Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Who Are Smart


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Top Ten Characters Who Are _Smart_. 

We decided to share some of the most intelligent characters. Note: We use the word nerd respectfully and endearingly. We are nerds, and being a nerd is something anyone should be proud of.


1. Pudge from Looking for Alaska by John Green

I had to limit myself to one John Green character. Pudge is one of my favorite nerds. He can spout off the last words of famous folks. That takes a lot of brain power!

2. Auggie from Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Auggie is wise beyond his years. Instead of describing his deformities to readers, he says, “I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.” The way Auggie handles his appearance shows immense bravery, confidence, and intelligence.

3. Tyrell from Tyrell by Coe Booth

With a deadbeat dad and loser mother, Tyrell is guaranteed to fail, right? But he isn’t the average kid. Instead of giving up, Tyrell uses his brains to make money to survive.

4. Amber Appleton from Sorta Like a Rockstar by Matthew Quick

Amber is a total nerd, and I greatly admire how she handles the hellish situations that slam into her life. When confronted with tragedy, she still manages to spread kindness to others.

5. Pierre Anthon from Nothing by Janne Teller

Pierre Anthon is, perhaps, too intelligent for his own good. He teaches his young peers: “From the moment we are born, we begin to die.” While his statement takes a depressing outlook of life, Pierre Anthon can definitely be categorized as an extremely intelligent child.


1. Alaska from Looking for Alaska by John Green

You can’t have a list of smart characters without a John Green character. Alaska loves books and is wise beyond her years. Some of my favorite quotes from a book ever are about or by Alaska

2. Sam from Life From Outer Space by Melissa Keil

Sam is a big old nerd. Is he ashamed of it? Nope. He’s proud of his friends, movie knowledge, and World of Warcraft. Even when a sassy young lady enters his life, he never strays from his ways.

3. Tatum from Audition and Subtraction by Amy Fellner Dominy

Tatum  represents a population of middle schoolers that are not usually found in literature- a smart, math & music “nerd” thus making it so another group of girls will see themselves reflected in a book.

4. Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl

The first book worm I ever found in books. I finally saw myself reflected in someone although to a crazy extreme (I am not a genius, but Matilda was). It is great to have a main character who loves to read and learn.

5. Mal from Mal & Chad by Stephen McCranie

Mal is a genius and no one knows it. I mean he made his dog talk and has built time machines! He is one cool kid!

Who are some of the smartest characters you know? 

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