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Sassy Sidekicks of Children's Literature

September 21st, 2009 (10:41 am)
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They are the best friends. The siblings. The next-door-neighbors.
They help solve mysteries. Stand up to bullies. Run student council campaigns.
They are the Sassy Sidekicks of Children's Literature.

They don't have to be sassy, mind you. I just like that word. However, they do have to be true sidekicks. For example, the members of The Baby-Sitters Club are main characters, not sidekicks, because each member has boonks written from his or her point of view. By contrast, in Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, Anne Shirley is definitely the protagonist, with Diana Barry as her best buddy and loyal sidekick.

Add your suggestions to the list by posting a comment with the book or series title followed by the name of the sidekick(s). I will add the suggestions of others and mark the books I haven't read with an asterisk. I put my own favorite sidekicks in bold.

The List (70 sidekicks so far)
An Abundance of Katherines: Hassan
Alice McKinley series: Liz and Pam
Anatopsis: Uno
Anne of Green Gables series: Diana Barry
Artemis Fowl series: Butler
Bartimaeus trilogy: Kitty
The Bermudez Triangle: Parker
Betsy and Tacy series: Tacy and Tib
The Book Thief: Rudy
Casson Family series*: Sarah
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Grandpa Joe
Coraline: The unnamed cat
Edgar and Ellen: Pet
Emily of New Moon trilogy: Ilsa
Enthusiasm: Ashleigh
Escape to Witch Mountain: Winkie the Cat
Freaky Friday: Boris
The Great Brain series: J.D.
Green Knowe series: Grandmother Oldknow
Gregor the Overlander*: Luxa and Boots
Harriet the Spy: Janie and Sport
Harry Potter series: Hermione and Ron
Heidi: Peter and Clara
Henry Huggins series: Ribsy
His Dark Materials trilogy: Pantalaimon
Inkspell*: Farid
Jimmy Coates series: Felix Muzbeke
Johnny Dixon series: Fergie
Keys to the Kingdom series: Suzy Turquoise Blue and Leaf
King Matt the First: Klu-Klu
A Little Princess: Becky
Little Women: Laurie
The Lone Ranger stories*: Tonto
Looking for Alaska: The Colonel
Lord of the Rings: Samwise Gamgee
May Bird trilogy: Somber Kitty
M.T. Anderson's Thrilling Tales: Lily and Jasper Dash
My Side of the Mountain trilogy: Frightful
Nancy Drew series: Bess, George, and Ned
The NeverEnding Story: Falkor
The Narnia series: Eustace Scrubb, Jill Pole
Nina Tanleven trilogy: Chris
Penny from Heaven: Frankie
Percy Jackson & the Olympians series: Annabeth and Grover
Peter Pan: Tinker Bell
Pippi Longstocking trilogy: Mr. Nilsson the monkey
Prydain Chronicles*: Eilonwy
Sabriel: Mogget
Series of Unfortunate Events: Duncan and Isadora Quagmire
Silverwing trilogy*: Kate de Vries
The Sisters Grimm series: Puck
Swallows & Amazons series: Captain Flint
Then There Were Five*: Mark Herron
To Kill a Mockingbird: Dill
Trixie Belden series: Honey
Un Lun Dun: Deeba
Under the Lilacs: Phebe
Voyage of the Dawn Treader: Reepicheep
Winnie-the-Pooh: Piglet
What Katy Did*: Clover
What Katy Did At School*: Rose Red

This list was inspired by Jen Robinson's Cool Girls from Children's Literature and Cool Boys from Children's Literature and Journey Woman's Great Antagonists of Children's Literature.

Comments

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: September 24th, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
brilliant list...

How about Eilonwy from the Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander - LOVE her.

And I could probably go through each of the Narnia Chronicles and find a different sidekick from each one, but I'll just name my very fave: Reepicheep from Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

~eisha (http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground )
Posted at: September 24th, 2006 12:31 am (UTC)
Re: brilliant list...

Hey Eisha! Can you believe I've read very little Alexander? I know TIME CAT would be right up my alley, and the Vesper Holly series has always sounded interesting.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: September 24th, 2006 05:40 am (UTC)
Re: brilliant list...

I never read Time Cat, but Vesper Holly is kinda fun. The Prydain books are totally great - engaging characters, lots of humor, and a satisfying story arc, plus lots of references to Welsh mythology and the Mabinogion. I highly recommend them for any children's fantasy fan. And if you ever saw Disney's "The Black Cauldron," DO NOT JUDGE THE BOOKS BY THE MOVIE! IT WAS CRAP!

~eisha (http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground )
Posted at: September 24th, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC)
Re: brilliant list...

I haven't seen the film. Don't worry - I always tell people to read books before seeing the films, and to never judge the books based on the covers or the films.

Posted by: Rosemary (rclementmoore )
Posted at: February 25th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
Re: brilliant list...

I adore Eilonwy from the Prydain books! The one good thing about that Disney movie was that I discovered the books.

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