For my list of favorites, I'm going with favorite young protagonists! I have to admit, I'm usually not a fan of books starring young'uns. I know, I'm weird that way. Occasionally, though, a book with a young protagonist will worm its way into my heart in a big way. These are the best of the best!
The Wee Free Men, by Terry Pratchett, took me by surprise a bit. I knew I'd love it, because it was recommended by some of my favorite readers, but I still dragged my feet for a while. Alas, I fell head over heels for the hard-headed, highly observant and resourceful young witch, Tiffany Aching.
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley, stars the best young female protagonist, the highly sarcastic, super smart, adept-with-poisons, Flavia de Luce. If you haven't read these books yet, she's just as great as everyone makes her out to be.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith, was another book I put off reading for-e-ver! And I kicked myself when I finally read it. I loooooved it! Francie Nolan is an insightful, strong young lady, and she grows up to be just as fabulous.
Bastard Out of Carolina, by Dorothy Allison, has one of the most sympathetic protagonists in literature with Ruth Anne Boatwright, or Bone. I felt for her, I pulled for her, my heart broke for her. What a powerful novel.
Finally, a young male protagonist! In Sweet Tooth: Out of the Deep Woods (volume 1), by Jeff Lemire, Gus is a half human/half animal hybrid raised by a religious fanatic. He's so sweet and soft-hearted and totally unprepared for a world full of terror and war. You can't help but root for him.
Are there any young protagonists especially close to your heart?