The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

It’s WWII and the Pevensie children have been sent to away from their family to Professor Kirke for safe keeping. But what are four kids supposed to do in a house without much supervision? During a game of hide and seek Lucy hides in a word-robe, but the wardrobe is not ordinary it is a […]

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Old Major a boar on the Manor Farm gets things in motion by teaching his fellow animals a song called Best of England.   This fills the hearts for the animals with a yearning to live in a society where they are free from humans.  Old Major dies shortly after.  Napoleon, Snowball,  and Squealer pick up where […]

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“I’m late. I’m late, for a very important date.” Alice follows the white rabbit down a hole into the world of Wonderland. Wonderland is a strange place were a sip of a drink can make you shrink and a bit of a cake can make you the size of a giant. This is a place […]

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Hester is a married woman who’s husband is away.  Hester has a newborn baby, but the baby is not her husband’s.  She has committed adultery and now has to wear the letter A on her chest  for all to see.  Hester will not give the name of the father of the baby and so she must bare the shame […]

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a chilling tale of what can go wrong when civility is taken out of humans.  A group of school boys are on a plane  during a war heading  for safety when they are shot down.  Their plane lands on an island.  No adults survive the crash leaving the boys […]

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

This classic by Louisa May Alcott is simply a must read for every little woman out there.  This Charming story is about four little women starting out in their lives.  The fun part is that the reader gets to observe them grow up, from childhood to womanhood and for some motherhood. Most of the story however revolves […]

Is Dystopian Fiction Tween Appropriate?

Lets face it dystopian fiction can be a bit depressing.  It can be  full of violence and other emotionally disturbing things.  But it can also bring attention to societal problems that can become catastrophic in the future.  One example would be the quest for sameness.  The Giver by Lois Lowry explores the consequences of this quest.  The society created by Lowry has sought sameness and in […]

Books About Tough Issues

Serving Young Teens and ‘Tweens by Sheila B. Anderson talks about how tweens are going through a lot at this stage in their lives. This is also a time when they begin to pull away from their parents, for this entry we will say they pull away from their parents as a source of information […]