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 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

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

The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo’s Calling– Robert Galbraith (J K Rowling). Little Brown. United Kingdom, 2013 Rating: M+ (Frequent Very Strong Coarse Language; Moderate Sexual References; One Implicit Sex Scene; Infrequent Descriptive Nudity; Strong Violence; … Continue reading

May 25, 2015

Knights of the Hawk – James Aitcheson

Knights of the Hawk – James Aitcheson. Preface. United Kingdom, 2013 Rating: M (Frequent battle violence; Adult themes; Occasional course language; Occasional, low-level sexual references) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 … Continue reading

December 9, 2014

Madeleine – Kate McCann

Madeleine: Our daughter’s disappearance and the continuing search for her – Kate McCann, Corgi Edition, UK, 2012 Rating: M (Infrequent, moderate coarse language; mild sexual references including paedophilia; implied violence; … Continue reading

September 2, 2014

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

The Splintered Kingdom – James Aitcheson

The Splintered Kingdom – James Aitcheson. Preface. United Kingdom, 2012 Rating: M (Frequent battle violence; Adult themes; Occasional course language) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Proficient) Country of Origin / … Continue reading

July 30, 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

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald – Therese Anne Fowler

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald – Therese Anne Fowler. Two Roads. United Kingdom, 2013 Rating: M (Infrequent Course Language; Frequent strong drug and alcohol references; A couple implicit Sex … Continue reading

May 23, 2014

The Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare

The Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare. Simon&Schuster. United States, 2013 Rating: M+ (Frequent moderate violence; Supernatural themes; infrequent moderate sexual references – one moderate sex scene; infrequent low level coarse language) Difficulty: 1 … Continue reading

May 16, 2014

Camp David – David Walliams

Camp David– David Walliams, Michael Joseph, United Kingdom, 2012 Rating: M+ (Strong Coarse Language; Moderate Sexual References; Some described nudity; Mild Drug Use; Moderate Homosexual References; Moderate Adult Themes: Depression … Continue reading

May 10, 2014

The Clockwork Prince – Cassandra Clare

The Clockwork Prince– Cassandra Clare. Simon&Schuster. United States, 2011 Rating: M (Frequent moderate violence; Supernatural themes; infrequent mild sexual references; infrequent low level coarse language) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Confident) Country of Origin / … Continue reading

April 23, 2014

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