These don’t necessarily have the best morals… generally they’re ugly duckling kinds of stories. We’re different because in some ways we’re better. That’s probably why they’re not listed in Some of my best friends are books (unless Caldecott or Newbery winners). But they sure are satisfying reads when you’re out of sync with your peers and you worry that the problem is you. Maybe we should celebrate our differences and not be so eager to squish square pegs into round holes (“Won’t fit? I’ll make you fit!”) After all, boring people seldom make history.
The Stanley Family (Also many other books by Zilpha Keatley Snyder… like The Egypt Game)
The Bagthorpe Saga
(Also Harry Potter..)
And a song for y’all.
“Anything other than that and you know you’re dealing with someone who is different, and different is not what you’re looking for.”
Are we missing any?