Friday, May 09, 2014

Ten of the greatest fictional underdogs

Phil Earle's books include Saving Daisy and the newly released The Bubble Wrap Boy.

One of his top ten zeros-to-heros in stories for children and young adults, as shared at the Guardian:
Stanley Yelnats in Holes By Louis Sachar

Another magnificent Stanley. Has there even been a more perfect book than 'Holes'?

How can a book about digging holes in the desert become the most breathtaking example of storytelling at its best?

Stanley is at the heart of it. The biggest loser in a long line of Yelnats losers, but with a heart the size of a lion.

The kid is a legend. So much so, we named our son after him.
Read about another entry on the list.

Holes is among Leah Hyslop's six best beverages in books and Sarah Moore Fitzgerald's top ten books featuring grandparents.

--Marshal Zeringue