What would Eleven read?

So far in this series of reading recommendations for fictional characters, I've made booklists for Walt Longmire, Katniss Everdeen, Bilbo Baggins, and even Bigfoot

Now it's Eleven's turn. 

(WARNING: SOME SPOILERS AHEAD. If you haven't watched to the end of Season 2, you might want to stop reading here for now!)

Stranger Things

Eleven, played by actress Millie Bobby Brown on the Netflix series "Stranger Things" and "Stranger Things 2," was kidnapped as an infant and raised in the fictional Hawkins National Lab, where she was used for psychokinetic experiments.  

After escaping from the Lab, Eleven befriends four boys her own age: Mike, Will, Lucas, and Dustin. The boys have been friends since elementary school, and spend much of their out-of-school time playing Dungeons and Dragons.

In the series, Eleven is kept busy trying to avoid being found by the scientists at the lab and trying not to let a monster called "the Demogorgon" destroy the town. Still, she has a lot of downtime in Season Two, which she might spend watching soap operas on television...

...or she might spend some time with some great materials for the library.

Here is what I recommend for Eleven:

Xanathar's Guide to Everything

As a newcomer to the game of Dungeons and Dragons, Eleven would do well to heed the wisdom of Xanathar so she can be prepared for all monsters, in the game and in the middle of downtown Hawkins. 

Xanathar catalogs lore about adventurers and ponders methods to thwart them, and Xanathar's Guide to Everything offers bizarre observations about whatever its eyestalks happen to glimpse. 

Ready Player One

In this dystopic future novel, the main character Wade Watts must explore the virtual world of the Oasis to find hidden "Easter Egg" clues to solve the puzzle, win the money, and save the Oasis.  Clues are hidden in 1980s pop culture: movies, music, advertisements, and even an early Dungeons and Dragons game. 

Eleven will enjoy the pop culture references, especially if she listens to the audiobook read by Wil Wheaton, who can't help giggling as some of the fictional narrative includes...Wil Wheaton.

 

The Angel Experiment

Like Eleven, the characters in the Maximum Ride series have been laboratory test subjects. Max and her friends are 98% human, and 2% avian, which means they have fast reflexes like birds, they have hollow, lightweight bones like birds...and they can fly.

In The Angel Experiment, Max and the gang are on the wing, fleeing scientists who are right behind them...and trying to stay away from other kids who have also been part of the lab tests.  Fast action, narrow escapes, and lots of suspense will help keep Eleven glued to the pages of this adventure series.

A Wrinkle in Time

Meg Murray is a lot like Eleven: she is very smart, and no matter how much she wants to be "normal", it's not going to happen. But when the whole world needs to be saved, it's Meg who needs to save it.

This classic children's novel was originally published in 1962, but the story remains fresh and strong. The trailer for the forthcoming film made from the book looks very promising.

Eleven is fond of Eggos. Do you think we can expand her culinary repertoire a little bit?  

Will It Waffle?

Steak? Yes! Pizza? Yes! Apple pie? Why not? Waffling food other than waffles is not just a novelty, but also an innovation that leads to a great end product, all while giving the cook the bonus pleasure of doing something cool, fun, and vaguely nerdy. Who could ask more from a breakfast food?

I always like to include a wildcard suggestion in my lists. For Eleven, I suggest that she settle down with Hopper (or Mike), a big bowl of popcorn, and perhaps a hankie or two to watch the film version of the book that Hopper reads aloud to her during the series.

Anne of Green Gables

Anne Shirley is an orphan whom nobody wants...until she finally finds a home at Green Gables Farm.

Filmed on location at Prince Edward Island, Canada, and starring Megan Follows as Anne, Eleven will enjoy watching the story that Hopper keeps trying to read to her (but the book always gets interrupted by some monster or other) until together they can enjoy the final, satisfying, happy ending.

What else should Eleven read, watch, and listen to? Put your suggestions in the comment box!

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