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Top Nine Fellow Bookworm Characters
I struggled finding material for this topic! As much as we love to read, it was hard to find books featuring bookwormy characters.
from Scribbler of Dreams by Mary E. Pearson
The first day of school – in a hated Crutchfield school, built on Crutchfield land – her mother prompts her to not spend all of her free time with her nose stuck in her journal. She’s not a reader bookworm, but she’s a writer bookworm, and it grates on her younger sister’s nerves as they both start a new school year (Kaitlin’s senior year) under the guise of their mother’s maiden names so as not to draw unwanted attention. Being a Malone in the Crutchfield world is just asking for a death sentence.
“I have no intention of keeping an eye on you. I have better things to do.”
“Like what? Scribble in your stupid journal? I don’t want the whole world to think my sister is some kind of loser.”
“Well, I certainly would’t want to damage your reputation by acting halfway literate – oh, excuse me. That’s too big of a word for you to understand, isn’t it?”
from Perfect by Judith McNaught
Julie was showered with love and devotion by her adopted family, and she is set to doing the same thing with the young children that enter her classroom each year. She is a respected teacher in her small Texas town, and she passionately lived her ideals. She is constantly thinking and riddling things out in her mind – especially after being abducted by a convicted murderer.
Julie is smart – very smart – but she is also naive with a heart left wide open. Never a good mix. Julie uses something she learned during some plotting of her own. She didn’t want to leave a trace of behind for the police to get their hands on: instead of writing a very telling note on a writing tablet, which would leave imprints of her note on the subsequent pages to be found by someone else after she ripped off the top page, she takes the entire tablet with her. Smart, no?
from The Road to Memphis by Mildred D. Taylor
Seventeen year-old Cassie is preparing for her dreams of college and law school. She’s reading books most don’t until they are in law school, and only then because it’s required. She is serious about her schooling and everyone knows it, especially her friend Moe, who wants nothing more than to help her achieve her dream. Everyone knows Cassie is going somewhere, and I think that adds a layer of pressure to her life, but she’s determined to go to school, learn, and get a degree.
from Land of a Hundred Wonders by Lesley Kagen
Gibby McGraw is brain damaged after a tragic car accident that took both her parents. Gibby is now NQR (Not Quite Right), a real challenge for a fledgling newspaper reporter. Especially when she stumbles upon the dead body of the next governor of Kentucky, Buster Malloy. Armed with her trusty blue spiral note-book, Gibby figures that solving the murder might be her best chance to prove to everyone that she can become Quite Right again. She’s about to discover that some things are far more important than all the brains in the world.
from A Time for Everything by Mysti Parker
After suffering the greatest of tragedies, Portia takes a tutoring position at the Stanford household. Prior to taking up domestic life, she taught for several years. She is adamant about education – and everyone having the right to one. She takes her job and her pupil very seriously, and incorporates the natural world into their studies.
from Real Santa by William Hazelgrove
George doesn’t do too much reading or bookwormish things in the book, but he has to have spent a great deal of time studying his craft of engineering. He has one shot to keep his daughter’s belief in Santa intact when she tells him the only way she will believe in Santa is if she can videotape him… and then tells her fourth grade class she will prove Santa exists by posting her video to YouTube. George devises a plan to land nine reindeer on his roof and go down his chimney, hiring a broken down movie director who eventually has him funding a full scale production that bankrupts him and and threatens his marriage.
from Neurotica by Eliza Gordon
Jayne is an interesting duck. 🙂
She works at a newspaper writing obituaries and garage sale ads by day and secretly scribing adventures in distant galaxies by night. After her therapist recommends that she write erotica as a form of exposure therapy, Jayne joins forces with pen and paper to combat the demons that won’t let her kiss and tell. Unexpectedly downsized at work, she adopts a pseudonym and secretly self-publishes one of her naughty books to make ends meet.
from The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti
Ahmed has a prodigal intellect that gets him accepted into one of the best American schools and out of the war zone that is Israel…even if it means turning his back on his family in order to do so.
Gifted with a mind that can solve mathematical equations, he uses his intellect to take an inspiring journey that will lead him to a life in America he could never have imagined for himself.
from The Publicist by Christina George
She’s up to her eyeballs in books, literally! Kate is a publicist with a large, respected New York publishing house. She finds herself at the mercy of a broken publishing system, books that don’t sell, and author egos that are often as big as the island of Manhattan.
As Kate tries to navigate the landmine of publicity, over-the-top author expectations, and the careful dance of “I’m sorry, your book isn’t on the bestseller list this week,” she also finds authors who are painfully overlooked by a publisher wanting more sex, more celebrities, and more scandal.