The Carpet People, written and illustrated by Terry Pratchett. Clarion, 2013, 261 pages. Age/interest level: 11-up Sir Terry Pratchett, grand old man of fantasy/science fiction, began his career at the age of seventeen, with this very book (the original version is included in the appendix of this edition). He revised Carpet People while in his […]
Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Square Fish, 2012. 387 pages. Age/interest level: 14-up. Linh Cinder is a teenage mechanic, the best mechanic in New Beijing. She is also a cyborg, part of her limbs robotic due to a childhood accident. Early in the story, Cinder meets Prince Kai, heir apparent of New Beijing. Kai needs […]
If you go back as far as I do, you remember the YA novels before there was any such category as “YA.” These were mostly insipid girl-meets-boy or girl-changes-boyfriend stories that I, little snob that I was, turned up my not-unsubstantial nose at. The other option in the early-teen fiction landscape was series books, chiefly […]
Will in Scarlet, by Matthew Cody. Knopf, 20134, 272 pages. Age/interest level: 12-up. We’re introduced to William Shackley as a callow, nervous 14-year-old on his first real wolf hunt. He has expectations to live up to: heir apparent to the family estate while his father is away crusading with Richard the Lionheart, he’s spent most […]
(Giveaway is now closed) The ever-increasing popularity of Middle Earth has brought a profusion of books written about both J. R.R. Tolkien and his created world. The recent Hobbit movies have focused this popularity on Tolkien’s prequel to The Lord of the Rings. Those who love to read about the unexpected journey of Bilbo Baggins […]
I have issues . . . more than I can count. I’m stubborn, prideful, a so-called religious fanatic, and a tomboy with freakish eyes. My family and upbringing are both abnormal, and I might be harboring a thousand-year-old spirit. Most relevant of all -I hate showing weakness. Eyes of Lightning (Thunderbird Legacy), by Erin Keyser Horn. […]
That’s a good New Year’s resolution for anybody, and the Christian publishing industry is always serving up new devotionals and study Bibles to help. I have my reservations about children’s devotionals, which I shared here. But some children, and some families, can benefit from them. Following Betsy’s post from yesterday (have you responded for the […]
Christmas brings into focus the mystery of the incarnation, when God, in the person of Jesus Christ, took on human flesh in order to meet the most pressing human need. I’ve been reading through Job again this December, and I’m impressed with how often the cry for an intercessor comes up. Job, who did not […]
C. S. Lewis at War: The Dramatic Story Behind Mere Christianity (Radio Theatre) by C.S. Lewis and Paul McCusker. Tyndale Entertainment, 2013. Ages 12 and up. It’s last minute stocking stuffer time at my house! But even if you aren’t frantically looking for one last gift, this is an audiobook I think many of you […]
As Hayley noted earlier this week, the much-heralded final volume of Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy was a disappointment. Much-heralded final volumes often disappoint, but what’s worse, they draw attention away from less-heralded novels that deserve notice. These three titles range wide in content and theme, but all are worthy additions to the literary, mystery, and […]
In the wake of Hunger Games’ popularity, it was inevitable that publishers would seek out new stories to capitalize on young readers’ dystopian interest. While most have been thankfully relegated to the trash bin of history, one series has managed to resonate: the Divergent series by Veronica Roth, a self-avowed Christian. The last book in […]
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