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Booklist: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Person

September 14th, 2015 (10:20 am)
artistic

Current Mood: artistic
Current Song: TCM commercial music

In sixth grade, we were instructed to draw a poster depicting life in Ancient China. My teacher pointed to my poster and asked me why a dog was pulling a cart.

"That's a horse," I replied.

See the Art in the Text

The protagonists in the following stories are much better at drawing and painting than I am. Some are photographers while others like to make crafts. Some paint while others sculpt. Clickable titles lead to my book reviews.

Chapter Books
Winnie books by Jennifer Richard Jacobson, illustrated by Alissa Imre Geis
- Winnie Dancing on Her Own
- Truly Winnie
- Winnie at Her Best

Juvenile Fiction (alphabetical by author)
The Education of Ivy Blake by Ellen Airgood
Pieces of Georgia by Jen Bryant (verse novel)
Brushing Mom's Hair by Andrea Cheng, illustrated by Nicole Wong (verse novel)
Miss You, Mina by Denene Miller
A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord
Various books in The Baby-Sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin, especially those revolving around Claudia
Dork Diaries series by Rachel Renee Russell

Teen Fiction (alphabetical by author)
The Pursuit of Happiness by Tara Altebrando
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Total Constant Order by Crissa-Jean Chappell
Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala
The Opposite of Invisible by Liz Gallagher
- Companion novel: My Not-So-Still Life by Liz Gallagher
Girl to the Core by Stacey Goldblatt
Girl Overboard by Justina Chen Headley
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
Breathing by Cheryl Renée Herbsman
Hold Still by Nina LaCour
Don't Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough
Graffiti Girl by Kelly Parra
Bad Apple by Laura Ruby
A Map of the Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell
Geek Magnet by Kieran Scott
Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick
Rain is Not My Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz (series)
This is What I Want to Tell You by Heather Duffy Stone
Fact of Life #31 by Denise Vega
A Little Friendly Advice by Siobhan Vivian
Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian
Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten

Bundle Up

As I said in my reviews of The Opposite of Invisible and Graffiti Girl, these books really ought to come packaged with sketchbooks. I wish more books about artists actually featured their artwork, just as I wish books about singers or musicians came with CDs. However, all of the books I listed above are so enjoyable that I'm content to simply imagine the artwork.

Art Works

Ooh! Let's not forget about The Plain Janes graphic novels by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg or Twice Told: Original Stories Inspired by Original Art, an anthology of short stories written by various authors and inspired by the artwork of Scott Hunt.

Word of the Day: Künstlerroman
As defined by Wikipedia:

A Künstlerroman (pronounced [/ˈkʏnstlɐ.roˌmaːn/], German: "artist's novel") is a specific sub-genre of Bildungsroman; it is a novel about an artist's growth to maturity. Such novels often depict the struggles of a sensitive youth against the values of a bourgeois society of his or her time.

Additional Artsy Booklists
But I Don't Want to Be Famous!
But I DO Want to Be Famous!
I Am a Dancer
Sing Sing Sing
Filmmakers in Fiction

Comments

Posted by: Claire Hennessy (iliketea)
Posted at: June 4th, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)

LW, have you put together a list about writers in MG/YA fiction? It'd probably be a long list, but would be interesting to see.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 4th, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)

I keep meaning to - can you say Wild Girls? - so please remind me!

Posted by: Claire Hennessy (iliketea)
Posted at: June 4th, 2010 02:52 pm (UTC)

Not to mention Ellen Wittlinger's 'Hard Love' and 'Love & Lies: Marisol's Story', Donna Freitas's 'This Gorgeous Game', Madeleine George's 'Looks'... :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 4th, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC)

So many great books!

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