Q is for Quick-witted

Q is for Quick-witted

It’s day 17 of

the A to Z Challenge!

Otherwise known as the letter Q Day for my theme

Young Adult Novels and Novels with Young Adult Narrators.

Yesterday in the P is for Perseverance post, we discussed the challenging ordeals teen narrators face down. One way teens face down these obstacles is by using their brains to outwit circumstances. Today’s selections showcase two such young narrators.

Q & A

Q & A by Vikas Swarup

You’re probably more familiar with the title Slumdog Millionaire for this novel of a young man accused of cheating after correctly guessing all 12 questions on India’s quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion? Ram Mohammad Thomas must demonstrate his quick-witted nature both in answering the quiz show questions and in convincing the police that he did not cheat. Though this book was not written specifically for the young adult market, it will appeal to mature young adult readers. I’ve been assured that the novel is less graphic than the movie. Reviewers are mixed about whether they prefer the book to the movie. After the spectacular reception of the movie, the title of the novel was changed to match.

Queen's Own Fool (Stuart Quartet, #1)

Queen’s Own Fool by Jane Yolen

Queen Mary buys the orphan Nicola to serve as her fool. Young Nicola is not only the jester of Mary, Queen of Scots, but she also becomes the queen’s friend and confidante. When palace intrigue and betrayals plague Mary, the quick-witted Nicola is there to offer advice and honesty. Jane Yolen is an eminent author and researcher who has written award winning books for young people.

Have you seen the movie Slumdog Millionaire and/or read the book? If both, which did you prefer? Who is your favorite quick-witted character?

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Q is for Quick-witted — 6 Comments

    • Ah, and now you know! I think Queen’s Own Fool might be a good novel for students who want to see more of a girl/woman aspect of history.

    • I do, too. Those brains are often the weapon of the underdog–the one we all want to root for. I didn’t know about the origins of Slumdog Millionaire until I started searching for Q books. Movie to book would be an interesting comparison.

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