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!

Anonymous 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.