Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Top Ten Rebels in Literature

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!
What a great topic!  The Top Ten Rebels in Literature...

10. Bradley Chalkers from There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar:  This is one of my favorite books from my childhood.  Basically, Bradley is an outsider in his 5th grade classroom.  He does everything that he's not supposed to, but when he meets the new school counselor, he is encouraged to try to be his best self, rather than settle for failure because that's what people expect from him.

9. Harriet from Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh: Harriet breaks all of the rules in her attempt to become a writer.  She does things her way.  Ultimately this gets her in trouble, but then she solves her problems and moves on.

8. Logan from The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin:  Logan is a boy baby-sitter, and that gets him a lot of crap from other guys.  However, he loves kids and Mary Anne, and at least until the screwed up Friends Forever spin off series, nothing can change that.

7. Mary Boleyn from The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory:  Mary chooses a very different pathway than Anne, and she ultimately refuses to be a pawn in the king's court.

6. Peeta from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: I chose Peeta over any other character because he seems the least likely to be a rebel.  Peeta has a quiet, soft nature, but from the time he lies and gives Katniss some burnt bread until all of the Hunger Games business goes down, he fights for what he thinks is important.

5. Hermione from Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling: Hermione, again, does not seem to have a rebellious nature at first, but I feel quite confident in her necessity in saving the world from evil.  When she chooses to stay in the wizarding world rather than with her parents, she really turns her back on her Muggle past and marches forward without any family.

4. Jace from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare: Jace is a naughty, naughty boy who does exactly what he is told not to, without fail.  He jumps out of that weird electric prison thing, jumps out of a window, and basically never fails to upset people.  I can't wait to see what he does in CoLS...

3.  Rose from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead:  Rose is the most kick-butt heroine I've ever read.  She's powerful and has a nasty temper.  Even when she gets in trouble because of her own screw ups, she never gives up and never backs down.  Plus what she goes to Russia to do later in the series... I could never do that.  I'm too selfish.

2. Tris from Divergent by Veronica Roth:  Tris directly rebels against her family and ultimately against society.  Tris' character development is amazing.

1.  Alanna from Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce: Alanna pretends to be a boy to become a knight, and she basically insists on finding her own way, never settling for the role society expects her to fill.


  1. I love Bradley! That book was one of my faves as a kid.

    Reading Lark's Top 10

  2. Love this eclectic list! Aw, Bradley Chalkers... I love the character development he goes through in that book. It's such a nice blend of humor and touching emotion.

    And yay for Peeta! <3 He's a great example of a rebel who's got a quiet strength, not showy.