Beau Geste by Percival Christopher Wren (1924): A Tale of Decency, Chivalry, Altruism and Heroism

    Beau Geste by P. C. Wren is an adventure story and a convoluted mystery set predominantly in the African Sahara. The story jumps into the first mystery immediately, but that turns out to be a distraction from the central mystery - the theft of a precious gemstone. The two mysteries are related but … Continue reading Beau Geste by Percival Christopher Wren (1924): A Tale of Decency, Chivalry, Altruism and Heroism

Newbery Honor Book: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (1987)

    Hatchet by Gary Paulsen is a gripping short story about a thirteen-year-old city boy who survives a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness after the pilot suffers a massive heart attack mid-flight.Brian Robeson is flying from New York to Canada on a small Cessna plane to stay with his father for the summer. … Continue reading Newbery Honor Book: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (1987)

Books in a Series for Young Voracious Readers – Part 1

Some children read very quickly and are always asking for more books. Although all my children loved reading, two had insatiable reading habits. They were are both active and have interests in many different areas so it wasn't as if they sat around all day reading. They just had the ability to read extremely quickly.When … Continue reading Books in a Series for Young Voracious Readers – Part 1

Authors for Teens – Part 1

The books by authors I've listed here are those our children enjoyed reading in their spare time when they were in their teens. An asterisk means some of my children read it before their teens or that it's suitable for a younger age level. Just be aware that this is only my opinion & even … Continue reading Authors for Teens – Part 1

20+ years of Family Read Aloud Chapter Books

A growing list of chapter books I've read aloud over the past twenty odd years to my children (in no particular order). You'll probably notice certain authors cropping up regularly - I've listed books by the same author together. The books I've read were in most cases listened to by everyone who was present at … Continue reading 20+ years of Family Read Aloud Chapter Books