Educating character through fables
A collection of short virtue stories.
Romance in teen fiction
There’s nothing quite like a good romance. But what makes a literary romance ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for teens?
A book that builds character
A well-told, gentle and beautiful story that traces growth to maturity.
The Gift of Disability
If only we could see, as this author does, with the eyes of the heart.
One for the boys
Friendship, growing up, danger, peer pressure, Shakespeare, humour, remorse… and the meaning of life.
In Defence of Fantasy
Many people tell me they don't have time for fantasy. They prefer to keep their mind in the 'real world'.
This Author Should Be Compulsory Reading
Not just this one, but all of Spinelli's entertaining books should be compulsory character-development reading.
Need a Laugh?
This is the funniest, cleverest, most entertaining story I've read in ages. Keep the tissues handy, because it will have you crying with laughter.
The Door in the Wall
This classic Newbery winner teaches some important lessons.
The Penderwicks at Point Mouette (The Penderwicks #3)
The latest book in this charming series has a few things that need talking through.
Video Review: 5 Novels for Teens that Build Character
Need a book to inspire your teen to be a better person? Try these.
13 Gifts (Birthdays #3)
The tweens become teens in the next instalment of this great series for girls.
Video Review 1: Don’t Judge These Books By Their Covers
First video review from the Good Reading Guide - tell us what you think!
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|highly recommended: you must read this!
recommended: age-appropriate and entertaining
acceptable: not outstanding but not problematic
some reservations: contains potentially problematic scenes or concepts
not recommended: not appropriate for intended readers