Top Ten Siblings in YA and MG Novels
This week's top ten list is a freebie, it just has to be about characters. I chose my top ten siblings in YA and MG!
Lark and Iris from The Lost Girl. These identical twins are nothing alike, but they've done everything together, including attending the same classes. So their world is torn apart when their parents decide to separate them for their last year at elementary school. There are also darker forces lurking about, trying to force the girls apart permanently. I loved this sweet novel about love, confidence, and adapting to change.
Cara, Alice and Sam from The Accident Season. This trio of siblings are so great! They're flawed, they're fascinating, and they're desperate to keep their family from being fatally harmed from what they call "accident season." If you haven't read this book already, you need to. It's one of my favorite YAs from recent years.
Meg and Charles Wallace Murray from A Wrinkle in Time. This classic tale of siblings time-traveling (and finding the true meaning of courage) is one of my favorites of all time. Both characters are so sharply defined, and their journey to Camazotz still gives me the shivers.
Evie and Cilla in P.S. I Miss You. This is one of the two books I picked where one of the siblings are missing. We mostly see Evie here, who writes letters to her sister because she's desperate for her support and advice. But why isn't Cilla writing back? It's a heart-wrenching middle grade book, and another favorite.
Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire from A Series of Unfortunate Events. These infamous siblings erupted on the middle grade scene back when I wasn't sure I was supposed to still be reading middle grade (I was in graduate school, and everyone around me was reading "important" literary fiction. It was a silly phase). I loved the craftiness of these siblings, and their resilience to everything evil Count Olaf throws their way.
Sadie and Mattie from Sadie. This is the other sibling missing choice, and like P.S. I Miss You, it's heart-wrenching. It's also deeply, deeply disturbing. I like everything Courtney Summers writes, but I understand if it's not everyone's cup of tea.
Suzette and Lionel from Little & Lion. Suzette and Lionel's relationship is strained, because Suzette has been away, and Lionel diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Suzette has mixed feelings about abandoning her old life to help Lionel, and things become even more complicated when they both start falling for the same girl.
Grace and Tippi from One. These conjoined twins (and yes, I definitely have a fascination about conjoined twins) are struggling for their independence, and make a decision that could very well mean life or death. Crossan's sparing prose makes this a quick but memorable read.
Od and True from Odd and True. This is historical fiction with a supernatural twist, with both sisters trying to defy gender expectations, and True battling pain from her disability. They're complex and interesting, and their bond is so strong, even with all the horrific events thrown their way.
Mara and Owen from Girl Made of Stars. Now, this novel about siblings is uncomfortable, thought-provoking, and ends exactly the way it should (in my opinion). Mara and Owen are twins, and best friends, until one of their friends accuses Owen of rape. Mara has to question everything she knows about her brother, and make the decision whether to believe Owen, or believe and support Hannah. It's a read that has stayed with me for a long time.
Who are your favorite literary siblings from YA and MG books?