The Sorcerer of the North (Ranger’s Apprentice #5)

by John Flanagan

Conditional Recommendation: Now a fully fledged ranger, Will is assigned to his own territory but it’s not long before he’s sent on a mission to unravel the mystery of the sorcerer of the north.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Ranger’s Apprentice, Book 5
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Philomel Books (2008)
Genre: Adventure/Fantasy Continue reading

Warriors: Into the Wild (The Prophecies Begin #1)

by Erin Hunter

Conditional Recommendation: A house cat joins a clan of wild cats and becomes a part of their traditions, opposing threats from neighboring clans, and their battle for survival.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Warriors: The Prophecies Begin, Book 1
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Working Partners Limited (2003)

Genre: Fantasy/Adventure Continue reading

Little House in the Big Woods (#1)

by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Unconditional Recommendation: Young Laura Ingalls and her family make a living working the land and hunting the woods in 1871 Wisconsin.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Little House, Book 1
Paperback: 238 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (1932)

Genre: Historical Fiction Continue reading

Esperanza Rising

by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Unconditional Recommendation: When 13-year-old Esperanza moves from a ranch in Mexico to a farm labor camp in California, she learns to rise above her circumstances.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Stand-Alone
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc. (2002)
Genre: Historical Fiction

Awards: Jane Addams Children’s Book Award for Older Children (2001), California Young Readers Medal for Middle School/Junior High (2003), Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children’s Literature (2001), Pura Belpré Award for Narrative (2002) Continue reading

The Battle for Skandia (Ranger’s Apprentice #4)

by John Flanagan

Conditional Recommendation: Trapped in Skandia by the invading Temujai army, Will, Horace, Evanlyn, Halt and Erak must unite to defend themselves against the threatening enemy.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Ranger’s Apprentice #4
Paperback: 294 pages
Publisher: Philomel Books (2008)

Genre: Adventure/Fantasy Continue reading

The Icebound Land (Ranger’s Apprentice #3)

by John Flanagan

Conditional Recommendation: While Will and Evanlyn try to survive and escape captivity from the Skandians, Halt and Horace battle knight after knight in their efforts to reach Skandia and rescue Will.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Ranger’s Apprentice #3
Hardcover: 266 pages
Publisher: Philomel Books (June 26, 2007)

Genre: Adventure/Fantasy Continue reading

Irena’s Bond of Matrimony (A Newly Weds #4)

by Margo Hansen

Unconditional Recommendation: A letter ordering Irena to travel to America to become a bride brings love into Irena’s life—the love of the Savior, the love of a man, and the love of friends.

Age: Young Adult
Series: A Newly Weds #4
Paperback: 366 pages
Publisher: Tate Publishing and Enterprises LLC (2012)

Genre: Historical Christian Romance Continue reading

Emma’s Marriage Secret (A Newly Weds #3)

by Margo Hansen

Unconditional Recommendation: Emma Newly encounters mystery, danger, and love when she agrees to help her father on a case.

Age: Young Adult
Series: A Newly Weds Series #3
Paperback: 281 pages
Publisher: Tate Publishing and Enterprises LLC (2012)

Genre: Historical Christian Romance Continue reading

The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern #1)

by Shannon Hale

Conditional Recommendation: A betrayed princess must change her name and become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim her crown.

Age: Young Adult
Series: The Books of Bayern #1
Paperback: 383 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (2003)

Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tales Continue reading

Jade’s Courting Danger (A Newly Weds #2)

by Margo Hansen

Unconditional Recommendation: Tyler Newly, a saved Minnesota lumberjack, unwillingly travels to the city to interview and bring home brides for other men. Jade Crandall is working to provide for her family while trusting God to lead in her life.

Age: Young Adult
Series: A Newly Weds Series #2
Paperback: 387 pages
Publisher: Tate Publishing and Enterprises LLC (2011)

Genre: Historical Christian Fiction Romance Continue reading