A sidekick is the Boo-Boo to your Yogi, the Pokey to your Gumby, and the Samwise to your Frodo. Seriously, what would Frozen be without Olaf the Snowman? Let’s break down the similarities between Harry Potter’s sidekick, Ron Weasley, and Katniss Everdeen’s sidekick, Rue.
If you want your YA novel to mean something beyond puppy love and schoolyard woes, try weaving in a theme of death through survival, sacrifice, and immortality. I’m not talking about gruesome crime scenes or even grief– instead, explore the aspects of death that resonate with our humanity; the questions that touch our religious beliefs and our proudest choices.