1. Bill (stutters, family death, bike, silver, UK, flu)
I picked Paperboy by Vince Vawter for this character, because he, too, stutters, just like Bill.
2. Georgie (dead or missing child, boat, rain, flood, balloon fairground)
I went with The Child Finder by Rene Denfield for this one, because there's a missing child in it, and half the chapters are told from her perspective.
3. Ben (young love, library, troll, poem, dead parent, books, dam, exams)
When I saw the words dead parent, troll, library and exams, I immediately thought of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling. Because it has ALL that in it and more.
4. Bev (female author or MC, domestic violence, abuse, love triangle, fashion)
Since I avoid books with love triangles or about domestic violence I had to go with a female MC...and one of my all-time favorites is Elizabeth from The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch. And the fact that she's a girl who could care less about fashion seemed like an added bonus.
5. Mike (racism, farm, dog, photographs, rocks, crime investigation, fire)
The combination of racism and dogs instantly brought Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward to mind. Plus, they kind of live on a farm.
6. Richie (loudmouth, werewolf, glasses, voices, radio, TV, cinema)
So, for this one, I went with a book where glasses play a large role: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. It was one of my favorite books growing up, ever since my 5th grade teacher read it to our class.
7. Eddie (illness, protective parent, physical injury, driving, hospital)
I chose Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown because the main character is diagnosed with a brain tumor and ends up in the hospital, which seemed like a good fit for this one.
8. Stan (Jewish, suicide, birds, bath religion, park, notebook, boy scout)
The Troop by Nick Cutter is the only book I haven't read, but it is on my TBR list and it happens to be about a boy scout troop who runs into something creepy and deadly in the woods....sounds good, doesn't it?
9. Henry (bully, mental illness, tunnel, asylum, junkyard, knife, escape, assassin)
So it was the junkyard connection which made me choose The Winter of the Robots by Kurtis Scaletta for this character's matching book, because the kids in this middle grade novel discover something unusual hiding in the neighborhood junkyard.
Whenever I think of fear and carnivals, I always think of Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. Which is why I chose this as my last book for this list. (Although I'm not a huge fan of this particular cover.)
Thanks, Chuckles, this was fun!
Everyone else...feel free to play along.