Life Behind the Wall by Robert Elmer. Zondervan, 2014. 515 pages. Reading level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12 Maturity level: 4 (ages 11-12) and up This novel is actually a collection of three shorter novels published between 2008 and 2010: Candy Bombers, Beetle Bunker, and Smugglers’ Treasure. Together they make a family saga set in Berlin […]
Last Friday we had a fascinating discussion with our interns about some of the first titles of a brand new YA imprint from Zondervan. One of those titles, you may recall, was Merlin’s Blade, the first volume in a very promising trilogy called the Merlin Spiral, by a debut author. We expect to see more […]
To Skim or Not to Skim It’s seven o’clock, and you remember you have a book review due in the morning. But alas, you haven’t read page one! What now? Before you give up and turn to book report piracy, I’d like to recommend a tool that’s been very helpful for me: skimming! Let’s admit […]
Other Lemonade and Lit posts: Introduction, Week One: Booked, Week Two: Booked Discussion, Week Three: Beauty, Week Four: Sexuality in Booked, Week Five: Beauty Discussion, Week Six: The Last Thing I Remember, Week Seven: Klavan Discussion. Lemonade and Lit: An Adult-Teen Read Along, Week 6 Can’t believe we’re on our last book! Be sure to […]
Madeline L’Engle was a little-known novelist and mother of three when she and her actor husband, Hugh Franklin, decided to move from rural Connecticut back to New York City so he could re-start his acting career. Before the move, in the spring of 1959, the family took a ten-week, cross-country camping trip, during which she […]
“They know bits and pieces of the Old Testament—how God created the heavens and the earth, what rules he wants us to follow, how he worked through faithful believers to inflict justice on enemies. But they often fail to see how it all fits together as one story of grace from first to last, featuring […]
(Concluding a rather random survey of recent YA novels for girls from Christian publishers. Part one is here.) Beautiful, by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma. Thomas Nelson, 2009, 272 pages. The subtitle is Truth’s Found When Beauty’s Lost. Ellie Summerfield is the iconic high-school good girl: overachieving, daytimer-driven, service-oriented, kind, smart–and beautiful. Until an accident scars her face. […]
I remember when Jeanette Oke and “deliverance” stories were about the only options teenage girls had if they wanted to read some Christian fiction. The inventory has greatly expanded, especially in the YA category, and almost every secular literary genre now has its Christian counterpart, especially for girls. Does she like historical, cozy mystery, fantasy, paranormal, sci-fi, lighthearted […]
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