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A Father’s Promise
Children's Books / January 30, 2020

A Father’s Promise by Donna Hess is an adventure story set in Poland during the occupation of the Nazis in WWII.  Do not underestimate the fact that it comes from BJ Press.  It was very well done, both in content and in craft.  A twelve-year-old boy is sent by his father to live alone in the wilderness.  He befriends and raises an orphan girl. This story will evoke in young men virtue that stings with heartache and great compassion, yet the reader will not see it as a soft story.  I was truly engaged and found the truths of goodness rise up in a setting of much wickedness.

Anne of Green Gables
Children's BooksClassics / January 30, 2019

Anne of Green Gables is a 1908 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery (published as L. M. Montgomery). Written for all ages, it has been considered a classic children’s novel since the mid-twentieth century. Set in the late 19th century, the novel recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan girl, who was mistakenly sent to two middle-aged siblings; Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, originally intending to adopt a boy to help them on their farm in the fictional town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island. The novel recounts how Anne makes her way through life with the Cuthberts, in school, and within the town.

Prince Caspian
Children's BooksFantasy / January 11, 2019

Caspian is a treat. It is a window into a bygone era, not only in time, but into the human psyche. The fact that many of us do not, like Caspian, long for the “Old Narnia” is a genuine tragedy. For the river of heroism and nobility which in our day is but a trickle, still gushes strong and clean and pure from the source.

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
Children's BooksFantasy / January 9, 2019

This is at once very much a children’s story and at the same time a story for all people at all times. But it is best read through a child-like lens, remembering what it was like to hide in closets or imagine you were a knight or some other sort of hero, saving the day.

Matilda
Children's Books / February 4, 2018

Matilda is a whimsical, endearing treasure. If this book were a person it would be your best friend. The story is just simply lovable, as quirky and as comfortable as that old pair of slippers you love to lounge around the house in on Saturday mornings.