“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally–and often far more–worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” ~C. S. Lewis
One thing I’ve loved about this summer is having the time to read not only thick, long books, but also a few children’s books. Like Lewis said, if a children’s book is good, anyone should be able to enjoy it! Here’s a little about the children’s lit I’ve read so far this summer:
Leepike Ridge by N. D. Wilson
I just finished reading this book the other day, and really enjoyed it! I read an interview with the author and decided to give one of his books a try. The author has a great sense of humor (I highly recommend reading his biography on his website–very entertaining!) which made this book fun to read! On top of that, this book is filled with suspense, treasure, mystery, and colorful characters! The story is about the adventures of a young boy who finds himself swept into a maze of caves inside a mountain. I think anyone 9 and up would enjoy this book! I can’t wait to read more books by this author.
The Reb and the Redcoats by Constance Savery
Several years ago I loved reading this author’s book Enemy Brothers, so I decided to also give this book a try! This historical fiction book (recommended for 10+) is set during the Revolutionary War in England. In this story, four children are fascinated with a young American soldier being kept as a prisoner of war in their uncle’s house. Despite their uncle’s strict rules and strong dislike for the American soldier, the children attempt to befriend “the Reb.”
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Have you ever wished the characters in books were real? In this book, Meggie and her father come face to face with the characters from a book–and it’s not as wonderful as they imagined it would be. When Meggie and her father read aloud, stories literally come to life! They have to find a way to send the characters back into the book before their own stories have a tragic ending. I decided to read this book after seeing the movie. I really enjoyed this creative fantasy! I also read the sequel (Inkspell), which wasn’t quite as good but still enjoyable. Although I started the final book in the trilogy (Inkdeath), I didn’t finish it. The books become darker and overrun with villains while the protagonists become increasingly filled with hatred and ill will for their enemies. I just decided there were other books I’d rather spend my time reading! Even though it’s written for children, I would recommend these books for teenagers or adults.
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