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

Eragon (Inheritance #1)

by Christopher Paolini

Conditional Recommendation: A fifteen-year-old farm boy discovers a dragon egg and when the egg hatches, he begins an adventure involving dragons, magic, an evil king, and fantastical creatures.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Inheritance #1
Hardcover: 497 pages
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf (2003)

Genre: Fantasy Continue reading

Flipped

by Wendelin Van Draanen

Unconditional Recommendation: A romantic story of growing up told from two different perspectives that will get you laughing over its lighthearted banter and leave you contented with its wonderful character development and even more wonderful ending.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Stand Alone
Paperback: 212 pages
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books (2001)

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Comedy Continue reading

Number the Stars

by Lois Lowry

Conditional Recommendation: In German-occupied Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns what it means to be brave as she helps her best friend Ellen escape from the Nazis.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Stand Alone
Paperback: 137 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company (1989)
Genre: Historical Fiction

Awards: Newbery Medal (1990), National Jewish Book Award for Children’s Literature (1990), Sydney Taylor Book Award for Older Readers (1989), Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Nominee (1990), Charlotte Award (1992), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award (1991), Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award (1992), Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award (1992) Continue reading

Fifteen (First Love #1)

by Beverly Cleary

Unconditional Recommendation: Fifteen-year-old Jane Purdy experiences first love and along the way learns that being herself is the best person to be.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: First Love #1
Paperback: 203 pages
Publisher: William Marrow and Company, Inc. (1956)
Genre: Romance, Comedy

Award: Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award (1958) Continue reading

The Secret Garden

by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Unconditional Recommendation: A story of mystery, transformation and new life for a neglected young girl, her fearful cousin, and an abandoned garden.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Stand Alone
Paperback:  358 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (originally published in 1911)

Genre: Classic Continue reading