Book Classifications

The Discerning Parent's Guide to Books

Monster Love – Carol Topolski

Monster Love – Carol Topolski, Fig Tree, United Kingdom, 2008 Rating: R  (Infrequent very strong coarse language, frequent mild-moderate coarse language; Strong themes of child abuse including neglect and murder; fairly … Continue reading

November 28, 2016

The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway, Charles Scribner’s Sons, United States, 1952 Rating: G  Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Proficient) Country of Origin / Focus: Cuba, United States Reviewed by: S … Continue reading

November 28, 2016

Deadly, Unna? – Phillip Gwynne

Deadly Unna? – Phillip Gwynne, Penguin Group, Australia, 1998 Rating: M  (Mild violence, including shooting and death. Moderate coarse language including racial slurs, a couple of moderate sexual references, implied domestic … Continue reading

November 28, 2016

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins, Doubleday, United Kingdom, 2015 Rating: M  (Moderate violence, Moderate sexual references, moderate coarse language. Moderate themes including domestic violence and alcoholism) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 … Continue reading

November 28, 2016

The Psychopath Text – Jon Ronson

The Psychopath Test – Jon Ronson, Pan Macmillan, United Kingdom, 2011 Rating: M+ (Infrequent, moderate coarse language; discussion of nudity and faecal matter in the context of treatment of mentally unwell patients; … Continue reading

October 24, 2016

All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr, Scribner, United States, 2014 Rating: M+ (Infrequent, moderate coarse language; Mature War Themes including: War (aggression, brutality and severe injury, murder), Mental Illness, … Continue reading

October 13, 2016

Nanberry, Black Brother White – Jackie French

Nan berry, Black Brother White – Jackie French, Harper Collins Australia, Australia, 2011. Rating: PG (Mild Violence, Description of death and illness, primitive medical procedures, Cultural conflict, Names of deceased Indigenous people, … Continue reading

October 13, 2016

Sapphire Skies – Belinda Alexandra

Sapphire Skies – Belinda Alexandra, Harper Collins, Australia, 2014 Rating: M (War: Dictatorship, brainwashing, political murder, deception, concentration camps including abuse of human rights and violence. Mild sexual references including one mild … Continue reading

October 13, 2016

The House on Carnaval Street – Deborah Rodriguez

The House on Carnaval Street – Deborah Rodriguez, Sphere, Great Britain, 2015. Rating: PG (Mild sexual references, Mild drug and alcohol references, mild violence, descriptions of festivals involving death and spirits, mild … Continue reading

October 13, 2016

Alcatraz 1259 – William G Baker

Alcatraz #1259 – William G Baker, Createspace, United States, 2013 Rating: M+ (Moderate Prison Violence, Mild Sexaul References, Moderate Crime, Moderate Coarse Language) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Confident) Country of Origin / Focus: United … Continue reading

October 13, 2016

Girl, Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen

Girl, Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen, Virago Press, United States, 1995 Rating: M+ (Semi-frequent strong coarse language; Mature Themes (mental illness and incarceration including references to suicide, shock therapy), mild violence, moderate references … Continue reading

October 13, 2016

Green Leaf in Drought – Isobel Kuhn

Green Leaf in Drought – Isobel Kuhn, China Inland Mission, Great Britain, 1958. Rating: PG (Moderate Political Themes, including political violence and mild torture, famine and near starvation. Strong religious/spritiual themes (Christian)) … Continue reading

October 13, 2016

Love in the time of Cholera- Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Penguin, 1989 Originally in Spanish: El amor en los tiempos del colera Rating: M+ (Moderate Sexual References including reference to prostitution and … Continue reading

October 13, 2016

The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton

The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton, Viking Press, United States, 1967 Rating: PG (Moderate violence including beatings, gang fights, murder, knives, broken glass and references to domestic abuse; Very mild, infrequent coarse language; … Continue reading

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