Top Ten Rascals in Literature: A Provisional List

Published May 14, 2009 by Molly


1. Max (Where the Wild Things Are)

2. Curious George

3. Huck Finn

4. Pippi Longstocking

5. Scout Finch

6. Oliver Twist

7. Ramona Quimby

8. Holden Caulfield

9. Bre’er Rabbit

10. Harriet the Spy

…detailed analysis to follow.

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11 comments so far

  1. kavi says:

    Bre’er Rabbit!

    Oh man, it’s been at least a decade or two since I’ve seen that name. Enid Blyton FTW!

  2. tim says:

    Hows about Johnny Tremain?

  3. M. Hickling says:

    Wow! That’s an awesome list — I love this list!

  4. Brad N says:

    Good list.

    I think Holden Caulfield’s a bit old though?

    I would replace with Zazie from ‘Zazie dans le metro’. Foul-mouthed, free-spirited, causing mischief around the streets of Paris while avoiding the custody of her drag-queen uncle.

  5. Julia says:

    What nonsense to include Oliver Twist as” a rascal”.He was a brave little fellow who overcame overwhelming odds.Read the book!..Come to think of it, remember his version of “yes we can” was “can I have some more?”.A spokesman and a hero.

  6. matthew says:

    No Just William?

  7. Maria G. says:

    oh man …ramona quimby+max=my childhood lol

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  9. Ainsley says:

    Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. She’s always getting into trouble.

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  11. Hexnut says:

    Another vote for Zazie.