Six Degrees of Separation #6degrees

Hosted by Kate at Books Are My favourite and Best, the Six Degrees of Separation meme asks you to start at the same place as other readers, add six books, and see where you end up!

This month’s starting point is Maurice Sendak’s childhood classic Where The Wild Things Are. It’s possible that I first read this, or it was read to me, as a child but my first clear introduction to the book was while I was studying children’s literature as part of my education degree. I know I read it often while teaching, and to my children when they were little. It’s still on the bookshelf in the room my teenage boys share.

 

While an ocean appears in Max’s bedroom to take to where the wild things are, in the adult novel, A Lifetime of Impossible Days by Tabitha Bird, an ocean grows in Super Gumboots Willa’s backyard to help her to escape the ‘wild thing’ that is her father.

Super Gumboots Willa is her own superhero, so too is Elsa in My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She is Sorry by Fredrik Backman. This heartfelt story shares seven year old Elsa’s quest to deliver letters of apology on behalf of her late grandmother.

Atonement by Ian McEwan shares similar themes of regret, grief, and forgiveness after thirteen year old Briony mistakenly ruins a young man’s life. To be honest I found the book, which I read many years ago, tedious, but I did enjoy the movie (starring Keira Knightly).

There are several points of similarity between Briony and eleven year old Flavia de Luce, the main character in Alan Bradley’s series, which begins with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. Both, for example, are British, precocious, and lonely, however while Briony falsely accused someone of a crime, eleven year old Flavia de Luce, with a fascination for chemistry, sets out to solve a crime of which her father has been falsely accused.

Food links the title of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie to The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. On her ninth birthday, Rose Edelstein discovers she has a magical gift that is also a curse, she can taste the emotions of those who have prepared the food she eats.

Like Rose, twelve year old prodigy Paloma, in the Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery feels it is prudent to hide her thoughts. Her intelligence is both a blessing and a curse, it alienates her from her family and schoolmates to such an extent that Paloma is planning to commit suicide on her thirteenth birthday, until she finds friendship with Mr. Kakuro and Renee.

So there you have it, some of you may also have noticed that the six books I have chosen are also linked, each features a child narrator

 

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14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Davida Chazan
    Jul 07, 2019 @ 03:51:21

    Oh… We almost collided in our lists, since I had Britt-Marie Was here. And by the way, the book that Muriel Barbery (not Barbers) wrote before Hedgehog was The Gourmet, which also has to do with food (not as good as Hedgehog, but quite nice)!

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  2. Mary Daniels Brown
    Jul 07, 2019 @ 05:06:34

    A great list! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. kozbisa
    Jul 07, 2019 @ 09:11:53

    I am amazed every time I read one of these. I loved the connections you made, and really need to try to do this one of these days.

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  4. Theresa Smith Writes
    Jul 07, 2019 @ 09:29:30

    I love your first link! Brilliant!

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  5. Veronica The Burgeoning Bookshelf
    Jul 07, 2019 @ 09:32:45

    I love reading everyone’s 6 degrees. Clever connecting Shelleyrae. Also 5 of the 6 authors surnames start with B.

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  6. Kathryn Gossow
    Jul 07, 2019 @ 10:08:48

    Atonement is one of the times when the book and the movie are as good as each other.

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  7. Rosie Amber
    Jul 07, 2019 @ 16:45:21

    Wonderfull list, I’m added the last two books to my TBR list, they intrigue me. Thanks.

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  8. Kate W
    Jul 07, 2019 @ 18:53:42

    I’ve had the Backman and the Bender in my TBR stack for soooooo long!

    I loved Hedgehog – read it years ago but it’s a book I still think about and one that I will probably reread one day.

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  9. stargazer
    Jul 07, 2019 @ 20:35:04

    Well done for doing a full chain of child narrators! I like the food link.

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  11. Helen
    Jul 08, 2019 @ 23:32:50

    Great chain – I like your child narrator theme! I love the Flavia de Luce series.

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