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Books you have read about awesome/horrible families. Books that contain amazing stories about family dynamics.
Families tend to be absent in children’s literature so I usually notice the ones that are present. Here are some families I enjoyed reading about:
- The Demon Catchers of Milan by Kat Beyer featured one of the most interesting extended families I have had the pleasure of reading. From their love of food to their unusual profession (demon-catching), the Della Torres are a force to be reckoned with. I just hope the third book finds a way to get released so I can read the conclusion to this most excellent trilogy.
- To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. Though I found Lara Jean to be somewhat too saccharine for my tastes at times, her family is a fun one. Her sisters, Kitty and Margot, are both charming (though flawed) and her dad’s efforts to keep their family together heartwarming.
- A House Without Mirrors by Marten Sanden contained one of the most dysfunctional families I have ever read about but that is what made the reading so much fun.
- Geek Girl series by Holly Smale contains the craziest dad and the most awesome stepmother a girl can ask for. I had a lot of fun reading about them.
- The Goodnight Family series by Rosemary Clement-Moore contains a quirky coterie of supernatural misfits/cousins/siblings. A load of fun.
I’m going to assume “family” includes “extended family” also, okay? Okay.
- Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling: Leaving Harry with the Dursleys was a horrible plan and Dumbledore knew it.
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz: Best. YA. Parents. Ever. Yes, they are flawed but understandably so. Both boys’ respective parents are a special kind of adorable. The sad thing about them is that their kindness and unconditional love is what signals their fictional nature to me.
- The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare: I think Clary and Jace win all the awards for worst families ever, yes?
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: Simon’s family is just very, very interesting. And I especially loved seeing how Simon’s relationship with his father evolves over the course of the novel.
- Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona: I may not be Kamala Khan (I know, so surprising) but I relate to her and her family on such a fundamental level. I could happily read volumes and volumes of just Kamala interacting with her family. The Khans are all so endearingly earnest. <3
- The Emerald Atlas, The Fire Chronicle, and The Black Reckoning by John Stephens: the three siblings draw strength from each other, but their sibling roles are also a source of tension at times. The elder two focus their longing for a whole family again on their connection with one of their absent parents (daughter with mother, son with father), while the youngest, who knows their parents only through stories, meets a man who becomes a father-guardian. The family dynamics are a strength in this series.
- The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis. The family could have been taken from life, they’re so wonderful.
- Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson: very different sisters who love each other – and their (step)mother, no matter how much she complains.
- My Name is Mina by David Almond: for Mina and her mother, two extraordinary people.
- The Lion Hunter and The Empty Kingdom by Elizabeth E. Wein: because the love between brother and sister in these two books, even more than the sibling and parent-child relationships in the rest of this excellent series, is phenomenal.
- Other suggestions include: Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson; The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black; and The Mixed-Up Files of Ms. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg.
- By Diana Wynne Jones: Charmed Life, Conrad’s Fate, Archer’s Goon, and Deep Secret.