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Reviewing School Book Lists, Part Two: Death of a Son

Reviewing School Book Lists: Part One.  Part Two. (SUICIDE LIFELINE: 1-800-273-8255) Death of a Son On Monday morning, April 2, 2012, rumors swirled at Westwood High School that Nathan Austin, a senior, had died. Perhaps even taken his own life. Several teachers hurried to the principal’s office to find out the truth and put such […]

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Flight School

Flight School by Lita Judge. Atheneum, 2014, 32 pages. Reading Level: picture book Maturity Level: all An ambitious penguin arrives at flight school with visions of success. Teacher and Flamingo stifle their doubts and patiently include him until the truth can no longer be denied: “I’m sorry, birdie,” said Teacher. “Penguins just aren’t built to fly.” […]

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Grandmaster

Grandmaster, by David Klass. Farrar Strauss and Giroux, 2014, 226 pages. Reading Level: Young Adult, Ages 15-18 Maturity Level: 6 (15-18) What if you discovered that your nerdy dad is a superhero? That’s what happens to Daniel Pratzer—sort of, though Dad doesn’t suddenly zoom across the sky in tights and a cape.  Daniel doesn’t make […]

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Where Angels Tread

The Garden Gate, by Christa Kinde.  Zondervan, 2014, 301 pages.   Age level: 10-up Prissie Pomeroy can see angels.  In fact, most of her friends are angels.  In this fourth book in the Threshold series, change is coming to West Edinton.  Prissie and her family face change firsthand as their family business, both orchard and […]

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The Giver: Radio Review & Resource Round Up

RESOURCE ROUND UP Looking for a short summary?  Try Emily’s 8 min radio review for TW&E. For more depth, see Hayley’s teen discussion and summary. To orient yourself to the book and find discussion questions, see Valen’s book review and discussion questions. TALK AMONGST YOURSELVES: Let us know whether your family plans to see the […]

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What is War Good For?

How do you use the label “anti-war?” As in, “Saving Private Ryan is the best anti-war movie ever made, or “All Quiet on the Western Front ranks at the top of anti-war literature.” In 1969, Edwin Starr’s Motown song “War” became a huge hit. Its theme was simplicity itself: WAR!  What is it good for? […]

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Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey by Alex Milway

Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey by Alex Milway. Candlewick, 2014. Reading Level: Early Chapter Book, Ages 4-8 Maturity Level: All Charmingly illustrated with the same humorous touches James Marshall often added to his works, Pigsticks and Harold are delightful early chapter book friends you must introduce to your children. Pigsticks comes from a […]

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SRC Winners!

Thanks to everyone who read along with us this summer!  Whether or not you finished the challenge, we are grateful for each family that participated…and we hope that next year will be even better!  In the meantime, though, here are the winners for this year’s prizes.  I decided to award prizes to families instead of […]

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Reviewing School Book Lists, Part One

Reviewing School Book Lists: Part One.  Part Two. And the Winner Is…A Clockwork Orange? Since Janie Cheaney and I founded this website back in 2011, one of the top three posts has consistently been an early post on A Clockwork Orange.  I don’t think the post is especially perceptive or well-written; it’s part of a […]

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Thoughts on The Giver

During the Summer Reading Challenge, Redeemed Reader interns Amos Peck and Grace Olson, Valen Caldwell, intern at Breakpoint.org, and I –Hayley Schoeppler, Redeemed Reader’s executive assistant– got together (via Skype!) and discussed The Giver.  Here are some highlights from our discussion. Summary The Giver is written by Lois Lowry  . . . .  The protagonist’s […]

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SRC Week 6, Teen List: The Giver and Genesis in Space and Time

Other Summer Reading Challenge posts: Introduction, Week One: 1) Kids, 2) Teens, 3) Devotional.  Week Two: 1) Kids, 2) Teens, 3) Devotional.  Week Three: off Week Four: 1) Kids. 2) Teens, 3) Devotional. Week Five: 1) Kids, 2) Teens, 3) Devotional. Week Six: 1) Kids, 2) Teens, 3) Devotional. Welcome to our discussion of our final […]

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