It’s what every child has to do, and they accomplish it with varying degrees of success. In a sense, “growing up” is the theme of every children’s book, either obviously or not so much. The best of them show the main character or characters changing in some significant way, usually through conflict. What the character [...]
Jepp, Who Defied the Stars, by Katharine Marsh. Hyperion, 2012, 369 pages plus author note. Age/interest level: 12-up. Jepp’s diminutive size has always been a source of amusement and comment for the travelers who frequent his mother’s tavern in Astraveld, Holland, but she loves him and defends his dignity. So it’s a bit of a [...]
Tomorrow we have a real treat for you: two Christian dads, one a pastor and one a teacher, who both happen to write books for young people. William Boekestein and Douglas Bond, together in one podcast, chat with Emily about the value of historical fiction, reading in the gospel light, and reading classics with your [...]
City of Orphans, by Avi. Atheneum, 2011, 350 pages. Ages 10-14. New York, 1893: “Look at someone on the street and you may never see that person again—ever. Then you bump into a stranger and your whole changes—forever.” Hawking newspapers on the street is no way to make a living, especially when all you make [...]
May B., by Caroline Starr Rose, Schwartz & Wade, 2012, 225 pages. Age/interest level: 8-12. “I won’t go.” “It’s for the best, Ma says, yanking to braid my hair, trying to make something of what’s left. Ma and Pa want me to leave and live with strangers. “I won’t go.” Twelve-year-old girls on the Kansas [...]
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