Youth Literature

Boys of Blur by N. D. Wilson

The Giver by Lois Lowry (Giver Quartet bk 1)

Gathering Blue by Loise Lowry (Giver Quartet bk 2)

Messenger by Lois Lowry (Giver Quartet bk 3)

Son by Lois Lowry (Giver Quartet bk 4)

Empire of Bones by N. D. Wilson (Ashtown Burials bk 3)

The Drowned Vault by N. D. Wilson (Ashtown Burials bk 2)

The Dragon’s Tooth by N. D. Wilson (Ashtown Burials bk 1)

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle –Although I found the idea for this story intriguing, I never really got into this book. Perhaps my expectations for the book were too high, but I thought the plot needed to be strengthened and further developed. I never felt like there was a strong climax.

Chestnut King (sequel to Dandelion Fire) by N. D. Wilson

Dandelion Fire (sequel to 100 Cupboards) by N. D. Wilson –At first, I was disappointed because this book wasn’t quite as good as the first book in the series. Focusing more on the suspense and adventure of traveling through different worlds, the author didn’t have as much humor in this book, which I missed. This was still a great, entertaining fantasy that I had trouble putting down!

100 Cupboards by N. D. Wilson –I loved reading this book! Wilson weaves his wonderful humor into this creative fantasy about a boy who finds a wall of cupboards in his room. Each cupboard leads into another world, and the boy discovers that mystery and magic shroud the house in a way he never could have imagined. I would recommend this book for both children and adults!

Leepike Ridge by N. D. Wilson –Great book filled with adventure, treasure, mystery, and colorful characters! Even though it’s considered children’s literature, I really liked this suspenseful book. N. D. Wilson has a wonderful sense of humor which made the story even more enjoyable! This books tells of the adventures of a young boy who finds himself swept into a maze of caves inside a mountain. I recommend this book for anyone 9 and up!

The Reb and the Redcoats by Constance Savery –In England, during the Revolutionary War, the four Darrington children move in with their grandparents and moody, strict uncle. Their uncle has been placed in charge of a young American prisoner of war known as the Reb. Despite their uncle’s apparent dislike of the American soldier, the children decide to befriend the Reb. I enjoyed this quick read and would definitely recommend it as a great historical fiction novel for children (the book is recommended for ages 10+).

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson –This children’s fiction book has been on my list for a while now. It was a fun quick read about the friendship between a boy and girl who create their own world called Terabithia. I was also pleasantly surprised to find the movie followed the book fairly well!

Kneeknock Rise by Natalie Babbitt –I love Babbitt’s children books! This one was a fun, short read, but Tuck Everlasting is still my favorite! The story is about a village next to a mountain. On the mountain dwells a mysterious, monstrous creature. No one steps foot on the mountain. A boy visits the village for the annual fair and sets out to discover the truth behind the mountain.

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