Do children still read Anne Frank?
21st century students react to this well-known story.
A determined young patriot saves West Point
Sophia's patriotism is put to the test.
Children defend the sanctity of human life
Two teens protect a child from being used as a pawn in wartime.
Kidnapped by slave traders
A ninth century Irish princess is taken by Russian sailors.
Thirteen-year-old girl turns mutineer.
The boy who never grew up
How did Peter get to Neverland?
A must-read for young and not-so-young adults
Nazi Germany seen from an original perspective.
The “weaker sex”?
Abbie Deal discovers the adventure hidden in ordinary life.
Royal family disappears
Only a magical castle can find them.
The legacy of a great author
A wonderful message for children and adults alike.
A book that builds character
A well-told, gentle and beautiful story that traces growth to maturity.
Hope lends beauty to even the bleakest tale
This remarkable story teaches history, humanity and hope. Why did I avoid it for so long?!
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'.
Historical Fiction for Teens
A series that puts heart into history.
A story from the Civil War.
My childhood correspondence with Laura Ingalls Wilder
Writing about Laura Ingalls Wilder is, for me, like writing about an intimate friend.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
An engaging story about true happiness.
The Icarus Project
Does scientific inquiry trump human rights?
The Trumpeter of Krakow
Everyone admires a young, courageous hero.
Palace of Stone (Princess Academy #2)
An outstanding sequel to Princess Academy which takes Miri’s exploration of the meaning of life, education, friendship and love to a whole new level.
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recommended: age-appropriate and entertaining
acceptable: not outstanding but not problematic
some reservations: contains potentially problematic scenes or concepts
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