself, talking, walking, you name it, she most likely can’t do it. BUT just because your body is disabled doesn’t mean your brain is. Most people assume she’s not very smart, but Melody has a lot going on in that head of hers. All her life (has been a series of doors in her face… Hehe. Just kidding.) But imagine being
I love that picture. Anyway, I love the creativeness of this metaphor, of Melody being the goldfish. Because that is exactly what it’s like for her! At the end of the story (no spoilers, don’t worry!) Melody finally finds out how to be herself. I like this picture even better than the cover:
Melody is truly not just jumping out of an open hole she had missed before; she is breaking down a barrier to go somewhere she never thought possible.
A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban. Zoe is odd, and a boy that follows her home is even odder. (Is that a word?) Her dream is to play the piano, but when her dad brings home a wheezy organ, her perfect dream come true becomes fuzzy at the edges.
Frostfire by Amanda Hocking. I read this book before the Trylle series (oops!) because I didn’t know there was a Trylle series! I better switch the gear to reverse and head back to the first book! Anyway, that doesn’t change my opinion about this book. It was fantastic. Period.
Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, what with her mother being from a different tribe, and all. Her difference isn’t easily overlooked, either. She missed out on her father’s traditional looks, so instead of brown skin and eyes, she has blond hair that can’t go unnoticed in a crowd of Kanins. I saw the cover and thought, oh, this is going to be a fun, sweet read. Well, I was right, but not how I thought it would be! Don’t be deterred by the pretty face. Bryn has a goofy boss (dare I say more?) and she won’t hesitate to kill you on orders.
Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. Ohhhhhh I love this book so much.
Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, with two loving adoptive parents. But her whole world is turned on its head when her parents die in a car crash. When her new best friend, a counselor that never grew up, and a poor family work together, can Willow start living again?
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli- This book touched me more than you can imagine. Stargirl was beyond unique, she was- oh, I can’t find the words for her. Fascinating. Pure. Hopeful. If you haven’t, well, you must read this book!