Book Classifications

The Discerning Parent's Guide to Books

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

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

The Shadow of the Wind- Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Editorial Planeta. Spain, 2001 Rating: M+ (Frequent Course Language; Infrequent Descriptive Nudity; Multiple Implicit Sex Scenes; Moderate Violence; Infrequent Moderate Sexual References; Mild … Continue reading

February 18, 2015

Time and Chance – Sharon Penman

Time and Chance – Sharon Kay Penman. Putnam. USA, 2002 Rating: M (Battle violence; Murder; Adult themes; Frequent sexual references; Occasional, mild sex scenes) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Proficient) … Continue reading

August 25, 2014

When Christ and His Saints Slept – Sharon Penman

When Christ and His Saints Slept – Sharon Kay Penman. Michael Joseph. London, 1994 Rating: M (Battle violence; Adult themes; Frequent sexual references; Occasional, mild sex scenes) Difficulty: 1 2 … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · 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

An Infinity of Mirrors – Richard Condon

An Infinity of Mirrors– Richard Condon. William Heinemann Ltd, London, 1964. Rating: M+ (Descriptive, infrequent sex scenes, Adult themes: rape, genocide, Frequent, moderate violence) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Proficient) … Continue reading

May 29, 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

And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini

And the Mountains Echoed– Khaled Hosseini, Bloomsbury, London, 2013 Rating: M (Infrequent moderate coarse language, Infrequent moderate sexual references, Infrequent moderate violence, Moderate Adult Themes: war, poverty, death, suicide, abandonment, refugees, relationships, … Continue reading

March 14, 2014

Almost French – Sarah Turnbull

Almost French– Sarah Turnbull. Random House, Australia. 2012. Also Known as: Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris (Gotham, 2004) Rating: PG (Adult Themes: Relationships, Culture) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Proficient) Country … Continue reading

October 31, 2013

A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities– Charles Dickens. Chapman & Hall. London, 1859 Rating: PG (Adult Themes, Infrequent Sexual References, Moderate Violence) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Challenging) Country of Origin / Focus: United Kingdom / … Continue reading

October 31, 2013

Villette – Charlotte Bronte

Villette– Charlotte Bronte. Smith, Elder & Co., United Kingdom. 1853. Rating: G Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Challenging) Country of Origin / Focus: United Kingdom / France Reviewed by: S Rose

October 31, 2013

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