Top Ten Tuesday: On (KidLit) Mothers

Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish and this week’s topic is all about mothers.

[I’ll leave each blogger to figure out what they want to talk about here.]


Mothers I’d like to know more about. (Short stories, anyone? *gazes pleadingly at authors*)

  1. The Queen Thief from Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief books. (Gen’s mother)
  2. The Grand Sorceress of Seringapatam from Zen Cho’s Sorcerer to the Crown. (Prunella’s mother)
  3. (Unnamed) wife to the Abhorsen Terciel, the Clayr Arielle, and the Queen, from Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom books – respectively, Sabriel, Lirael, and Touchstone’s mothers.
  4. Empress Chenelo from Katherine Addison’s The Goblin Emperor. (Maia’s mother.)
  5. Muneeba Khan from Ms. Marvel. (Kamala’s mother)
  6. Anne Warden, Lady Heron of Elvenwood Hall in Elizabeth Marie Pope’s The Perilous Gard. (Cecily’s mother)
  7. Inej, Jesper, and Wylan’s mothers from Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.


I’m looking at awesome mothers / mother figures in kidslit! Considering how many mothers are either absent in children’s literature or get killed off, just surviving can be a real challenge, and being both alive and a great mom is a major achievement!

  1. Marilla from Anne of Green Gables : An older spinster, set in her ways, Marilla was looking to take in a boy to help with chores around the farm. What she got instead was a quirky, stubborn, fiery young girl, who turned her whole world upside down. Marilla became the mother that Anne had never known, and raised her with just the right blend of discipline and love, helping to create out of an unlikely assortment of characters a wonderful, loving family.
  2. Mama Llama from the Llama Llama series: Llama Llama is, like most small children, an absolute handful, but Mama Llama always knows just what to do. She perfectly embodies the loving spirit of her creator, the late Anna Dewndey, and exemplifies that incredible, almost superhuman patience that makes mothers a special breed.
  3. Mrs. Quimby in the Ramona Books : As a child, I related so closely to Ramona Quimby. Oh, my poor parents! Ramona’s mother isn’t perfect, but that’s what makes her feel so real, Ramona is a handful, and her mother sometimes loses her patience, but she never stops loving that crazy, wonderful girl. My particular favourite memory is when Ramona decides to run away, and instead of persuading her not to, her mother says she’ll help her pack! Sounds like my dear old mum… 😉
  4. Mrs. Frisby in The Rats of NIMH: When this little mouse’s family was in danger, nothing could stop her from saving them – no matter how terrifying, dangerous or life-threatening the obstacles. Seemingly timid, tiny, and weak, Mrs. Frisby had a core of iron, and a will that couldn’t be shaken.
  5. Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web: Charlotte the spider is both a biological mother to her thousands of spider babies, and an amazing, loving and dedicated adoptive mother to Wilber the pig. She educates and comforts her young charge, eventually even saving his life with her cleverness. Her brief life is a reminder of the fact that although our mothers and caregivers will one day leave us, the lessons they gave us, and the love they shared with us, will always remain.


The mothers I like to read in fiction (fantasy/sci-fi, specifically) are a mix of the kinds of mothers I hope I never meet IRL (or in contemporary fiction) and the kinds of mothers who already exist in this world and deserve some respect already. Here is a mother-character related wishlist:

  • The Other Mother from Coraline: She needs an origin story. Coraline was creepy enough by just hinting at one, so maybe just a short story published on Gaiman’s blog? I just. I can’t stop thinking about her?
  • Skybright’s Mother from Serpentine: Again, just a short story on Tumblr? Please?
  • Mother from The Bloody Chamber: I mean, the tiger hunting badass who shows up at the end of the short story by the same name.
  • Jack’s (Biological) Mother from Darkest Part of the Forest: We get a bit of her, but I want more …
  • Lillian Lynburn from The Lynburn Legacy: What was she like as a kid? As a teen? How did she come to choose to be a mother? Or did she get to choose at all? I need to know!

ALSO, YES, I SECOND JANET’S CALL FOR STORIES ABOUT THESE MOTHERS IN SIX OF CROWS! Jesper’s mother, especially, I need to know more about. <3

Readalong: Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan [1/3]

Readalong: Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan [1/3]

Well. This is it. Hope you—my probably imaginary audience, plus Nafiza—are all ready for the heartbreak that is “Unmade”, the final book in Sarah Rees Brennan’s brilliant trilogy The Lynburn Legacy. For those who need a reminder, here’s what happening now in dear old Sorry-in-the-Vale: Rob Lynburn is now the master of Sorry-in-the-Vale, and he […]