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Question: This Sunday in the U.S. is Mother's Day, in celebration, what are some of your favorite books with strong mother/child relationships?This question was a tough one for me. Like many Disney movies, mothers are often absentee in YA books. Either that or their evil, or controlling or in some way the bad guy. YA doesn't do mothers very well most of the time. If you asked me to come up with a list of bad mothers that would be much simpler.
For me, one of my favorite would have to be Hex Hall. Sophie's mother has been as supportive as a non-magical parent can be to her teenage witch daughter. She learned everything she could about magic and raised Sophie by herself. They banter, they support and eventually they fight evil side by side.
Another mother/daughter relationship that I enjoy is Ruby & Elaine Oliver. It's not perfect. Often it's messy, with Ruby's mom going for chapters without talking to her daughter. But thoughout the series it's obvious that she loves her daughter very much. Why else would she buy a great dane to live on their tiny houseboat? Why else would they send Ruby to a therapist despite meager incomes? Elaine Oliver makes mistakes, a lot of them. But she loves her daughter. I love how complicated and messy their relationship is because it feels more realistic.