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
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 Collection – here.
(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”
(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.