A is for Audacity

A is for Audacity.

It’s here!

What day is it? It’s day 1 of

the A to Z Challenge!

Otherwise known as the letter A Day.

What is it, you ask? And how can you participate? Bloggers from all over the world write 26 posts in the month of April, one blog for each letter of the alphabet, six days a week with Sundays off. Anyone who blogs or likes to read blogs can join in. Click here to get started! And be sure to visit other participating blogs and leave comments.

A reminder that my theme for 2017 is

Young Adult Novels and Novels with Young Adult Narrators.

Every day I will post the titles of one to three young adult novels. Today’s selection speaks to the trait of audacity.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

In this novel, Arnold Spirit has the audacity to challenge the pattern of growing up in his Spokane tribe, an environment plagued by alcoholism and violence, and attend a white high school. He is an outsider in both worlds. The Indians on his reservation feel betrayed, and the white kids in the new school don’t understand his background of poverty.

Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Anne Shirley, an orphan from one of the infamous Orphan Train runs, has the audacity to reach for a full family life even though she is initially rejected due to her gender. Despite the many difficulties of fitting into semi-rural, small town life, Anne never loses her spirit of daring and imagination.

Ask the Passengers

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

Astrid Jones has the audacity to question her sexuality, at first only voicing her concerns and desires to anonymous airplane passengers passing in the sky above her. Later she will develop the courage to speak her mind openly and admit she loves a girl despite the difficult consequences this will entail.

There you have it. Three young adult novels featuring protagonists with the audacity to challenge the hands they were dealt. Have you read any of these? Thoughts? 


Comments

A is for Audacity — 6 Comments

  1. Well, of course, Anne of Green Gables! Love that one. Must admit I don’t (anymore) read a lot of YA, but I’m always open to it. I’ll follow along and hopefully pick a few titles to add to my to-read list.

    • I agree. Anne of Green Gables is perhaps my favorite YA read. I love to give that book to students. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I have read another story about the Orphan Train, interestingly told from a perspective of a half (or full?) Indian of America who met an old lady who was on the train many decades ago. That was the first time I’ve heard about the Orphan Train but I’m not surprised it inspired more stories.

    • Ah, maybe the book you’re talking about is Orphan Train. It’s on my TBR, but I haven’t picked it up yet. Thanks for visiting!

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