Category Archives: Unconditional Recommendation

The Meeting Place (Song of Acadia #1)

by Janette Oke & T. Davis Bunn

Unconditional Recommendation: In Acadia, a chance meeting creates a strong bond of friendship and faith between an Englishwoman and a Frenchwoman during a time of hostilities and impending war between their homelands.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Song of Acadia, Book 1
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (1999)
Genre: Historical Christian Fiction

Awards: Christy Award for North American Historical (2000) Continue reading

Mattie’s Unspoken Vow (A Newly Weds #5)

by Margo Hansen

Unconditional Recommendation: A shotgun wedding to a stranger, a tangle of relationships, and strange circumstances happening all over Sand Creek make for an engaging and sentimental finale to the series.

Age: Young Adult
Series: A Newly Weds series, Book 5
Paperback: 322 pages
Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises LLC (2013)

Genre: Historical Christian Romance Continue reading

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

by Elizabeth George Speare

Unconditional Recommendation: Katherine “Kit” Tyler must learn to live in a Puritan community with her relatives but befriends the Witch of Blackbird Pond and risks being persecuted as a witch herself.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Stand Alone
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (1958)
Genre: Historical

Awards: Newbery Medal (1959), Dorothy Canfeld Fisher Children’s Book Award (1960) Continue reading

The Silver Chair (The Chronicles of Narnia #4)

by C.S. Lewis

Unconditional Recommendation: Jill Pole and Eustace Scrubb go to Narnia and on Aslan’s orders, embark on a journey to find the lost Prince Rilian of Narnia.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 4 (original publication order)
Paperback: 243 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (Originally published 1953 by Bodley Head)

Genre: Fantasy/Christian Allegory 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

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 series, Book 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, Book 3
Paperback: 281 pages
Publisher: Tate Publishing and Enterprises LLC (2012)

Genre: Historical Christian Romance 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, Book 2
Paperback: 387 pages
Publisher: Tate Publishing and Enterprises LLC (2011)

Genre: Historical Christian Romance Continue reading

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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