RS (rainbowstevie) wrote,

Top Ten Tuesday: Red, White and Blue

Note: this is a queued post and will be linked to the main one when I get a chance.

This week's topic at That Artsy Reader Girl is "Books With Colors In Their Titles," and after spending all week with my brain spinning like a hamster wheel over all of the possible themes I could use for mine, I found that the majority of my favorite answers fell under this option, I think subconsciously because it is the 4th, albeit one month off from being extra-thematic.

TTT august 4
Heyyy, I like how the cover colors managed to predominantly* be red, white and/or blue too! This was entirely by accident.
(*you're breaking up the band, Fancy White Trash)
1. Big Red - Jim Kjelgaard (1945)
Honestly embarrassing how long it took me to think of this when I was struggling to come up with more "red" books. Almost as embarrassing as the fact that I can't remember the plot or any scenes very well. But I know it is a classic!

(side note: every version has a great cover, but I am drooling over the content of the 75th anniversary edition)

2. Red Unicorn - Tanith Lee (1997)
Third in the trilogy that starts with Black Unicorn. I have read that book many times and this one only once, so I don't really remember it, but although I didn't like the sequels as much, I still enjoyed them. I think.

3. Fancy White Trash - Marjetta Geerling (2008)
OK, I guess ONE 21st century rep gets on here, because my memory of this YA novel will always crack me up. The title is absolutely accurate; this is a trailer park family soap opera of epic proportions (3 related women, 2 pregnancies, 1 man! for starters), and it's as hilarious as it is over the top.

4. White Horse - Cynthia D. Grant (1998)
In which "white horse" is a synonym for heroin. This was one of my favorite books in high school because the writing was so sharp and vivid. It was a "twin book" with one of my other favorites, Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphry, for its "caring English teacher assigns journal-keeping and troubled girl spills secrets" motif.

5. White Stallion of Lipizza - Marguerite Henry (1964)
All right, THIS white horse is the real thing. A splendid book that doesn't get as much attention as many of hers, but is how I learned about the famous dancing horses of Vienna.

6. Whitepaw Goes North - David Grew (1948)
Sequel to The Wild Dog of Edmonton, more about the boy's owner trying to find his dog than the title and cover suggest, but there are still dogs around. And it's just as good of a book regardless.

7. Aunt Jane McPhipps And Her Baby Blue Chips - Frances V. Rummell (1960)
"About a widow investing in the stock market for the first time and being such a hoot that you completely forget what a dry and boring subject the stock market ought to be. Like Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle for grownups," in terms of the whisical writing style.

8. Blue Willow - Doris Gates (1940)
A Newbery winner for a reason. I mean, I liked it more as an adult than a kid, but I'm impressed by the level of detail about the Great Depression era and migrant worker life, plus some of the super-vivid imagery that lodged in my mind for years, like the capturing of a horned toad or the idea of Janey being given a nickel to spend "any way she likes" at the fair, where she runs into the most wonderful exhibit: a library booth.

9. Blue Smoke - Dorothy Lyons (1953)
One of my favorites of hers, in which a girl on a working dude ranch inherits a splendid blue roan quarter horse stallion, but must fight to prove her claim to ownership in order to keep him. It's everything that is the reason I love 1950s children's books, all optimism and self-motivated pluck and heroic adventures, plus lots of animal focus.

10. The Pig-Out Blues - Jan Greenberg (1981)
Stretching my limits here a bit to cover blue as a plural noun instead of adjective, but I love this book so much we're gonna let it happen. I read it multiple times in high school and still do every time I need diet & exercise motivation.

Review excerpt: An excellent picture of a 15-year-old with a tendency to overeat that showcases both healthy and unhealthy ways to lose it [...] but the lovely thing is that in the end, it's not really a story about weight loss or lack thereof, but of Josie finding acceptance for herself at school, through the production of Romeo and Juliet, and at home, which includes learning to accept her mother.
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