From Western Lane to East of the Sun and More

Another month, another cool six degrees of separation! This month’s starter book is Chetna Maroo’s Western Lane, a book that appeals to me with its main protagonist (a eleven year old girl).

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From Western Lane to East of the Sun

Western Lane —> East of the Sun and West of the Moon —>  Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collection —>  The Moth Keeper —> Margaret and the Moth Tree —> The Ogress and the Orphans —> Anne of Green Gables  —> Western Lane

The Pairs

Western Lane —> East of the Sun and West of the Moon

The link: “west”

As always, I have not read the starter book – Western Lane – for this month’s six degrees chain of books. But a lot of things about the book appeals to me – the author (Indian origins), the young protagonist of the book and the blurb, the Booker Prize nomination, and so on… So likely to read this one soon..

Regarding East of the Sun and West of the Moon, I picked up the picture book edition by Susanna Davidson and loved it. There are many other editions as well with a more original rendition of this tale (along with others in a collection of folktales). Here is one I recommend if you wish to read them – East of the Sun and West of the Moon – Old Tales from the North by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen with illustrations by the amazing Kay Nielsen.

(Age range for East of the Sun: picture book edition: 2 – 18 years, and up!!)

East of the Sun and West of the Moon —>  Trickster

The link: folktales and fairytales

I love reading folktales from around the world, and given this is Native American Heritage month, I decided to link the Nordic folktale from above to a great collection of Native American folktales. Check out my review of this anthology – Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collectionhere.

(Age range for Trickster: 12 – 18 years, and up!!)

 Trickster —>  The Moth Keeper

The link: graphic novels/comics

Do you love reading graphic novels and comics? I do! As you might already know if you have visited my blog for a while now 🙂 So no wonder that one graphic novel led me to another. This time, it is a current read – The Moth Keeper – that is also part of the nominated books for the Cybils awards (I am a round two judge for the non-fiction category this year). It is a beautiful read so far – both in the storyline and the artwork.

(Age range for The Moth Keeper: 8 – 12 years, and up)

The Moth Keeper —> Margaret and the Moth Tree

The link: “moth”

Margaret and the Moth Tree is a brilliantly written book. Touching, humorous, magical, and just the right touch of whimsy make this children’s book a read for all ages. Check out my review here.

(Age range for Margaret and the Moth Tree: 7 and up)

Margaret and the Moth Tree —> The Ogress and the Orphans

The link: orphanage and magical elements

Thankfully, the link is just the magical elements and the orphanage. For while Margaret lives in a dreadful orphanage, the orphans in this next book don’t. Though the town itself is kind of dreadful. I loved The Ogress and the Orphans. And was glad to be part of the book tour (my review is here).

(Age range for Ogress: 10 – 18 years, and up!!)

The Ogress and the Orphans —> Anne of Green Gables

The link: orphan

Reusing the orphan link this time and linking the ogress to Anne. And also revisiting the graphic novel link from earlier!

While I am still not sure when I first read the series, I loved the graphic novel adaptation of Anne of Green Gables I read a couple of years ago. Check out my review post here on IG. Also, check out more of my thoughts on the book(s) here (you will enjoy this read, if I say so myself).

(Age range for Anne of Green Gables – this edition: 7 – 10 years, and up)

Closing the Circle

Closing the circle with the link – eleven-year-old protagonists – strong girls at that! Anne is all of eleven when she arrives at Green Gables. That leads me back to Western Lane – where Gopi is all of eleven too!

And Now, the End of this Post

Dear reader, once again, the usual set of questions for you on my #sixdegreesofseparation post ..

  • Have you read or heard about any of these books? Your thoughts on those you have read?
  • Also, any recommendations for similar reads?
  • And what do you think of this chain/six degrees of separation?
  • What would be on such a list/chain for you? Do let me know and do join in the fun as well once a month (the first Saturday) at booksaremyfavouriteandbest.

25 thoughts on “From Western Lane to East of the Sun and More

  1. I haven’t come across any of the books mentioned in teh post before. I do think that The Moth Keeper would be an interesting book to read.

  2. A captivating journey that I’m eager to explore. The title alone is intriguing, and I’m curious to learn more about the content of this piece.

  3. I have not read any of your books, not even Anne of Green Gables, even though I thought of having that on chain. Yours is a very interesting chain. I do like graphic novels but I don’t read enough of them.

    Thanks for visiting my Six Degrees post.
    TracyK at Bitter Tea and Mystery

  4. What an interesting an unusual post – I’ve only read Anne of Green Gables, but all of your books appeal.

    I do have some other Lucy Montgomery books, as yet unread – I know others have enjoyed them.

    The only graphic novels I’ve read are Persepolis, Heartstopper and all of the wonderful Wendy Weber collections by Posy Simmonds (which I suppose aren’t exactly a novel, more collections of her Guardian cartoon strips – but we do get to know the Weber family very well. And Simmonds has also published Tamara Drew, Gemma Bovery, Cassandra Darke and several others, all of which are novels.

    Thank you for your comment on my post – Blogger refuses to let me reply at the moment, despite the hours I have spent trying to alter my settings.

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