Book Classifications

The Discerning Parent's Guide to Books

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

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

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

Golden Earrings – Belinda Alexandra

Golden Earrings – Belinda Alexandra, Harper Collins, Australia, 2011 Rating: M (Moderate War Violence, Some gory references to injuries; Infrequent, moderate sexual references, including implicit and described sex scenes; mild … Continue reading

June 29, 2015

My Brilliant Career – Miles Franklin

My Brilliant Career – Miles Franklin, William Blackwood and Sons, Australia, 1901 (Later published in 1980) Rating: G (Mild Coarse Language; Some descriptions of poverty and alcoholism) Difficulty: 1 2 … Continue reading

January 9, 2015

The Rosie Effect – Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Effect – Graeme Simsion, Text Publishing Company, Australia, 2014 Rating: M (Infrequent, moderate coarse language; moderate sexual references; implied sex scene; some mild descriptions of medical procedures; mild drug and … Continue reading

December 4, 2014

The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion, Simon & Schuster, Australia, 2013 Rating: M (Moderate coarse language; moderate sexual references; mild alcohol references; mild violence; mature themes: infidelity, Asperger’s syndrome, relationships) … Continue reading

August 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

Tuscan Rose – Belinda Alexandra

Tuscan Rose– Belinda Alexandra, Harper Collins, Australia, 2010 Rating: M+ (Infrequent moderate coarse language; a couple of described sex scenes; one described rape scene; multiple rape references; infrequent moderate war … Continue reading

June 25, 2014

The Brain That Changes Itself – Norman Doidge

The Brain That Changes Itself (Revised Edition)– Norman Doidge, MD. Scribe, Melbourne, 2010. (First edition published 2008) Rating: M (Infrequent coarse language; Adult themes: Psychology; Chapter 4 (Acquiring tastes and loves) contains: … Continue reading

February 28, 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

Life without Limits – Nick Vujicic

Life without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life– Nick Vujicic. Doubleday Religious Publishing Group, New York. 2010. Rating: G (Some detailed description of sex workers and sex slavery in Mumbai, India … Continue reading

December 24, 2013

Helicopter Man – Elizabeth Fensham

Helicopter Man– Elizabeth Fensham. Bloomsbury, Australia. 2005. Rating: PG (Infrequent, mild Coarse Language; Mature Themes: Mental Illness, Homelessness, Foster Care) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Confident) Country of Origin / Focus: Australia Reviewed by: S … Continue reading

December 15, 2013

Hate is Such a Strong Word – Sarah Ayoub

Hate is Such a Strong Word– Sarah Ayoub. Harper Collins, Australia. 2013. Rating: PG (Mild Coarse Language (s***, bull****); Mild References to Racial Violence; Very Mild sexual/virginity references; Very Mild Drug and … Continue reading

December 13, 2013

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