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*Rise by Trip Lee

Listen to Emily’s audio review of Rise…coming soon! *Rise: Get Up and Live in God’s Great Story by Trip Lee.  Thomas Nelson, 2014.  240 pages.  Reading Level: Young Adults, ages 12-15 and up Maturity Level: 4 (ages 11-12) and up Bottom Line: Trip Lee’s Rise is a gospel-based, conversational book set to a hip-hop album soundtrack in which Lee challenges young adults to rise above low […]

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*Wise Words by Peter J. Leithart

Wise Words: Family Stories That Bring Proverbs to Life by Peter J. Leithart. Canon Press, 2003. 148 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12 Maturity Level: 2 (ages 4-8) and up In I Kings, Solomon notably asked the Lord for wisdom as a little child about to assume his father David’s crown. Proverbs is filled with Solomon’s […]

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Jonathan Edwards by Simonetta Carr

Jonathan Edwards by Simonetta Carr, illustrated by Matt Abraxas. Reformation Heritage Books, 2014. 64 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-10 Maturity Level: Level 3 (ages 8-10) and up Simonetta Carr continues her series on great men and women in church history with a biography on Jonathan Edwards. This fascinating story is full of illustrations that […]

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Hymns for a Kid’s Heart, Vol. 1-4 by Bobbie Wolgemuth and Joni Eareckson Tada

Hymns for a Kid’s Heart, Vol. 1-4 by Bobbie Wolgemuth and Joni Eareckson Tada. Crossway, 2003-2004. 96 pages. (Audio CD included) Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-10 Maturity Level: All A child who is becoming familiar with great hymns such as “Holy, Holy, Holy” and “Amazing Grace” may be blessed by delving deeper into the history […]

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*A Light for my Path: An ABC Book Based on Psalm 119 by Davis Carman, illustrated by Alice Ratterree

This book is a “Best of the Best” pick from our Winter Book Fair. CLICK HERE to see more gift ideas! *A Light for My Path: An ABC Book Based on Psalm 119 by Davis Carman and illustrated by Alice Ratterree. Apologia, 2013. 80 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-8 Maturity Level: 1 (ages 0-4), 2 […]

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Every Valley by Albert L. Blackwell

Every Valley: Advent with the Scriptures of Handel’s Messiah by Albert L. Blackwell. Westminster John Knox Press, 2014. 160 pages. Reading Level: Adults (16 and up) Maturity Level: 6 (15-18) and up Handel’s Messiah bursts on our ears this time every year even though many of the oratorio’s texts harken to the death and resurrection of Christ. Still, the Messiah […]

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I Survived True Stories: Five Epic Disasters by Lauren Tarshis

 This book is a “Best of the Best” pick from our Winter Book Fair. CLICK HERE to see more gift ideas! I Survived True Stories: Five Epic Disasters by Lauren Tarshis. Scholastic, 2014. 176 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, 8-10 Maturity Level: 3 (ages 8-10) Fans of the popular I SURVIVED historical fiction series by […]

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*Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus

Note: this review was originally published on February 4, 2011.  Heart of a Samurai, by Margi Preus, Amulet Books, 277 pages plus historical note and glossary. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12 Maturity Level: 4 (ages 10 and up) Bottom line: This Newbery-winning fictionalized biography for middle graders is as likeable as its hero, with […]

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Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen. Dutton, 2014. 259 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 11-12 Maturity Level: 5 (ages 12-14) When Maya’s dad, a college professor, found a quaint title from 1951 in his book stash and handed it off to her, she never expected it would change her life. […]

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El Deafo by Cece Bell

El Deafo by Cece Bell. Amulet, 2014. 241 pages Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-10 Maturity Level: 3 (ages 8-10) Cece Bell is the main character of her own story, told in graphic-novel format with all characters pictured as rabbits.  The story begins with a short but severe bout of spinal meningitis at the age […]

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Come On, Seabiscuit! by Ralph Moody. Audiobook read by Jim Weiss.

Come On, Seabiscuit! by Ralph Moody. Bison Books, 2003. 172 pages. Audiobook read by Jim Weiss. Greathall Productions. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-12, Young Adult, ages 12-18, Adult, ages 16 and up Maturity Level: Level 4 (ages 11-12) and up Seabiscuit was the grandson of the great thoroughbred racehorse Man O’ War, but as a colt he […]

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