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*Love Came Down At Christmas by Sinclair Ferguson

By Betsy | November 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

An excellent devotional for Advent for teens and up: meditations on 1 Corinthians 13 by Sinclair Ferguson.

Briar and Rose and Jack by Katherine Coville

By Janie | November 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Briar and Rose and Jack mixes fairy-tale motifs with clear themes of good and evil in a magical and satisfying adventure.

*Unwrapping the Names of Jesus by Asheritah Ciuciu

By Betsy | November 18, 2019 | 1 Comment

Mediate on the names of Jesus during Advent with this helpful, inspiring family devotional.

*Her Own Two Feet by Meredith Davis

By Janie | November 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Her Own Two Feet is the true story of a severely disabled Rwandan girl who finds hope and healing through a Christian aid organization.

Wildfire by Rodman Philbrick

By Janie | November 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Wildfire is a fast read that will take even reluctant readers into the heart of a fast-moving catastrophe.

Skyjacked by Paul Griffin

By Janie | November 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Wildfire is a fast read that will take even reluctant readers into the heart of a fast-moving catastrophe.
Wildfire by Rodman Philbrick. Blue Sky (Scholastic), 2019, 199 pages.
Reading Level: Middle grades, ages 10-12
Recommended for: ages 10-15
We wake up to the smell of smoke . . . The fire is still far away enough that we can’t see it yet, but to be on the safe side, Camp Wabanaski will be evacuated as soon as the buses get here.
That’s the first paragraph of this nonstop survival thriller. Within the next two pages, Sam Castine suddenly remembers that he left his phone still charging back at the cabin, leaves his place in the boarding queue, runs back to the cabin, searches for the phone, snatches it up, and runs back only to find his way blocked by exploding trees and a wall of fire. He’s on his own in the Maine wilderness, smack in the middle of the worst wildfire since 1947.
Nothing like a life-or-death opening hook! And the story picks up from there, with mad dashes and brief pauses, threats from crazed wildlife and mad bikers, fortunate nick-of-time finds, and a friendship forged in the worst kind of adversity. The bikers stretched my credulity a bit, and there would have been sufficient dramatic tension without, but otherwise the setting is so realistic you can hear flames crackling.
Especially relevant after two years of real-life devastating wildfires in California, this is a page-turner followed by an appendix crammed with valuable information on how to prepare for all kinds of emergencies. Don’t be surprised to find a preppie on your hands after he turns the last page.
Considerations:
As you might expect, the action is intense, and may be too much for sensitive readers.
Overall rating: 4 (out of 5)
Worldview/moral value: 3.5
Artistic/literary value: 4

The Light Princess by George MacDonald {Rabbit Room edition}

By Betsy | November 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

A beautiful new edition of The Light Princess complete with foreword by Jennifer Trafton, afterword by Andrew Peterson, and illustrated by Ned Bustard. The Light …

5 Questions for a Book Giver’s Interview

By Megan | November 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you like giving books for birthdays, Christmas, hygge, or any other reason, you may often be wondering: what would this child enjoy? We love …

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

By Janie | November 12, 2019 | 2 Comments

The Downstairs Girl explores the social mores and prejudices of late-19th-century Atlanta through the eyes of a resourceful and gifted Chinese teen.

Games of Deception by Andrew Maraniss

By Betsy | November 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Games of Deception is a fast-paced, gripping narrative about basketball, America, and the Olympics.