TTT: 25 (!!!) Books w/ Characters’ Names in the Title

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. I started this list in my notebook early in the morning, and I thought of so many good ones, so this is going to be a somewhat longer list.

  1. George by Alex Gino
George by Alex Gino

Super-concise description: Transgender girl fights for the role of Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web

2. Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

Ginny Moon: A Novel: Ludwig, Benjamin: 9780778330165: Books

Super-concise description: Autistic girl in foster care is manipulated by abusive mother.

3. Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha - Wikipedia

Super-concise description: Irish hellion from broken family terrorizes other kids, including his brother.

4. Birdie and Me by J.M.M. Nuanez

Birdie and Me - Kindle edition by Nuanez, J. M. M.. Children Kindle eBooks  @

Super-concise description: A girl and her effeminate little brother struggle with being sent to live with their uncle.

5. Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky

Gracefully Grayson - Booksource

Super-concise description: Transgender kid plays female character in stage adaptation of Greek myth.

6. Frankie & Bug by Gayle Forman

Frankie & Bug | Book by Gayle Forman | Official Publisher Page | Simon &  Schuster

Super-concise description: Two 80’s kids bond over the course of a hot, muggy California summer.

7. Lily & Dunkin by Donna Gephart Lily and Dunkin: 9780553536775: Gephart, Donna: Books

Super-concise description: Lonely transgender girl and boy with Bipolar Disorder bond. (review coming soon!)

8. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (Joey Pigza Books): Gantos, Jack:  9780064408332: Books

Super-concise description: Boy’s severe ADHD causes problems for everyone.

9. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel: Honeyman, Gail:  9780735220683: Books

Super-concise description: Oddball woman forms unlikely friendship while dealing with trauma.

10. Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Super-concise description: Genius girl battles evil teacher

11. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables, Mass Paperback: L.M. Montgomery: 9780553213133 -

Super-concise description: Brother-and-sister duo adopt irrepressible orphan.

12. Obie is Man Enough by Schuylar Bailar

Obie Is Man Enough by Schuyler Bailar: 9780593379462 | Books

Super-concise description: Transgender boy tries to prove self while swimming competitively.

13. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman: Gaines, Ernest J.: 9780553263572: Books

Super-concise description: Elderly ex-slave tells life story to reporters.

14. Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! by Sarah Kapit

Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!: Kapit, Sarah: 9780525554189: Books

Super-concise description: Girl with autism writes letters to her favorite baseball player.

15. Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

Marcelo in the Real World: Stork, Francisco X.: 9780545056908:  Books

Super-concise description: Autistic young man discovers bitter truths while temping at his dad’s law firm.

16. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe:  8601404293382: Sáenz, Benjamin Alire: Books

Super-concise description: Two Hispanic boys meet and fall in love, but one of them isn’t ready to acknowledge his sexuality.

17. Deliver Us From Evie by M.E. Kerr

Deliver Us from Evie by M.E. Kerr

Super-concise description: Butt-munch family discriminate against lesbian teenager.

18. Alice Isn’t Dead by Joseph Fink Alice Isn't Dead: A Novel: 9780062844132: Fink, Joseph: Books

Super-concise description: Lesbian trucker goes on quest to save girlfriend from monsters.

19. Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda: 9780062348685: Albertalli,  Becky: Books

Super-concise description: Gay kid falls in love with pen pal while being blackmailed by school douchebag.

20. Memories of Summer by Ruth White

Memories of Summer (Readers Circle): White, Ruth: 9780440229216: Books

Super-concise description: Tight-knit family struggles with schizophrenia.

21. Carrie by Stephen King

Carrie: King, Stephen: 9780307743664: Books

Super-concise description: Prank against nerd backfires horrifically.

22. The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko: A Novel - Kindle edition by Stambach,  Scott. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @

Super-concise description: Disfigured Russian teenager falls in love in institution.

23. Luna by Julie Anne Peters Luna: 9780316011273: Peters, Julie Anne: Books

Super-concise description: Teenage girl struggles with sister’s gender identity.

24. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me: 9781626722590: Tamaki,  Mariko: Books

Super-concise description: Young lesbian stuck in toxic relationship.

25. The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

The Murders of Molly Southbourne (The Molly Southbourne Trilogy, 1):  Thompson, Tade: 9780765397133: Books

Super-concise description: A social outcast is trained to kill duplicates by her parents.

Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? Make sure to comment and link to your own TTT lists! 🙂

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