5 Admirable Story Characters

Stories are both a window and a mirror. We read to find out about the world, and about ourselves. The characters below have inspired the LitWorld staff from childhood to adulthood. Each time we read these stories, we learn something new about both the characters and ourselves.

Anne Shirley from "Anne of Green Gables" by L.M. Montgomery

When Anne Shirley smashes her slate over Gilbert Blythe's head as punishment for calling her Carrot Top, we were in love. Her prodigious imagination, love of story, courage and yes, even her fiery temper, won us over again and again with each read and re-read of the Anne of Green Gables series. From Anne, we learn about the power of determination and impassioned bravado.

Rachel from "Eleven" by Sandra Cisneros

On the day of her eleventh birthday, Rachel has the unhappy misfortune of being blamed for leaving an ugly, smelly red sweater in the coat closet at school. In a voice full of wisdom and thoughtful reflection, she recounts the unhappy experience, explaining her reactions and thoughts through the voice of a girl who is not only eleven, but also one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine and ten. Rachel teaches us about the complexity of the human experience, regardless of age.

Auggie from "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio

Born with a horribly disfigured face, formerly home schooled Auggie decides to brave the halls of middle school as only he can, with kindness, sincerity and compassion. Despite bullying, peer pressure and tested friendships, Auggie stays true to himself and we admire his courage and clarity in the face of difficulty.

Charlotte from "Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White

Charlotte's cleverness and intelligence as she hatches a plan to save Wilbur the pig from his impending death captures our imagination and admiration. Charlotte is the first to befriend Wilbur in a barnyard of unfriendly animals, and goes on to become not only a friend, but a confidant, mentor and teacher. From Charlotte we learn the true power of words.

Ping from "The Empty Pot" by Demi

When the Emperor tests all of the children in his kingdom to see who will become his successor, Ping must confront his own frustrations and insecurities when he fails the test. We love Ping's quiet humility and his confidence as he approaches the Emperor with his test results, with unexpected results, of course.