Celebrating 11/11/11 with 11 Favorite Characters

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In the spirit of today’s very fun date of 11/11/11, I am listing the eleven fictional characters to whom I am most grateful for bringing pleasure to my life. Several of them are characters in books written for adults. Three of them are not human. It doesn’t matter. A good character is a good character. And, except for Wilbur from Charlotte’s Web, they are not listed in any special order. I love them all.

1. Wilbur

2. Hans Hubermann from The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

3. Jonas from The Giver by Lois Lowry

4. Lark from Lark and Termite by Jayne Anne Phillips

5. Alma Singer from The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

6. Nick Carraway from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Carraway is a midwesterner who is transplanted to the east. He is also an observer. I felt an immediate connection with him.)

7. Harry Potter from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

8. Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (Peter makes the list because this was my son’s favorite book when he was very young. Some of my best memories have to do with rejoicing in Peter’s exciting escape from Mr. McGregor’s garden!)

9. Scout Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

10. Jo March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

11. Mole from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

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