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Hosted by Books Are My Favourite and Best on the first Saturday of every month, the 6 Degrees of Separation meme asks us to start with one title and create a chain of bookish connections to see where it takes us. This month, we’re starting with the young adult classic, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume.
I’ve been a reader my entire life, so it might surprise you to learn that I’ve never read this book. And that leads us to my theme today–young adult/children’s classics that I’ve never read. I started with Time Magazine’s list of The 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time and chose books that had been published by the time I was a young adult, lo these many years ago, in the early ’90s. I’ve tried to link them in some way that makes sense based on their synopses. (If you’re curious, I also haven’t watched any movies that have been based on these books.)
The synopsis of Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret mentions that Margaret’s friends are shocked when they find out that she doesn’t have an affiliation with a particular religious group.
Kit has trouble with her religious community when she befriends the local woman known as The Witch of Blackbird Pond (Elizabeth George Speare).
Matilda (Roald Dahl) is another independently-minded girl who is surrounded by an awful principal and troublesome parents.
Brian, the main character in Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, is having trouble with his parents as well.
Brian is trying to survive in the wilderness, which has to feel like a personal dystopia. Jonas from The Giver by Lois Lowry, slowly learns that he’s living in a real dystopia.
Taran may live in a fantasy world but it’s one that also sounds dystopian since it’s under the rule of the Horned King in The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander.
And I’ll end by connecting one fantasy book to another fantasy, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. I can loop this back to the beginning by pointing out that this book, as well as Margaret, involve a circle of friends.
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