It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, a meme created by The Broke and Bookish.
This week’s topic? Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101
I chose Friendships in MG Literature and focused in particular on friendships between male and female characters. Friendship dynamics are frequently explored in middle grade novels. Pre-teen and teen readers are all about looking outward, beginning to rely heavily on their peers and attempting to navigate the complexities of friendship dynamics. It’s developmental. It’s difficult. Mistakes are often made. What better way to develop a deeper understanding of friendships than in the pages of a book? I think these titles in particular feature wonderful relationships based on respect, acceptance, support and kindness. The friendships are not always perfect but these novels are perfectly suited to learning all about what it is to be a good friend.
Friendships worth reading about:
Chirp and Joey in Nest by Esther Erlich
Ivy and Paul in The Great Good Summer by Liz Garton Scanlon
Albert and Ally in Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Felicity and Jonah in A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
Circa and Miles in Circa Now by Amber McRee Turner
Peter and Annie in Wish Girl written by Nikki Loftin
Apple and Evan in Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly
Will and Maren in The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
Mo and Dale in The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage
Sophie and Matteo in Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
Can you think of another friendship pair that could be added to this list?
Well, I have done some more reading and I can!
Wren and Theo in Be Light Like a Bird by Monika Schröder
Azalea and Billy in Making Friends with Billy Wong by Augusta Scattergood
Cedar and Leo in Summerlost by Ally Condie