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

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

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

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

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

Eleven Hours – Paulinna Simons

Eleven Hours – Paullina Simons, St Martin’s Press, New York, 1999 Rating: M+ (Infrequent moderate coarse language; Infrequent moderate violence; One scene of explicit sexual violence towards the end; Moderate Themes: kidnapping, … Continue reading

October 5, 2015

A Bend in the Road – Nicholas Sparks

A Bend in the Road – Nicholas Sparks Rating: M (Infrequent moderate violence; mild coarse language; sexual references; one mildly described sex scene) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Confident) Country of Origin / Focus: United … Continue reading

July 13, 2015

Gone – Michael Grant

Gone – Michael Grant, Harper Collins, US, 2008 Rating: M (Moderate violence including some torture and cruelty, some gruesome scenes, mild horror, bulimia references, Moderate Themes: supernatural, power, death) Difficulty: … Continue reading

November 4, 2014

No Compromise – Melody Green and David Hazard

No Compromise: The Life Story of Keith Green – Melody Green & David Hazard, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, 2008 (Legacy Edition. Original Edition Published 1989) Rating: M (Moderate drug and … Continue reading

September 19, 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

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson. Simon & Schuster Books. United States, 2010 Rating: M (Infrequent Course Language; Two implicit Sex Scenes; Infrequent Moderate Sexual References; Frequent mild … Continue reading

August 14, 2014

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