There is no place like home

Jennifer Minicus | 27 November 2015
Rendi did not know how hard running away would be.

A book that builds character

Kathleen Pacious | 21 July 2013
A well-told, gentle and beautiful story that traces growth to maturity.

The Gift of Disability

Clare Cannon | 31 May 2013
If only we could see, as this author does, with the eyes of the heart.

Navigating Early

Jennifer Minicus | 02 February 2013
A story of friendship, forgiveness and adventure.

The Lantern Bearers

Tim Golden | 28 September 2011
Aquila's soul-searching travels conclude Sutlciff's Roman Britain Trilogy.

11 Birthdays: realism with a fantasy twist

Clare Cannon | 08 August 2011
Wendy Mass writes highly enjoyable realistic fiction with a fantasy twist.

The Bronze Bow

Jennifer Minicus | 22 April 2011
Daniel, age eighteen, learns that only love is strong enough to conquer hatred.

Anna Maria’s Gift

Jennifer Minicus | 04 January 2011
A young girl suffers loss and learns forgiveness.

I am David

Jennifer Minicus | 21 November 2010
The human spirit overcomes many challenges in this moving novel.

Amos Fortune, Free Man

Jennifer Minicus | 16 September 2010
In this biography of an African slave, Yates demonstrates that to forgive can sometimes be human as well as divine.

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