Sunday, July 28, 2013

Auntie's Day: The Cool Aunts of YA Literature

Today is Auntie's Day! Auntie's Day is a day to celebrate aunts, godmothers, and other women who play a large role in the lives of kids who aren't their own. To celebrate, we're looking at some of the cool aunts in YA literature.


13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson. When Ginny's Aunt Peg passes away, she leaves Ginny 13 blue envelopes, each decorated and numbered. In it she finds money and instructions that will send her on a whirlwind journey across Europe. Follow it with The Last Little Blue Envelope.

Amazing Grace by Megan Shull. Grace is a tennis star whose face is on every magazine, and she wants out. Starting over with a nose ring and a new name, Grace moves to a small village in Alaska to live a completely "normal" life, with her Aunt Ava, far away from tennis.

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter. The first in a series about life in an exclusive boarding school that trains future spies, Cammie's Aunt Abby is a CIA agent, sometimes teacher, and always awesome and one of Cammie's biggest sources of protection. Follow it with Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy.


Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen. When her fitness-guru mother travels to Europe, Collie spends the summer with her aunt, a greeting-card illustrator. Collie lost 45.5 pounds, thanks to her mother, but she still feels just as insecure, but her aunt and the other people in her aunt's life help Collie see her life in a different way.

Alibi Junior High by Greg Logsted. Cody's been homeschooled by his father as they travel the globe (Dad's in the CIA). He's had a new identity every week, but now he he's living with his aunt and has to try something new--Cody, the normal junior high student, which is something he is not at all prepared for.

Love and Haight by Susan Carlton. Chloe is spending New Year's Eve in San Francisco. She and her best friend are going to stay at her groovy Aunt Kiki's house and have a great time, except Chloe has another reason for coming-- she's pregnant and in 1971 California is one of the only places where abortion is legal.


Bindi Babes by Narinder Dhami. Amber, Jazz, and Geena have been fine since their mother died. Dad's at work all the time, and they get whatever they want. But when Dad decides they need more adult supervision and Auntie moves in from India, she's sticking her nose into EVERYTHING. So, they come up with a plan--marry her off. Soon they're interviewing every available guy in the neighborhood. Follow it with Bollywood Babes.

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. Told in interlocking short stories, Tan follows four Chinese women and their American-born daughters. Spanning time and continents, it's a look at multiple mother/daughter relationships and immigrant experiences. This is also a great on to look at many family friend "aunties." A modern classic, it was a teen favorite of mine.

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis. Joy and Sorrow are two fairies. Joy is godmother to Sunday, Sorrow to the prince. Their rivalry and ways have influenced too many lives for too long. Enchanted is part Frog Prince, part Cinderella, part Jack and the Beanstalk, with dashes of many other fairy tales.

Who are your favorite aunts?

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