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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 re...

An orphaned boy and a kidnapped horse gallop for Narnia...and freedom. The Horse and His Boy is a wonderful, often surprising, and always engaging adventure.

The Prince of Narnia has gone missing and it's up to Jill, Eustace, and a curious Marshwiggle named Puddleglum to find him.

The adventures of Edmund, Lucy, and the insupportable (but later quite wonderful) Eustace, their cousin, as they are once again drawn into Narnia.

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 ...

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.

Around the World in Eighty Days
Classics / February 4, 2018

I can't say enough about what an enjoyable journey this was. The characters were vivid and charming, the plot brisk (once it got going), and the language and descriptions were superb. Phileas Fogg, the main character, proved "equal to the task" as Verne says, coming off as an iconic figure who is both mysterious and surprisingly heroic.

Merlin’s Blade (The Merlin Spiral, #1)
Fantasy / February 4, 2018

Merlin's blade is a unique take on the Arthurian legends. Told mostly from the perspective of Merlin as a young man on the cusp of adulthood, the story has a decidedly historical feel. One gets the sense that considerable research went into the writing of this book. And yet the characters are what really shine here.

The Adventures of Robin Hood
Classics / February 4, 2018

Though I suppose it's now old enough to be considered a classic, this novel feels like a fresh retelling of even more classic material, making it accessible to a wider audience through simple, straight-forward prose. A wonderful romp from start to finish...

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.

The Last Motley
Fantasy / February 4, 2018

The Last Motley takes place in a world known as Arinn, which looks at first glance similar to our own world as it was somewhere in the Middle Ages - both veteran readers of fantasy and newcomers to the genre will settle in easily. Briar’s Glen, the village where protagonist Roderick lives, is a place of humble outdoor markets, cottages, and dusty dirt roads – a quiet backwater of Arinn. Quiet, that is, until the motley arrives.

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1)
Fantasy / February 4, 2018

As good as parts of this story are, and make no mistake they are excellent, this story fails on three major counts and one minor one: its tone, its vulgarity, and its theology, the minor failure coming in the world-building itself.

The Hobbit
Fantasy / February 3, 2018

Always near the top of the most sold books of all time, The Hobbit is delightful and fun and full of adventure.  The adventure asks great questions about moral and spiritual right and wrong.

The Lord of the Rings
Fantasy / February 3, 2018

What Tolkien has given us in the guise of a story, is hope in a fallen world. When the world offers us nothing but sadness and meaninglessness, Tolkien, though The Lord of the Rings, reminds us that, no, this is not the end. Evil and death and suffering do not have the final say.