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 Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway, Charles Scribner’s Sons, United States, 1952 Rating: G  Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Proficient) Country of Origin / Focus: Cuba, United States Reviewed by: S … Continue reading

November 28, 2016

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

Girl, Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen

Girl, Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen, Virago Press, United States, 1995 Rating: M+ (Semi-frequent strong coarse language; Mature Themes (mental illness and incarceration including references to suicide, shock therapy), mild violence, moderate references … Continue reading

October 13, 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

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

On the Road – Jack Kerouac

On the Road – Jack Kerouac Rating: M+ (Mild coarse language; moderate drug references; infrequent violence; moderate sexual references; a couple of implicit sex scenes; one brothel scene including some glorified description … 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

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

Tully – Paullina Simons

Tully – Paullina Simons, Flamingo, London, 1994 (this edition 1995) Rating: R (Moderate coarse language; multiple explicit and described sex scenes; multiple implicit sex scenes; strong sexual references; described nudity; moderate drug … Continue reading

May 1, 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

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

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

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

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