Four to Read More — New Points of View

And now we present Four to Read More, mini collections of four books that share some common theme, whether it’s the name of a character, a cover design quirk, or something else. Inspired by Kelly Jensen’s “Three on a YA Theme” series at Book Riot (take a lookwe’ll wait!), this series will highlight some books you may have missed on the shelves.

To kick off the school year, we are looking at novels offering new perspectives on classic stories. They are books that let us into the point of view of characters other than the original narrator. Gregory Maguire’s Wicked one example of a book using this device, building backstory for The Wizard of Oz. Here are four others that you can find in the library.

March by Geraldine Brooks

The Third Witch by Rebecca Reisert

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Throughout Little Women, Jo and her sisters pine for their father. This book follows Mr. March through his experiences as a soldier in the Civil War.
(available in print)
Shakespeare’s Macbeth, from the point of view of one of the witches.
(available in print )

Grendel by John Gardner

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

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Perhaps Beowulf‘s Grendel just needs someone to hear his side of the story….(available in print) In this prequel to Jane Eyre, Mr. Rochester’s first wife tells of her childhood and early marriage.
(available in print)

Do you have an idea for a Four to Read More theme? Email us and let us know!

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