corrie ten boom

Corrie Ten Boom by Kaylena Radcliff

The Torchlighters Biography Series: Corrie Ten Boom by Kaylena Radcliff. Christian History Institute, 2014. 93 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-10, ages 10-12 Maturity Level: 3, 4  The beautiful story of how God used the unlikely ten Boom family to hide Jews in the Netherlands during World War II is told in The Hiding Place by Corrie, 

Continue Reading…

Rappaport_Helen Keller

Interesting Picture Book Biographies (Librarians’ List)

Many people think picture books should be left behind in the preschool years. Megan and I heartily disagree with that sentiment, and we invite you to check out one of these picture book biographies at your local library to read through with your family of all ages. They are great jumping off points for more 

Continue Reading…

verity

Burdens of the Past

Seventy-three years ago, on September 1, German tanks rolled across the border of Poland and the conflict that soon became known as World War II officially began.  The literature is vast, even for children.  The weight is vast, too, with a level of destruction and death that we find hard to imagine.  War stories aren’t 

Continue Reading…

book-thief

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.  550 pages.  Reading Level: Young Adult, ages 12-15 Maturity Level: 6 (ages 15-18) and up Bottom line Summary: The Book Thief, a literary novel for teens and adults, explores Nazi Germany and the Holocaust through the eyes of a child, in prose that is often 

Continue Reading…