Monday, August 30, 2010

Middle Grade Titles

I like names in titles. Here are some examples (old and new) that spring to mind:

  • Beezus and Ramona (Beverly Cleary)
  • Philippa Fisher’s Fairy Godsister (Liz Kessler)
  • Maggie Bean Stays Afloat (Tricia Rayburn)
  • Midnight for Charlie Bone (Jenny Nimmo)
  • Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism (Georgia Byng)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone (J. K. Rowling)
  • Rufus M. (Eleanor Estes)
  • Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos (R. L. LaFevers)
  • Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians (Brandon Sanderson)
  • The Tunnel of Hugsy Goode (Eleanor Estes)
  • James and the Giant Peach (Roald Dahl)
  • Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth (E. L. Konigsburg) -- because if one name is good, five must be better …
Names in titles let me know that waiting in the pages of the book, there’s a character worth getting to know.

It works in adult fiction, YA, and picture books, too. Jane Eyre! An Abundance of Katherines! Skippyjon Jones!

What are your favorite name-titles?


Marcia said...

The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z is a recent goodie.

Ruth Donnelly said...

Oh, yes, that's a good one!

Catherine A. Winn said...

Violet Raines Almost Got Struck By Lightning by Danette Haworth

Ruth Donnelly said...

I've been meaning to read that one, Catherine.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

I never thought of it that way, having a name giving you an introduction right away to a character. Hmm....

Nora MacFarlane said...

Dracula (sitting on my table as we speak)

Ruth Donnelly said...

Ooh, I LOVE Dracula! I read it for the first time last year.