Friday’s High Flipper Five: Heroes
As the fabulous Bonnie Tyler was well aware, we’re all holding out for a hero. Someone strong, and fast, and fresh from the fight. Or, in the case of this Friday’s High Flipper Five, someone to root for as they travel the treacherous worlds of children’s literature.
Top 5 Heroes in Children’s Literature
1. Harry Potter, from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
The Classic Hero – he’s courageous, loyal, intelligent, strong, fast, and fresh from quite a few fights.
2. Lyra Belacqua, from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
“The girl destined to bring about the end of destiny”. Lyra is resourceful, cunning, quick-witted, and not averse to challenging authority (or the Authority).
3. Percy Jackson, from the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
“Half Boy. Half God. All Hero”
Says it all really.
4. Matilda, from Matilda by Roald Dahl
Heroically intelligent, fiercely loyal to Miss Honey, and brave enough to take on Miss Trunchbull, Matilda doesn’t save the world like the other three heroes so far on this list, but that makes her no less heroic in Book Walrus’s eyes. The telekinesis helps too.
5. Milo, from The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Milo isn’t particularly fast, or strong, and he’s certainly not fresh from the fight (though he is involved in an altercation between the Spelling Bee and the Humbug.) What makes Milo heroic is the way he changes along his journey. He starts off bored and uninterested in the world, but because of his experiences he becomes engaged with his surroundings, and is a better human being for it. Milo is the kind of hero we could all be. An everyday hero.