When Courage Calls (Return to the Canadian West #1)

by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan

Unconditional Recommendation: A young woman leaves behind wealthy living to teach school in a poor, tragedy-stricken, Canadian mining town.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Return to the Canadian West #1
Hardcover: 329 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (2014)

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Sky’s Bridal Train (A Newly Weds Series #1)

by Margo Hansen

Unconditional Recommendation: Sky Hoffman travels across the ocean in search of her twin only to find adventure, friends, family, romance, and God on a bridal train to Minnesota.

Age: Young Adult
Series: A Newly Weds Series (Book #1)
Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises LLC (2011)

Genre: Historical Christian Fiction Romance Continue reading

A World Without Heroes (Beyonders #1)

by Brandon Mull

Conditional Recommendation: A thirteen-year-old boy accidentally falls into a fantastical world and is thrust on a dangerous mission to overthrow an evil and clever king.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Beyonders (#1)
Hardcover: 457 pages
Publisher: Aladdin (March 15, 2011)

Genre: Fantasy/Adventure Continue reading

Airborn (Matt Cruse #1)

by Kenneth Oppel

Unconditional Recommendation: Matt, a young cabin boy, helps Kate, a passenger, discover a new species and together they endeavor to save their airship from murderous pirates.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Matt Cruse #1
Paperback: 544 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (2004)
Genre: Adventure
Mood: Light/Gray

Awards: 2004 Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature, 2005 Michael L. Printz Honor Book (ALA), 2005 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, 2004 Red Maple Award (OLA) Continue reading

Love Comes Softly (#1)

by Janette Oke

Unconditional Recommendation: When Marty’s husband dies suddenly and she’s forced to marry a stranger to survive in the West, she comes to learn that love between neighbors, man and woman, and even God sometimes comes softly.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Love Comes Softly #1
Paperback: 237 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (1979)
Genre: Christian historical fiction

Mood: Light Continue reading

The Burning Bridge (Ranger’s Apprentice #2)

by John Flanagan

Conditional Recommendation: Ranger apprentice, Will, and his friend Horace are sent as envoys to Celtica in light of the coming war and they find themselves and their training put to the ultimate test.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Ranger’s Apprentice #2
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Puffin Books (June 26, 2007)
Genre: Adventure/Fantasy
Mood: Light/Gray

Award: Children’s Book Council of Australia Award, International Success of the Year Award (2007) Continue reading

The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger’s Apprentice #1)

by John Flanagan

Unconditional Recommendation: A 15-year-old orphan boy is recruited and trained to become a ranger and must, with his master, track dangerous creatures before evil Morgarath’s bidding results in someone’s death.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Ranger’s Apprentice #1
Paperback: 249 pages
Publisher: Puffin Books (June 8, 2006)
Genre: Adventure/Fantasy

Mood: Light/Gray Continue reading

Palace of Stone (Princess Academy #2)

by Shannon Hale

Conditional Recommendation: A young girl from a small mountain village must decide who to believe, who she wants to be, and which side to take amidst the political unrest of the lowland city.

Age: Mature Middle Grade
Series: Princess Academy #2
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (2012)
Genre: Magical Realism

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The Whipping Boy

by Sid Fleischman

Unconditional Recommendation: A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Stand Alone
Hardcover: 90 pages
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Mood: Light

Award: Newbery Medal

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