Book Classifications

The Discerning Parent's Guide to Books

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

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

October 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy, United Kingdom, 1874 Rating: PG (Mild themes: Death, mental illness, relationships, infidelity; tasteful description of a corpse, description of suffering and death) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 … Continue reading

October 13, 2016

Sophie’s Journey – Sophie Collings

Sophie’s Journey – Sally Collings, Harper Collins, Australia, 2007 Rating: PG (Infrequent mild coarse language; descriptions of trauma and medical procedures) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Proficient) Country of Origin / Focus: Australia Reviewed by: … Continue reading

October 5, 2015

I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai

I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai, Text Publishing Company, Australia, 2014 Rating: PG (Moderate descriptive war violence and acts of terror; Moderate descriptions of injury and medical procedures; Moderate themes: Taliban, Religious … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas. France, 1844-1845 (Serialised) Originally: Le Comte de Monte-Cristo Rating: PG (Adult themes such as revenge and suicide; Some occasional violence.) Difficulty: 1 … Continue reading

June 10, 2014

Dear Mr. Knightley – Katherine Reay

Dear Mr. Knightley– Katherine Reay, Thomas Nelson, Nashville, 2013 Rating: PG (Mild sexual references, Mild Violence, Mild Themes: Foster Care, Child Abuse, Homelessness, Self Discovery, Deception) Difficulty: 1 2 3 … Continue reading

May 20, 2014

French Children Don’t Throw Food – Pamela Druckerman

French Children Don’t Throw Food – Pamela Druckerman, Doubleday, United Kingdom, 2012 Also Known As: Bringing Up Bébé Rating: PG (Sexual References in Chapter 2, few after that. Adult Themes: Relationships, Parenting) … Continue reading

May 2, 2014

Yesterday – Amanda Tru

Yesterday– Amanda Tru. Kindle Edition. 2012 Rating: PG (Mild medical/injury references, mild drug references, very mild sexual references, mild supernatural themes) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Easy) Country of Origin / Focus: United States Book … Continue reading

March 19, 2014

Belmont Hill: Showdown – Remy Lacroix

Belmont Hill: Showdown– Remy Lacroix. Random House Australia, Australia.2013 Rating: PG (Frequent, Mild Coarse Language; Mild Sexual references and attempted sexual assault in chapter 26; Teenage Themes including cattiness, competition, relationships, attitude … Continue reading

February 25, 2014

Inkspell – Cornelia Funke

Inkspell – Cornelia Funke. Cecilie Dressler/Chicken House/Scholastic. Germany, 2005 (Originally: Tintenblut) Rating: PG (infrequent low level violence; infrequent mild sexual references; infrequent mild alcohol references; moderate supernatural themes) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Easy) Country … Continue reading

February 1, 2014

Inkdeath – Cornelia Funke

Inkdeath – Cornelia Funke. Cecilie Dressler/Chicken House/Scholastic. Germany, 2007 (Originally: Tintentod) Rating: M (frequent low level violence; infrequent mild sexual references; infrequent mild alcohol references; moderate adult themes – supernatural, death) Difficulty: 1 … Continue reading

January 28, 2014

Inkheart – Cornelia Funke

Inkheart – Cornelia Funke. Cecilie Dressler/Chicken House/Scholastic. Germany, 2003 (Originally: Tintenherz) Rating: PG (infrequent low level violence – torture; infrequent mild alcohol references; low level supernatural themes) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Easy) Country of … Continue reading

January 25, 2014

God’s Smuggler – Brother Andrew

God’s Smuggler– Brother Andrew with John and Elizabeth Sherrill. New American Library, USA. 1967. Rating: PG (Very infrequent Coarse Language; Mild Political Themes; Illegal Smuggling) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Easy) Country of Origin … Continue reading

January 4, 2014

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