Bibliophile Friday: Families

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November 11, 2016 by Zoƫ

The Young Jedi Knights series by Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta

So let’s start off with a throwback to my younger years, just to say that the Solo family is amazing. Am I upset that they’ve all been written over in the movies? Yes, I am. Though I understand why they did it. Nevertheless, we can all agree that Jacen is a million times better than this Ben fellow.

The Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce

One of the great parts of the Circle of Magic series is watching Sandry, Tris, Daja, and Briar grow together. This is my chosen/adopted family on this list. They’re lovely.

The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot

I always stick this series on my lists just because I enjoy it so much. Sure, it’s basically fluff, but it’s so much fun! And Mia’s family is great.

The To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han

I am not a huge fan of these books (I read them because Lara Jean is half-Korean, what can I say?), but the best aspect is definitely Lara Jean’s family. It’s so realistic and it’s fun to imagine having sisters.


The Young Wizards series by Diane Duane

Nita Callahan is at the end of her rope because of the bullies who’ve been hounding her at school… until she discovers a mysterious library book that promises her the chance to become a wizard. But she has no idea of the difference that taking the Wizard’s Oath is going to make in her life. Shortly, in company with fellow beginner-wizard Kit Rodriguez, Nita’s catapulted into what will be the adventure of a lifetime — if she and Kit can both live through it. For every wizard’s career starts with an Ordeal in which he or she must challenge the one power in the universe that hates wizardry more than anything else: the Lone Power that invented death and turned it loose in the worlds. Plunged into a dark and deadly alternate New York full of the Lone One’s creatures, Kit and Nita must venture into the very heart of darkness to find the stolen, legendary Book of Night with Moon. Only with the dangerous power of the wizardly Book do they have a chance to save not just their own lives, but their world…

I just posted this in a comment section elsewhere, but I want to expand on it a bit in this post. The way Diane Duane deals with family in the Young Wizards series is so good. All too often in young adult books, you have parents that are absent, because that’s an easy way to give the main character agency. But let’s be honest, absent parents are pretty unrealistic. This is where the Young Wizards books shine. The parents are not absent. Their kids are wizards and they’re still not absent. They’re actually really involved. And, just to digress a bit, but all the adults are involved. And they communicate with each other. And they communicate with the main characters’ parents. It’s all so good.

Also, stepping aside from the parental relationships, there are also great sibling relationships going on in this series. Wizard and non-wizard alike, there are just so many well-constructed, realistic, deep relationships going on in this series. This series is just so good. Go read it!

Meme hosted by Foxes and Fairy Tales and Whoo Gives a Hoot.

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3 thoughts on “Bibliophile Friday: Families

  1. Louise says:

    How did I not think of the Winding Circle family for this week? I love those guys and the way they made their family together. I haven’t read Diane Duane’s books but unexplained absentee parents are a annoyance to me too. This series sound like it’s really interesting.

  2. whoogivesahootblog says:

    Thank you for sharing! I absolutely love reading your post and can’t wait to see more Bibliophile Friday posts in the future! :)

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